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Album Review

Some tribute projects to earlier greats seek to modernize and update their music. This project, co-led by singer Omar Kent Dykes and guitarist Jimmie Vaughan, instead focuses on revitalizing the music of Jimmy Reed in traditional settings. While not closely copying the original recordings, these new renditions are very much "in the tradition." With his deep and low voice, Dykes does justice to the lyrics and feelings in the music; Vaughan has plenty of fine guitar solos; and the guest spots of singer Lou Ann Barton and either Kim Wilson, James Cotton, Gary Primich, or Delbert McClinton on harmonica add to both the variety and the power of the music. As with the best tribute projects, this one will send listeners back to Jimmy Reed's original records while also standing by itself as a heartfelt and relevant homage to the great bluesman.

Customer Reviews

They have Captured the Soul of Jimmy Reed

Listening to Elwood doing the Blues Hour on the radio tonight, highlighting this album, made me come to iTunes to check it out. I will buy this album. It's Jimmy Reed updated and so enjoyable, you just want to get up and dance. Thanks Jimmie and Omar for a great album. I highly recommend this to all Jimmy Reed afficiandos!

Bring it on Jimmie Vaughan!!

Wow, bring it on Jimmie, Omar, Lou Ann, and friends. This music gets me moving every time. I love it so much. Thank you I-Tunes for bringing this album to us, my soul really needed it.

On the Jimmy Reed Highway

This album will turn any negative into a positive, this is feel good music!!!


Born: March 20, 1951 in Dallas, TX

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

As a founding member of the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Jimmie Vaughan was one of the leading Austin, Texas guitarists of the late '70s and '80s, responsible for opening the national market up for gritty roadhouse blues and R&B. Influenced by guitarists like Freddie King, B.B. King, and Albert King, Vaughan developed a tough, lean sound that became one of the most recognizable sounds of '70s and '80s blues and blues-rock. For most of his career, Vaughan co-led the Fabulous Thunderbirds with vocalist Kim...
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