Jimmie Vaughan blues fest headliner

Published on Thursday, 7 August 2014 22:03 - Written by Danny Mogle danny@inmagtexas.com

Guitarist Jimmie Vaug-han will headline the T-Bone Walker Blues Fest Sept. 12 to 13 in Longview, organizers announced.

His Tilt-A-Whirl band features blues vocalist Lou Ann Barton, a founding member of The Fabulous Thunderbirds. Vaughan is scheduled to tour throughout Europe this summer and headline the Calabogie Blues Festival in Ontario, Canada, before coming to Longview, according to the announcement.

Vaughan, brother of music legend Stevie Ray Vaughan, is returning for his second headline performance. He also topped the artist list in 2009.

In a statement released by the festival, Vaughan said he still loves making music. “I’m just trying to have fun like everyone else. I’ve been playing since I was 13. I play every day. I’ve never stopped. I can’t imagine that I could exist without it.”  

Among others set to perform are guitarist Eric Gales and his Trio, Rick Derringer Band, Jimmie Wallace and the Stratoblasters, Anson Funderburgh and the Rockets and Blues Foundation Award winner Lurrie Bell and his Chicago Blues Band.

Also: The Stratoblasters & Jimmie Wallace, Eddie “The Chief” Clearwater, Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne, Cool John Ferguson, Texas Flood, Trudy Lynn with Steve Krase, John McVey & The Stumble, The Alan Fox Band, Tyler Lenius Band, Dagnabit, The Peterson Brothers Band and the Matthew Davidson Band.

“We are very pleased with how the lineup has come into place with the proper blend of styles from traditional blues onward that will appeal to a broad audience,” Nick Emiliani, the festival’s president said in the announcement. “And we will have a number of young performers, like the Peterson Brothers, Tyler Lenius and Matthew Davidson, who are carrying on the blues tradition.”

In its ninth year, the festival will take place at Maude Cobb Convention Center.

Named for blues icon T-Bone Walker, it previously was held in Walker’s hometown of Linden. This year the board moved it to the 40,000-square-foot Maude Cobb Center in order to accommodate larger crowds and generate more attention.

“We think that our partnership with the city of Longview and having the larger convention center available will allow us to take the festival to the next higher level, something it really deserves,” Festival Executive Director Rick Howell said.

The indoor stage will have reserved seating for 2,500 fans. Even more fans will be able to hear the acts scheduled for the general admission outdoor stage.

The music will begin at 4 p.m. on Sept. 12 and noon on Sept. 13. Vendors will be set up both days and a car show is planned for Sept. 13, organizers said.

Advance ticket sales are scheduled to begin in early August on the festival website at www.tbonewalkerbluesfest.com .