On July 26 2011, Jimmie Vaughan released Plays More Blues, Ballads and Favorites. With the follow up to 2010's Grammy-nominated Blues, Ballads and Favorites, Vaughan stuck with an idea that worked - covering some of his favorite songs to share with his fans.
The way Vaughan explains it, "The first album was a success, and what happened is I never really stopped. Even after I turned the first one in I was still recording. I've decided that, as long as I feel like it, I'm going to do that from now on."
It's a good thing Vaughan kept on doing it. More Blues features 14 great songs, and by the time Vaughan gets through with them, you can't help but wonder why some of them have almost been forgotten. Vaughan seems to move almost effortlessly between genres, mixing country, blues, and R&B.
With a little Gene Autry here, some Ray Charles there, the first thought is that surely there's no way the album works as a whole. Think again. With the help of his excellent band, and with Lou Ann Barton back again to assist on vocals, Vaughan pulls it off. He's totally on his game, but never forgets to let the song be the star. From beginning to end, the album is simply fun.
Vaughan is currently touring, but unfortunately there are no scheduled appearances in the Kansas City area. Fans that don't mind a road trip can catch him on October 21 in St. Charles, MO, where he'll be playing The Family Arena.
Plays More Blues, Ballads and Favorites Song List:
- I Ain't Never
- No Use Knocking
- Teardrop Blues
- I Hang My Head And Cry
- It's Been A Long Time
- Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
- What Makes You So Tough
- I'm In The Mood For You
- Cried Like A Baby
- Oh Oh Oh
- I'm A Love You
- The Rains Came
Thank you to Shout! Factory records for providing a review copy of this CD.