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Classic Album Review: Jimmie Vaughan | Do You Get the Blues?

The veteran guitarist serves up another slate of solid, workmanlike Texas blues.


This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


There’s an old standup comedy (I think it might be George Carlin) bit about how tough Jesus’ brother would have had it (“When He comes for dinner, we always have wine!”). You have to wonder if Jimmie Vaughan doesn’t feel the same way now and then.

After all, he’s had a long and acclaimed career as a founding member of The Fabulous Thunderbirds — and he’s issued a handful of decent solo albums. But for much (if not most) of the public at large, he’s just Stevie Ray’s brother. Do You Get the Blues, unfortunately, may not do much to change that view. Like Vaughan’s other albums, it’s a solid if slightly unspectacular set of sizzling, midtempo Texas blues and roadhouse fare, highlighted by the  journeyman’s tastefully understated guitar solos and surprisingly soulful voice. By any other name, he might be the king of Texas blues instead of its big brother. But that’s just the cross he has to bear, I guess.