Jimmie Vaughan: Baby, Please Come Home
Jimmie Vaughan has been a reliable purveyor of the blues for more than four decades, going back to his involvement with the Fabulous Thunderbirds, leading into a solo career that has earned him all sorts of awards, Grammys included. Baby, Please Come Home is his first new studio set since 2011’s Plays More Blues, Ballads & Favorites , and that title could just as easily have applied to this one: It’s what Jimmie Vaughan does. Recorded in San Marcos, Texas, with members of his regular band and a handful of guest players and singers, the new release finds Vaughan reaching into his jukebox and putting his stamp on tunes borrowed from Jimmy Reed, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Fats Domino, T-Bone Walker, country great Lefty Frizzell and others. As he’s wont to do, Vaughan surveys a number of different takes on the blues, including the uptempo “Be My Lovey Dovey,” an Etta James number that was the first track pulled from the album and offered online. Vaughan is a master at matching the smooth and the gritty, exemplified here via his alternating of crystalline-toned guitar lines with vocals that mean business. The album’s other jumpers, including “It’s Love Baby (24 Hours a Day),” “Baby. What’s Wrong” and the title track, bring out Vaughan’s mischievous and animated side, but give him a ballad that oozes sensuality, like “Midnight Hour,” and a whole other personality emerges. Vaughan may not be one for surprises, but if you’re looking for classic blues and nothing but classic blues, then he’s your first stop.