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Jimmie Vaughan celebrates 50 years with Continental Club series

Staff Writer
Austin 360

By Michael Corcoran

Editor’s note: This article was originally published November 14, 2013

Jimmie Vaughan moved to Austin in 1970, but for the seven previous years- from age 13- he was gigging all over the Dallas- Fort Worth area. The guitar great, whose career was bolstered in 1975, when Muddy Waters heard his band the Fabulous Thunderbirds, celebrates his 50 years in the biz with special shows the next five Tuesdays at the Continental Club. He’ll also play there New Year’s Eve. “What drew me here was that it felt free and had a lot of different kinds of music,” Vaughan said in a release announcing the anniversary shows with his band. “It was like San Francisco in Texas. People seemed to have an open attitude. I thought if they can play all this stuff, I can play the blues. That’s what brought me to Austin.” His brother Stevie Ray, four years younger, followed soon after. “I’m still at it and it’s not over,” Vaughan said. “I feel the same way about music today as when I started, I’m crazy about it!” Tickets to the Tuesday gigs are $15 at the door.