Jimmie Vaughan Trio releases debut album

Formed several years ago, the JIMMIE VAUGHAN TRIO calls Austin’s C-Boys’s club their home base, where you can find them most weekends. For Vaughan, the bass-less format of the band presents a challenge that he readily embraces. “As a guitarist, it pushes me in a different direction,” he told the Dallas Observer. “It’s always a learning thing. I have to learn stuff that I’m not necessarily comfortable with. So that’s good. It allows me to go over here on this side and hear things differently.”

Produced by Vaughan, Live at C-Boy’s is culled from two raucous performances last March 18 and 19 at Austin’s C-Boy’s Heart and Soul club. The recordings represent some of the final shows played by original trio drummer, Barry “Frosty” Smith (who passed away weeks later), and they’re fitting testaments to his talents. All three musicians tear it up on barnstorming versions “You Can’t Sit Down” (a 1963 hit for the Dovells) and “Dirty Work at the Crossroads,” as well as a slinky reading of Slim Harpo’s “Scratch My Back” (which Vaughan first recorded with the T-Birds) and a bracing cover of Smokey Smothers’ “Come On Rock Little Girl.” The boys even tip their hat to the British Invasion with a jazzy instrumental rendition of the Beatles’ “Can’t Buy Me Love.”

The early release of the record has met with raves, with Guitar World enthusing, “The level of musicianship is top-notch all around, from Flanigin’s magnetic Baby Face Willette-style Hammond magic to Smith’s thunderous drumming to Vaughan’s steady-as-a-rock rhythm and lead playing.” And on his WTF podcast, Marc Maron said, “The album is yet one more reminder of the unparalleled talents of Jimmie Vaughan.”

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