Jimmie Vaughan, co-founding guitarist of the Fabulous Thunderbirds and brother of the late Stevie Ray Vaughan, has suffered a heart attack and will be off the road for as long as a month.
The health scare was revealed on the web site for the Mahindra Blues Festival, where Vaughan was scheduled to appear. The Mumbai, India, event is set to include sets from Robert Randolph, Popa Chubby and Walter Trout, among others.
Vaughan’s greatest influence as a youth was Freddie King, who mentored the Dallas native, 61. One of his early groups opened for the Jimi Hendrix Experience in 1969. By 1979, Vaughan had helped form the Fabulous Thunderbirds with vocalist and harpist Kim Wilson, and the group had a pair of pop hits in the mid-1980s — including “Tuff Enuff.”
Vaughan took a break from the band in time to record a duo album with Stevie Ray Vaughan, though the resulting Family Style project was released after Vaughan’s younger brother had been killed in a helicopter crash. Vaughan would continue as a solo act. He’s claimed four Grammys since leaving the Thunderbirds, most recently for 2001′s Do You Get the Blues?
Vaughan apparently had the heart attack on Wednesday, January 23, 2013, according to the site’s announcement, and doctors performed a coronary angioplasty, then placed a stent. The announcement says Vaughan remains in the hospital, and has been advised by a cardiologist to rest.
Jimmy Thackery and the Drivers will replace Vaughan on the Mumbai bill, where he was set to appear with the Tilt-A-Whirl Band as well as vocalist Lou Ann Barton.
In a statement, Vaughan said: “I feel really good and I can’t wait to get back to work with my band.”