Stevie is a world famous guitar player to his fans, but he’s my little brother
On assignment with the Bob Bullock Texas History Museum, Edwards Media was delighted to spend an evening with Jimmie Vaughan, brother to the late guitar legend Stevie Ray Vaughan. A legend of his own accord, he toured our crew around two landmarks venues, recounting the early days of his career and the Austin blues scene that launched both brothers into stardom.
On March 10th, the Bullock Museum will be opening a new exhibit titled Pride & Joy: The Texas Blues of Stevie Ray Vaughan. This video piece by Edwards Media will contribute to the memorabilia on display for the exhibit that is guest-curated by Jimmie.
Jimmie Vaughan is a story-teller. Prompted by an album cover or old photo, he weaves in and out of the history of blues and how Austin has evolved for several hours before a Saturday night performance.
We really got the blues scene going
As we walked around town, he was greeted by name by fans, doormen and women, musicians, and curious passerby’s. Dressed in a gray tweed suit and black, silver-spurred cowboy boots, Vaughan carries the all cool-factor of a seasoned bluesman. He also carries his guitar in a leopard print case. He’s the real deal and his legacy is very much alive in the Capitol City.
He took us into Antone’s, the world famous blues club that served as the launch pad for his and Stevie’s careers. While browsing the record store, he told anecdotes about the different blues albums before heading to the prints rack and adding context to the photos for sale. The walls inside the club are adorned with photos of him and Stevie, as well as an early poster of Jimmie’s chart-topping 80s band, The Fabulous Thunderbirds.
As the evening went on, we followed Jimmie to his performance at the new, retro-designed blues bar, C-Boys Heart & Soul on South Congress. Before the show he sat down with us in the upstairs Jade Room for a formal interview, holding his guitar and sitting in a plush red booth.
Filled with a mix of 20-somethings and old timers, Jimmie kicked into a late night sit with his blues trio featuring Mike Flanigin on Hammond B3 organ.
The style is different than his little brothers. There’s more of a jazz influence than the high-octane tones associated with SRV, but much of the showmanship that both brothers pulled from was present. They grew up idolizing the same blues giants: Albert King, Johnny Watson, Muddy Waters
We kept the camera running and the blues legend played on into the night.
The Edwards Media film will be featured as part of Pride & Joy: The Texas Blues of Stevie Ray Vaughan, opening March 10 at The Bob Bullock Museum.