It's been 50 years since Jimmie Vaughan started playing guitar -- a mark he said "felt good until I told someone. Then I felt old!"
Vaughan, 63, has certainly made good use of that time. Opening for the Jimi Hendrix Experience in Fort Worth when he was 18, he went on to become a six-string hero in Austin -- along with his younger brother Stevie Ray Vaughan -- and co-founded the Fabulous Thunderbirds. Vaughan went solo in 1990 and has released seven albums since.
"When I started playing it was all I wanted to do," Vaughan notes. "I noticed I could play pretty good in a couple days, so I thought to myself, 'Well, gee, I'll just practice a lot and go out and play and get a real good band, and then I can guy a car an drive away.
"That's really why I was doing it, to buy a car. I was 13 and just crazy about cars and hot rod magazines, and that was all I ever thought about. Now I have a car -- and I'm still playing."
Vaughan is working on a third edition of the "Plays Blues, Ballads & Favorites" albums he started in 2010 and says he has "about half an album in the can already." But he's not going to rush anything out until it's right, he promises.
"Y'know, I love to play more now, I think, than ever," he says. "I just love it, and I'm always trying to learn something new or trying to figure this out or that out or learn this chord change or something.
"When I was a kid, my dad told me, 'Son, don't ever think you're the best or you're getting too good for your own britches; as soon as you think that, somebody's gonna walk in the room and kick your butt.' So I'm always trying to learn. A lot of stuff you may not use, but you may use it someday. And it's just so much fun, so why would I stop."
Jimmie Vaughan & the Tilt-A-Whirl Band featuring Lou Ann Barton and Sonny Moorman perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, at Callahan's Music Hall, 2105 South Blvd., Auburn Hills. Tickets are $55-$75. Call 248-858-9508 or visit www.atcallahans.com.
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