Tonight's Concert Pick
Real blues: Jimmie Vaughan plays on with his brother's ghost
Now imagine, heaven forbid, that one of these superstars had died young, unexpectedly throttling their legend from mortal freak of nature to God-like martyrdom. Do you think the brother left behind could handle a lifelong inferiority complex coupled with expectations to keep your brother's torch burning bright?
Welcome to Jimmie Vaughan's world.
The older brother of Texas blues icon Stevie Ray Vaughan, 59 year-old Jimmie spend his formative years living in Stevie Ray's immense blues-rockin' shadow. Then, Jimmie had to face the horror of his brother's death in a helicopter crash in 1990, followed by two decades of chasing amplified ghosts because of his last name.
Quietly, Jimmie Vaughan has carved out a resume that most other guitarists can only dream about though. He was mentored by luminaries like W.C. Clark and Freddie King and has been a regular club fixture in his native Dallas, Austin and H-Town. He's played in bands with every one from ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons to his brother Stevie and once opened up for The Jimi Hendrix Experience in Ft. Worth.
Tonight, Jimmie Vaughan strums his stuff at Warehouse Live, bringing a wealth of experience to the stage, along with his guitar.
Jimmie formed and helped develop the sound of The Fabulous Thunderbirds but left the band to collaborate with his famed brother for a brief period before Stevie Ray's death. Since then, Jimmie has played mainly as a solo artist, releasing four albums of brilliant electric Texas blues.
And, Jimmie Vaughan does know the blues. Check out his show and give this underappreciated Vaughan brother the Lone Star love he deserves.
Jimmie Vaughan and the Tilt-A-Whirl Band
8 p.m. at Warehouse Live