Tyrone Vaughan
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Rock, Blues, Country
Austin, TX

Tyrone Vaughan

Singer, songwriter and guitar player Tyrone Vaughan has music in his blood, and it shows in the natural and authoritative performances he gives on his debut single, “Downtime,” and on the album by the same name coming in early 2012. His last name brings with it a blues guitar family style and talent of his famed father, Jimmie Vaughan, and legendary uncle, Stevie Ray, who gave Tyrone his first guitar as a kid. But just as influential if not more so on his music is the country legacy of his mother’s family and the tutelage as a fan he got from his rodeo bull rider stepfather.

Country music was a holiday tradition on his mother’s side of the family, and it led to his first times singing and playing guitar for an audience. “Every Fourth of July we would go to my granddaddy’s fish fry at Lake Towakani east of Dallas,” recalls Vaughan. “And they’d have a stage set up and his country band played all weekend long. I’ve got pictures of me up there as a kid with my acoustic guitar singing with them. They were probably more of an influence on me than anyone when I was young. Seeing your granddaddy do it just makes you want to do it. All weekend long it was fireworks, catfish, and country music.” The occasion resembles the weekend pleasures that Vaughan sings about on his song “Downtime.”

Growing up in Texas, “you couldn’t help but be a fan of George Strait and George Jones.” he notes.  His adoptive father who raised Vaughan, Gray Fullerton, was also an avid music fan with a huge album collection, and he constantly exposed Tyrone to the great artists of many genres, especially country. “He was a cosmic cowboy, a longhaired hippie bull rider. I’d go see him ride bulls at the rodeo in Austin, and then saw George Strait play afterwards a number of times.

As he matured, Vaughan was also inspired by the music that his biological father and uncle played. “I would have probably been into country even harder if it weren’t for Jimmie and Stevie. They were like, hey, it’s hip to be into the blues, so like everyone else who was exposed to and impressed by their music, I dove into all the old classic blues artists.”

The result is the added roots influence of blues guitar that brings an extra sizzle to Vaughan’s country music alongside the fiddle, mandolin, banjo and steel guitar throughout the music on his album. And to wow radio programmers and listeners as he has toured stations with his fiddler Jerry Reynolds and banjo player/second guitarist Will Knaak this summer to introduce his music and promote “Downtime.” For a taste of the dynamic mini-concerts he’s been giving that’s been winning new friends and supporters, go to http://kmle108.radio.com/2011/08/04/video-tyrone-vaughan-studio-kmle/ for a video of the full set and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6M5n5XBzgE for a second version of Vaughan’s new non-album song “Put That Thing On It.” Written from a bit of musical advice his father Jimmie gave him, it shows how Tyrone puts the stamp of his talent on his country sound.

On October 1, Vaughan launches a road stint with his full seven-piece band in Phoenix, AZ opening for The Frontmen at the US Airways Center sponsored by Outback Steakhouse. Plugged in on a big stage, he and the group really put their thing on it to cook up a red-hot rocking country show.




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