Article and photos by: Dennis Mitchell
Richardson, TX.- Wrapping up this year’s music festivities on Wildflower’s main stage is yet another Dallas/Oak Cliff native. The courtyard area is packed as Jimmie Vaughan and the Tilt-a-Whirl Band light up the stage with his own style of Texas blues. A sound many of us became familiar with during his time with The Fabulous Thunderbirds. His playing style can be heard on numerous recordings, and for some, most notably on the CD “Family Style” that was recorded with his younger brother Stevie Ray Vaughan. Yet blues really isn’t a proper label for Vaughan’s music when you think about where it comes from. It’s like a culmination of blues, R&B, and jazz, with a modern feel, while paying respect to the early blues artists that started it all. Call it what you like, the crowd at Wildflower loved it!
The Tilt-a-Whirl Band brings classic horns and a first class rhythm section to the stage. With George Rains on drums, Billy Pitman covering rhythm guitar,
Billy Horton on bass, along with Mike Rinta on Trombone, and Doug James on Baritone Sax, it just doesn’t get much better!
Completing the band is another name that’s no stranger to the Texas blues scene, Lou Ann Barton. He sweet and soulful voice was the icing on the cake!
If you missed their show at Wildflower, you can hear Jimmie Vaughan and Lou Ann Barton together on his CD “Plays More Blues, Ballads and Favorites”. For more info, trour dates, and other recordings, drop by http://www.jimmievaughan.com.