Jimmie Vaughan developed his own easily recognized personal style. He formed the band The Fabulous Thunderbirds with singer and harpist Kim Wilson, bassist Keith Fergusson, and drummer Mike Buck. (The original Fabulous Thunderbirds were all protégés of Austin, Texas, blues club owner Clifford Antone). The band’s first four albums, released between 1979 and 1983, are ranked among the most important ‘white blues’ recordings. These early albums did not sell well, so the band was left without a recording contract for a couple of years (during the time when Vaughan’s younger brother achieved commercial success).The Fabulous Thunderbirds got a new contract in 1986, and made several albums with a more commercially popular sound and production style. Vaughan left the band in 1989, and made his first and last “duo album, Family Style, with his younger brother, Stevie Ray Vaughan. Before the album’s release, Stevie Ray died in a helicopter crash in East Troy Wisconsin, on August 27, 1990. The album was released a few days after the tragic accident. The artist listed on the album was “The Vaughan Brothers.” The album was light, blues-influenced rock, with Jimmie Vaughan singing on several tracks.
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