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(Vocal/instrumental group, 1974–present)

Fusing straight blues, early rock’n’roll and classic R&B, the Texas roadhouse band – formed by guitarist Jimmie Vaughan and harpist/vocalist Kim Wilson – built a cult following throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, before breaking through commercially in 1986 with Tuff Enuff. While the band’s early Chrysalis recordings appealed mainly to blues and rock’n’roll purists, their late 1980s output for Epic, including 1987’s Hot Number and 1989’s Powerful Stuff, brought wider recognition and helped to absorb rock fans into the blues arena.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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