Posts Tagged ‘Bluegrass’

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Nicole Vaughn

Nicole Vaughn is a singer-songwriter from Southern California. Her rock-like intensity paired with her sincere, soulful lyrics have given folk music a whole new meaning. Nicole’s most recent album, “Say It” was produced by Kelly Winrich (Delta Spirit) and Todd Hannigan. The album received a Best Folk nomination from OC Music Awards. Nicole Vaughn spoke with Tuned In, Turned Up about her upcoming album, her favorite artists, and her goals for the future.

Who or what attracted you to songwriting and helped to influence your sound?

I originally started writing some pretty bad poetry around 11 and would try to write little melodies and songs too them. Eventually, at 13 I started to learn how to play the guitar and just put the three together. Although my influences have definitely changed, I loved Jewel when I was in middle school so I think that had a lot to do with it too. I loved her album “Spirit”.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome as an artist? 

Honestly, there are a lot of hard things that come with being an artist. In a way, I’m on working trying to desensitize myself to people’s praise or criticism. It can get dangerous if you listen to both of those too often. Just trying to do what I do and be confident in that.

If you could collaborate with any musician, dead or alive, who would it be?

Tough question here. I think I’d really like to collaborate with the band Vetiver. I just love the spirit of that band. Really groovy, mellow vibes that come in shades of serious songwriting as well as toe-tapping danceable songs. They’ve got a great balance. I’d love to write some tunes with them.

What are some of your favorite artists or bands at the moment?

Mason Jennings always. I love the new Emmylou Harris album “Hard Bargain”. The National, Vetiver, Tall Tales and the Silver Lining, Sharon Van Etten, Emiliana Torrini. Those are some artists that I’ve been listening to a lot of as of late.

If you could go back in time and attend one concert of any artist in history, which would you choose?

That list is endless! But…I would have loved to have seen Johnny Cash and June Carter sing together. It would have just been crazy to watch them up there and feel the energy that the crowd was feeling at the time.

What can we expect from your next album and when will we get to hear it?

It’s going to be quite different from “Say it”. It’s a two part album called “Songs for Leaving, Songs for Other Things” that I’m recording with my buddy Jon O’Brien. The first half will be more blue grass/folk based featuring my friends Moonsville Collective and the second will be more electric. We’re in the midst of recording right now so I’m hoping to have it out by late June.

Do you have a long-term goal for your music, or dream as an artist?

I’d really just love to be able to do it as a living. I’d love to tour, do festivals, play shows abroad, have a decently packed room each night, and put out albums every couple of years with songs that I believe in. I want to play with soulful, respected, and kind musicians. We’ll see what the future holds. No matter how it turns out I’ll be fine cuz’ I’ll never stop playing and creating.


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Punch Brothers - Antifogmatic

Artist: Punch Brothers
Album: Antifogmatic
Song: Rye Whiskey
Genre: Bluegrass

Trampled By Turtles - Palomino

Artist: Trampled By Turtles
Album: Palomino
Song: Wait So Long
Genre: Bluegrass

“Which is the poison and which is the wine? The scent and the colors are so much alike. And how much of each will it take to decide when you’re at the table alone?”

The Avett Brothers - The Gleam

Old Crow Medicine Show - O.C.M.S.

Artist: Old Crow Medicine Show
Album: O.C.M.S.
Song: Wagon Wheel
Genre: Bluegrass


September 30, 2012
White River State Park, Indianapolis, IN

On September 30, I attended the Avett Brothers concert at The Lawn at White River State Park in Indianapolis, Indiana. There was no opening act, so us fans were graced with two hours of uninterrupted Avett Brother tunes. The line into the venue was roughly a quarter of a mile long and filled with the recognizable flannels and band shirts of the hipster generation. Between the skinny jeans and “Keep Calm and Avett On” t-shirts were hundreds of fans, young and old, anticipating the sweet, soulful, Southern sounds of Scott and Seth Avett.

Lawn chairs were handed out to all of the fans but were quickly piled in stacks across the grass to allow the fans to get as close to the stage as possible. The music playing off the speakers before the concert began was part of what I like to call “the classics” from which the Avett sound was derived. Speaking personally, at a concert, walking in to Johnny Cash, followed by the Rolling Stones, Wilco, and lastly The Beatles, is more than enough to get me pumped up for a great show.

Finally, the music died out, and just as the sun was setting, the Avett Brothers took the stage. By the time they finished the opening line, “Okay, so I was wrong about my reasons for us fallin’ out”, the crowd had already erupted with cheers and began to sing along to one of the Avett’s most popular songs, “Shame”. Weaving between each of their albums, including their new album, The Carpenter, the Avett Brother’s performed an incredible 23 songs, ending on an intense bluegrass jam, “Old Joe Clark”, an old war song previously covered by country legends like Hank Williams and Woody Guthrie.

While known as more of a bluegrass band, Seth and Scott Avett showed off their “rock” edge throughout the show, with songs like “Pretty Girl From Chile”, which segued into a heavy rock and roll jam. Band member, Joe Kown, also brought diversity to the expected “typical bluegrass” show with a cello performance you’d confuse with the shredding of an electric guitar. As the final note was played, and the Avett Brothers left the stage, the chanting for an encore began to echo louder and louder throughout the park. Finally, the band returned, picked up their instruments, and the audience screamed with joy.

The encore began with “Talk of Indolence” followed by a Neutral Milk Hotel cover of “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea”, which offered the perfect vehicle for the beautiful Avett harmonies we all know and love. After they finished this cover, their father, Jim Avett, joined them on stage for an old gospel tune, “Down by the Riverside”. Standing in a circle on stage with a spotlight on the family, Jim put his arms around his two boys and joined them in singing what was clearly an old favorite. The night ended with the family performing “Salvation Song” from their 2004 record, Mignonette.

Between the instrumental jams, vocal harmonies, crowd excitement, and effortless talent, this was truly an unforgettable show. With a live performance epic enough to match the success of their records (The Carpenter ranked number 4 on Billboard’s Top 200), there’s no holding back these North Carolina brothers!

Setlist: Shame, I Never Knew You, Down With the Shine, At the Beach, Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise, Paul Newman vs. The Demons, Winter in My Heart, Paranoia in Bb Major, Salina, Love Like the Movies, February Seven, Pretty Girl from Chile, Through My Prayers, When I Drink, Distraction #74, January Wedding, November Blue, Slight Figure of Speech, The Prettiest Thing (David Childers & The Modern Don Juans cover), Live and Die, Go to Sleep, Laundry Room, Old Joe Clark

Encore: Talk on Indolence, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea (Neutral Milk Hotel cover), Down by the Riverside (with Jim Avett), Salvation Song (with Jim Avett)