Jimmie Vaughan Trio featuring Mike Flanigan
Reviews for the new CD: Jimmie Vaughan Trio featuring Mike Flanigan Live at C-Boy's
“Blues guitar legend Jimmie Vaughan and Hammond B-3 ace Mike Flanigin have been giving Austin audiences a treat for several years with their regular trio shows C-Boys Heart & Soul. For the first time these long-lost blues brothers have recorded and released their musical magic on the new “Live at C-Boy’s” release.”
-Jody Denberg,KUTX FM
“The track listing reads like a hip mid-1960s jukebox. It comprises some straight-up blues covers of Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown and Smokey Smothers, ballads such as "Frame for the Blues," several soul jazz classics and a jazzy instrumental version of the Beatles' "Can't Buy Me Love."
-Tim Livingston, Dallas Observer
“Jimmie Vaughan is a guy that makes me star-struck.”
-Marc Maron, WTF
“Live at C-Boy’s really captures a moment in time and puts listeners in an atmospheric setting that is vintage cool and vintage Vaughan…which of course is the same thing.”
-Blues Junction Productions
This smoky, late-night organ date successfully conjures genre masters Jimmy Smith and Jack McDuff, and like those scratchy thrift store finds, this trio reinterprets familiar tunes instrumentally while seeking new dynamic turf.
-Tim Stegall, The Austin Chronicle
“This is an album that gets the job done no matter when it's spun, and anyone who ever wanted to Shing-a-ling and Monkey Dog across a crowded dance floor is directed to waste no time and tear that top off now. Boogie or die”
-Bill Bentley, Bentley’s Bandstand
“…..the level of musicianship is top-notch all around, from Flanigin’s magnetic Baby Face Willette-style Hammond magic to Smith’s thunderous drumming to Vaughan’s steady-as-a-rock rhythm and lead playing.”
-Damian Fanelli, Guitar World
“When Jimmie Vaughan isn’t out fronting his big Tilt-A-Whirl band, there’s nothing he likes more than grooving in this fine trio at C-Boy’s Heart and Soul in his hometown of Austin, Texas.”
“These very cool recordings - oozing with the late-night club atmosphere of Steve Wertheimer’s gem on South Congress Avenue - perfectly capture Mike Flanigin’s mastery of the mighty Hammond B3 and Frosty Smith’s attentive drumming which form the bedrock for Jimmie to lay down some of that trademark peckin’ guitar.”
Malcolm Mills, Chairman, Proper Music Group
Hammond B3 organ master Mike Flanigin brings his jazz trio to C-Boy’s Heart and Soul, featuring George Rains on drums and Jimmie Vaughan playing guitar as only he can. The Trio recently celebrated their new release, Jimmie Vaughan Trio featuring Mike Flanigin Live at C-Boy’s on Proper Records.
Flanigin and Vaughan originally crossed paths years ago during Mike and drummer Barry ‘Frosty' Smith’s residency at the Continental Club Gallery. One night, after spotting Jimmie at several previous shows, Mike asked if he would sit in on a gig to which Jimmie declined - but suggested that the pair convene at his home studio to work together. After a few sessions playing with ideas and establishing a sound they began performing live as “The Mike Flanigin Trio featuring Jimmie Vaughan.”
The trio performed at The Continental Gallery for several years before moving to C-Boy’s. “It held more people,” Mike said on the move, “and had more room for girls to dance too. Everyone from the neighborhood likes to come out, you see a mix of new and familiar faces at each show. Every night is different. We just like to play and sing, and we play and sing whatever we feel like.”
The songs on Jimmie Vaughan Trio featuring Mike Flanigin Live at C-Boy’s were recorded on March 18th & 19th of 2017 with Jimmie (guitar all tracks, vocals on “Dirty Work At The Crossroads”), Mike (Hammond B3 all tracks, vocals on “Come On Rock Little Girl“ and “Hey! Baby”) and Frosty (drums). The CD was produced by Jimmie, recorded by Jared Tuten, mixed at Wire Recording (by Jared Tuten and assisted by Carter Greeves) and mastered at Joe Gastwirt Mastering by Joe Gastwirt. The album cover photo was taken by Ephiram Owens.
Jimmie Vaughan: Jimmie Vaughan’s style as a player, songwriter and bandleader can be thought of as an amalgamation of so many influences. Known for his deceptively simple yet complex attack, his clean, uncluttered style capitalizes on conveying the emotion and message within the music, He utilizes raw emotion, simplicity, and an elegance that is powerful and accessible, yet communicates exactly what he feels inside. It’s an approach that has earned him the respect of many of the greats of contemporary music, and guest appearances on such albums as B.B. King and Eric Clapton’s Riding With The King, Bob Dylan’s Under The Red Sky, Willie Nelson’s Milk Cow Blues, Carlos Santana’s Havana Moon and Don Henley’s Inside Job.
Mike Flanigin: Mike 'The Drifter' Flanigin is a Hammond B3 organist who comes from the tradition of great jazz/blues organists of the 1940's-1960's. From Texas, he traveled to New York City early in his career to learn first-hand from his idol, legendary jazz organist Big John Patton. It was also during this period that he spent time with the great organ masters: Jimmy Smith, Brother Jack McDuff and Jimmy McGriff. Aside from his own solo career, he is also widely know as the 'go to' Hammond organist for guitar greats Jimmie Vaughan, Billy Gibbons and Steve Miller.
The trio will be performing at C-Boy’s in December. Check their calendar at: http://www.cboys.com/calendar/ for upcoming shows.
Bentley’s Bandstand Review:
The Blues Lounge Radio Show with Jimmie Vaughan (Mixcloud.com):
The Austin Chronicle review:
WTF with Marc Maron: Jimmie Vaughan interview: