Eric Clapton's fourth Crossroads Guitar Festival took place this past Friday and Saturday night at New York City's Madison Square Garden. Besides Clapton, this year's lineup included Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Jimmie Vaughan, the Allman Brothers Band, Gary Clark Jr., Robert Cray and Vince Gill.
Texas blues guitarist Jimmie Vaughan — one of the founders of the Fabulous Thunderbirds and the older brother of the late Stevie Ray Vaughan — is recovering from a heart attack he suffered January 23 in California. Vaughan, 61, had an acute Myocardial Infarction.
The 35th-annual Kennedy Center Honors aired December 26 on CBS. The performance, which was recorded December 2 in Washington, DC, honored Led Zeppelin, Dustin Hoffman, David Letterman and ballerina Natalia Makarova.
It seems like only yesterday that The Fabulous Thunderbirds, an upstart rocking-blues band from Austin, Texas, released their debut album, Girls Go Wild. It was, in fact, more than three decades ago. Since that time, Jimmie Vaughan, the T-birds’ founder and guitarist from 1976 to 1989, has gone from being a skinny kid with a Strat and a perm to one of today’s elder statesmen of the blues.
What is a blues album in 2011? If you believe the gang over at the Grammy Awards, it's whatever sort of music is being made by anyone who happens to be a member of The Allman Brothers Band. Earlier this month, new albums by Gregg Allman, Warren Haynes and the Tedeschi-Trucks Band (featuring Allman Brothers guitarist Derek Trucks) were nominated for Best Blues Album.
As an editor at GuitarWorld.com, I listen to tons o' music -- all sorts of weird stuff. One day in the summer, I even found myself listening to an album made by a bunch of nuns chanting in Latin. I'm still not sure why that happened. Anyway, the point is, amid the beatings my ear drums withstand on a daily basis, it's easy to choose my favorite albums of the year; they're the ones I found myself listening to over and over again.
Speaking with the legendary Texas guitarist as he prepares for his upcoming tour, Eric Johnson reveals much on his recording process, the musicians he works with and how he embraces music's ever-changing digital frontier.
Think about it: George Harrison and Jimmie Vaughan on the same song together ... a song that was written by Bob Dylan ... which was used on the soundtrack to something as crappy as Porky's Revenge, no less.
Johnny Nicholas is a bluesman's bluesman who's loyal to his roots and steeped in the tradition of the old masters. Nicholas has shared the stage with such legends as Muddy Waters, Robert Lockwood Jr., Jimmie Vaughan and Big Walter Horton. Currently on tour with his band Hellbent, Nicholas, who sings from his heart and shoots from his hip, sat down with us to talk about his latest album, Future Blues, released on The Peoples Label on July 12.