- Last Updated on 08:13 AM 05/28/14
- BY Special to The Gazette
Atlanta-based musician Hugh Vaughan has an enduring passion for music and a career that spans three decades. He will be playing at Cooper’s Landing Inn & Traveler’s Tavern in Clarksville on Saturday from 7-11 p.m.
Vaughan is a part of Coopers Live Music series that spans the entire summer season into early fall.
Nichol Cooper said, “We typically do our live music on Friday nights, but when Hugh called and said he would be in town on a Saturday, I said ‘book it.’ We are only fortunate to have Hugh play for us every couple of years, and it is a show not to be missed.”
Vaughan plays an amazing soulful blues guitar, classic acoustic guitar, and he’s an extraordinary vocalist. Growing up with R&B, he feels they are his musical roots.
Vaughan has a career that some musicians would envy - not filled with world-renowned fame and fortune, but filled with opportunities to make many friends (some quite famous) and learn from them, on stage and off.
And he has enjoyed these opportunities. Vaughan has been on stage with several members of the Allman Brothers Band, Johnny Winter, Randall Bramlett, Paul Barrere, Archie Bell, Jaimoe Johnson, Chuck Leavell, Bill Kahler, Kodak Harrison, Tinsley Ellis, Gregg Allman, Matt Greeley, T. Levitz, Barry Richman, Kenny Cook, Cooper Tisdale, Billy Hatley, Chuck Leavell, Rick Danko and many, many more he can’t even remember.
Vaughan has opened for Bonnie Raitt, B. B. King, Roger McGuinn, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Johnny Winter, Flora Purim, Jerry Lee Lewis and the Indigo Girls and more.
Says Vaughan, “I love to play live. I draw energy from the audience and get honest feedback on what I’m doing. I have over 150 songs I perform regularly, and mostly I play rock, blues and rhythm and blues, with a screaming guitar. As a teenager, I bought B.B. King’s album ‘Completely Well,’ and the song ‘The Thrill Is Gone’ changed the character of music that I listened to. I learned to play it and have played blues since.”
Vaughan has been an integral member of such bands as Tall Dogs, Robyn and the Hoods, Butch’s Brew, Bill Hatley and Black Hawk, Blues Machine, 98.6, City News, Rock Paper Blues and The Kenny Cook Band.
He has played as a solo artist since his children were young so he could choose his schedule and be accessible to them. He enjoyed the freedom of playing as a single act and is currently playing solo.
Vaughan began his career in South Boston, at age 14, hiding behind speakers on stage (as instructed by the club owner) when strangers came in, so the club would not be cited for hiring a minor.
In the mid-1970s he moved to Macon, Georgia (by invitation) to live on the Allman Brothers Farm and join an original band called Tall Dogs (contemporary with the Allman Brothers and Dixie Dregs).
He has played in Georgia since that time and now primarily in Metro Atlanta.
Vaughan plays acoustic and electric guitar and is an accomplished singer. He has been called a “dude Ella Fitzgerald.”
He plays electric and acoustic guitar, with bass and drums fed into a sequencer. His sound, with his dynamic vocals and signature guitar, is as big as a full band. Audience members who are out-of-sight of the stage are surprised when they see one man performing.
Vaughan’s twist on rhythm and blues and blues standards, with his screaming guitar, is displayed in his solo act across metro Atlanta and in venues and festivals up and down the East Coast.
A loyal fan said of him, “Hugh Vaughan rocks the house and holds the crowd until the last note is played.”
To book a table and enjoy dinner and drinks while Vaughan plays this weekend at Cooper’s Landing in Clarksville, call 434-374-2866.