A YEAR IN MUSIC: THE VAUGHAN BROTHERS – Family Style (1990)

A YEAR IN MUSIC: 1990
Review by: Roland Bruynesteyn

The Vaughan Brothers are Stevie Ray and Jimmy. Stevie Ray is by far the most famous, and is considered by many to be one of Jimi Hendrix’ heirs. Jimmy was a member of the Fabulous Thunderbirds, sings and plays rhythm guitar, Stevie Ray plays solo guitar and sings as well. The album is actually quite varied, more varied than Stevie Ray’s solo output, but on the whole this may not be a good thing. Tick Tock for instance is a waste of their collective talents, Baboom/Mama Said sounds too funky for its own good. On the other hand, Long Way From Home, Telephone Song and Hard to Be would not have been out of place on Soul to Soul. It sounds like Jimmy brought the variety in sound and while that may be admirable (and Good Texan is nice), unfortunately they’re really the best at bluesy stuff. Brothers is a nice summary of the album: some great bluesy guitar playing, rather boring accompanying musicians, some silly back ground voices (“Turn that down!”)
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