A musical child of the late 70s, singer and guitarist Ray Vaughn was a founding member of punk art rockers Hostages before going on to bring avant-garde outfit Die Bosa Nova to bare on an unsuspecting audience. However by 1992 Vaughn was off the scene, another in the many who seemed destined to make a long lasting mark, retreating into obscurity. A surprise solo return, Way Down Low, appeared in 2013, a singer-songwriter approach finding Vaughn still sharp in attack and tough in outlook. Wounded Bird is the follow up, Vaughn still shining a light on the modern world and the issues hitting it, while offering up equally shuddering musical backing. Aided by a band made up of James DePrato (Chuck Prophet) on guitar and mandolin, Ed Rawlings (Hostage) on electric guitar, Kevin T White (Chuck Prophet) on bass and Prairie Prince (The Tubes, Todd Rundgren) on drums, it should come as little surprise that the spiky, urgent rock music Vaughn serves up, is tight and focused, while still holding a real vibrancy.
Vocally Vaughn may be an acquired taste, his unconventional Jello Biafra meets Tom Petty attack never the most precise missile, although in terms of attitude it hits the bull’s eye every time. And that’s key here, if you’re looking for the honest, but sometimes easy ride that many guys like Bruce Springsteen or Jackson Browne provide, you need to take Vaughn’s punk background into account when you approach Wounded Bird.A cover of New Order’s “True Faith” is barely recognisable and yet it hits hard and gets it point across, while the uneasy country vibes of “Change In Latitude” soothe and unsettle in equal measure. However it’s through the controlled anarchy of “Human Calculator” and hustle bustle of “Wounded Bird” where Vaughn and his chums really take their strongest swipes, the former sharp and jagged with a no compromise stare, the latter injecting a real sense of urgency. That said, with “Been Away Too Long” infusing an off kilter R.E.M. judder and “Rain” a controlled call for help, there really aren’t many moments in this relatively short CD that don’t, given time, pull you into Ray Vaughn’s way of thinking.He may be a Wounded Bird, but with his latest album, Ray Vaughn is still flying high. Track Listing
1. Human Calculator
2. Wounded Bird
3. True Faith
4. Change in Latitude
5. Song for You
6. Been Away Too Long
8. It Happened on Willow Street
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Some all-star prog for your delectations here with a collaboration between producer and musician Tony Lowe and drummer Mark Brzezicki (Big Country, Procol Harum, The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, Fish, um, Frida from Abba and many more). But where are the all stars I hear you cry.
Well there’s David Cross (King Crimson), Phil Spalding (Mike Oldfield), Steve Gee (Landmarq, John Wetton), ex-Van der Graaf Generator David Jackson and John Young (Asia) to keep you going. Which would all be for naught if the music was a bit rubbish. But it isn’t. It’s also quite old fashioned harking back to the days of mid-seventies Genesis and Pink Floyd which is fine by me. Being an old bastard and that.
Alt-pop/adult contemporary singer-songwriter Jennifer Saran has teamed up with South African Grammy-winning male choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Grammy and Emmy-winning producer, drummer, singer and songwriter Narada Michael Walden (Producer/Co-writer), known for his work with Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, and Mariah Carey, to create her newest single, “Wake Up.” Making a special guest appearance on the track is Grammy-winner and legend Carlos Santana (Featured Guitarist), whose guitar licks generate inspiring vibes. The stunning collaboration is a heartfelt appeal to the world to recognize and address inequality and impoverishment, a cause incredibly personal and important to all the amazing artists involved. “Wake Up” will be featured on Saran’s third album, produced and co-written by Narada Michael Walden, which will be released in early 2017.
Proceeds from sales of the song, which is available now on iTunes, will go directly to the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation. As an outspoken defender of human rights and campaigner for the oppressed, Nobel Peace Prize-winner Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is one of the world’s most revered peacemakers. The mission of his US and African based nonprofit is to support and promote the creation of a culture of peace throughout the world.
The newest album from San Francisco-based rocker Ray Vaughn may be called Wounded Bird, but he’s really more like a phoenix rising from the ashes of a forgotten San Francisco music scene. Wounded Bird picks up where his last solo album left off, and now Ray Vaughn’s songs have grown from the more stripped down singer/songwriter arrangements of Way Down Low to full-band productions. Ray’s new album will be released worldwide both physically and digitally on November 4, 2016, through his own independent record label, Rayoso Music.
IDC’s Cure for Gravity, will be playing at the Ivy Room with Berkeley duo Mullerette Friday, November 25th. The trio is celebrating their October 14th self-titled debut album, Cure for Gravity. If you’re in the East Bay, mark your calendars!
Come celebrate the release of ‘Rich In The Heart’ with FloRocker at Flight School Friday October 28th!
Flo is coming out for a meet and greet from 3-5pm.’Rich In The Heart’ will be Flo’s first self-released album under his label Flo Style Entertainment. The Richmond native has been making some noise in the hip hop community with his single, ‘Freaky in a Benz’ recently featured on Hip-HopVibe.com, along with album reviews across multiple music blogs that have all expressed a similar tone.. that ol’ skool Bay Area hip hop that we all love! #RichInTheHeart #FloStyleENT @therealflorocker @officialslap