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Texas Blues Hero Jimmie Vaughan Recovering After Heart Attack

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Guitarist Jimmie Vaughan, a founding member of the Fabulous Thunderbirds and one of the nation's leading solo blues artists, has been discharged from a California hospital after being treated for a heart attack, according to a statement from his management Thursday morning.

Gretchen Barber, Executive Director of the Luther Wolf management firm, said Vaughan was admitted to Pomona Hospital Medical Center in southern California January 23 and operated on for an acute myocardial infarction. Vaughan received a corornary angioplasty and stent placement and was discharged from the hosptial January 25, Barber's statement added.

"Jimmie feels fine, but was advised by his cardiologist to rest at home for a month," Barber said.

In the same statement, the guitarist said, "I feel really good and I can't wait to get back to work with my band."

Vaughan, 61, was forced to cancel an appearance next month at the Mahindra Blues Festival in Mumbai, India, but no other cancellations were announced. His Web site still lists dates in March at Sam's Burger Joint in San Antonio, Dallas' Granada Theatre and with Buddy Guy at the Delta Downs racetrack in Louisiana, as well as his upcoming appearance at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival in April at New York's Madison Square Garden.

Vaughan and his Tilt-a-Whirl Band, featuring vocalist Lou Ann Barton, were one of the headliners of the 2011 Houston International Festival, and played last fall's first-ever "Boogie, Blues & Brews" event in League City. He performed Guitar Slim's "Things That I Used to Do" alongside Gary Clark Jr. at last month's Kennedy Center Honors in tribute to Guy, a 2012 honoree.

His most recent recording is 2011 LP Plays More Blues, Ballads & Favorites (Shout! Factory), a sequel to 2009's Plays Blues, Ballads & Favorites.

Get well soon, JLV.


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