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Interview:
Jimmie Vaughan at Token Lounge, 5 Things to Know
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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Jimmie Vaughan's new album "Baby, Please Come Home" is indeed a homecoming of sorts for the veteran guitarist.



The set finds Vaughan -- older brother of the late Stevie Ray Vaughan and a former member of the Fabulous Thunderbirds -- revisiting his blues and country roots with new versions of songs originally done by Jimmy Reed, Fats Domino, Etta James, Lefty Frizell, Lloyd Price, T-Bone Walker and others. The album was recorded live on the floor with an A-list band in San Marcos, Texas and represents a labor of love that provides insight into Vaughan's musical soul.



He's played most of these songs live over the years as well, and the album's release has him back on the road and in his "native habitat" on stage...



Vaughan, 68, says by phone that "Baby, Please Come Home" was both organic and unexpected. "What I did in my own mind was make singles. I go in and tell myself I only have to make two or three (songs) at a time. If you keep it up the next thing you know, you've got an album. Instead of having to think to yourself, 'I've got to do these 10 songs' and all that, which can be overwhelming, I just pretend I'm making my next (single) and kind of trick myself into make an (album)."



Vaughan chose this group of songs because "I can relate to 'em. There's a couple of country songs, and we did Lefty Frizell songs even in the Thunderbirds. Lefty was on the edge of rock 'n' roll or R&B or country; He kind of went all over the place. I like to take the country stuff and rock it up or blues it up, or vice versa."



There is a loose theme to the songs on "Baby, Please Come Home" as well, Vaughan acknowledges. "There's a lot of, 'You're a dirty cheater' or 'You're out to screw me' or something. I sit around and listen to Country & Western back from the 50s and 60s. I listen to American music all the time. This stuff just seems fun to me. It's just about life; I know it sound simple, but that's really what it is."



This year marks 25 years since Vaughan released his first solo album, "Strange Pleasure," following his "Family Style" album with his brother just before the latter's death. "I sort of got over the solo thing on 'Family Style;' I remember I showed up with a bunch of instrumentals, 'DFW' and all these different things. and Nile Rodgers (the producer) said, 'What are you gonna sing?' I said 'Stevieís gonna sing a couple' and he said, 'No, you've got to sing, too' and I was like 'Uh, uh, uh...' So I had to sing, which I secretly wanted to do but hadn't done since I was a kid. I've sort of gotten comfortable singing now; Iím not that good, but I can sing my own stuff."



Jimmie Vaughan performs Sunday, June 23, at the Token Lounge, 28949 Joy Road, Westland. Doors at 8 p.m. $35-$50. 734-513-5030 or thetokenlounge.com.

Web Site: www.thetokenlounge.com

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