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Jimmie Vaughan

Jimmie Vaughan has set the standard for quality modern roots music. With the Fabulous Thunderbirds, he helped reintroduce an authentic shot of Texas blues into the pop charts, and he has long held the admiration of his peers, his idols and successive generations of young players.


Born in March 1951 in Dallas, Vaughan grew up absorbing classic Top 40 radio, vintage blues, early rock ‘n’ roll, rhythm and blues and jazz. He was given a guitar at age 13 to occupy him while recuperating from a football injury, and it quickly became apparent that he had a natural affinity for the instrument (he even started teaching younger brother Stevie, who always cited his elder brother as his biggest inspiration and influence).

Vaughan started his first band, the Swinging Pendulums, at age 13, and was soon regularly playing Dallas nightclubs. He joined popular local group the Chessman at age 15, opening concerts in Dallas for Jimi Hendrix. After hearing Muddy Waters and Freddie King play in Dallas, Vaughan delved deeply into the blues, blending his many influences into a clean, economical and highly articulate style that relied on a powerful less-is-more approach.

In 1969, Vaughan co-founded Texas Storm. The group, which eschewed Top 40 covers in favor of Texas blues and soul, moved to Austin and quickly won over audiences.

Determined to create an ideal blues vehicle with a modern appeal and traditional musical sense, Vaughan co-founded the Fabulous Thunderbirds in the mid 1970s. The Thunderbirds became the house band at legendary Austin nightclub Antone’s, and went on to record several seminal modern blues albums fueled by Vaughan’s impeccable playing, including the hit Tuff Enough (1986).Vaughan left the Thunderbirds in 1990. Jimmie and Stevie Ray Vaughan then recorded their first studio album together, Family Style, but, tragically, Stevie Ray was killed in a helicopter crash in August 1990, a month before the album was released. Jimmie Vaughan was devastated, and it was quite a while before he released any new material.

Vaughan recorded his first solo album, Strange Pleasure, in 1994, followed by Out There (1998) and Do You Get the Blues? (2001). Fender introduced its Jimmie Vaughan Tex-Mex™ Strat guitar in 1997. He remains a busy and respected artist whose reputation as a guitarist, songwriter and bandleader is seldom matched.