Jimmie Vaughan Plays More Blues, Ballads & Favorites

Jimmie Vaughan Plays More Blues, Ballads & Favorites
It's easier to be prolific when you're not writing the songs, so Texas blues veteran Vaughan (ex-Fabulous Thunderbirds) has quickly followed up last year's acclaimed (and Grammy-nominated) Plays Blues, Ballads & Favorites with this equally entertaining sequel. He has eclectic musical taste, so choices here include New Orleans-style romps, R&B, horn-driven jump tunes and blues material. He even puts a convincingly bluesy twist on tunes associated with honky-tonk heroes Webb Pierce ("I Ain't Never") and Hank Williams ("I Hang My Head and Cry"). Making a return appearance is fellow Texan star Lou Ann Barton, and her strong voice is a welcome addition on three tunes, with a cover of Bobby Charles's "No Use Knocking" a highlight. Such top Austin players as George Rains and Greg Piccolo are featured, and a gutsy horn section appears on all but one cut: Jimmy Reed's "I'm A Love You." Vaughan's guitar work is typically versatile and fluent, and he saves his best vocal performance for the final cut, the powerful Huey P. Meaux ballad "The Rains Came." (Shout! Factory)