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“…the kind of songs that feel like they will be around a long time, moving listeners to use them as something to hold on to and hopefully make sense of what can sometimes be the senseless…”
“…They come from a hard-earned understanding of what adults are capable of, but also offer a guiding hand to healing…”
“…it moves into a place where folk music lives best: inside the human heart…”
-Morton Report/Bentley’s Bandstand
"…minimalist folk-rock numbers led by the ease and grace of Vaughan’s voice and guitar picking…” “ -Innocent Words
“…brilliant new album…”
“…a delicate, deep reaching moment of storytelling, it captures the essence of a great songwriter at his finest…”
-Russell Trunk/Exclusive Magazine
Singer-songwriter Stoll Vaughan released his newest record The Conversation through Commonwealth Artist. Vaughan’s album includes “Further Down The Line,” featured in the film The Open Road, and “Meet You In The Middle,” heard on the finale of hit TV series The Office. The Conversation was recorded entirely in Nashville – that is to say, seven of the album’s 13 tracks were produced in Nashville, Indiana by John Mellencamp’s co-producer and guitarist Mike Wanchic; production duties for the remainder were taken care of by My Morning Jacket guitarist Carl Broemel in Nashville, Tennessee. The full album was released digitally, concurrent with the release of a Limited Edition eight song 12” splatter vinyl.
Stoll is originally from Lexington, KY. His first two albums Hold On Thru Sleep & Dreams (2004) and Love Like A Mule (2006), both produced by Wanchic, cracked the Top 10 on the Americana chart. He toured with the likes of John Fogerty, John Mellencamp, Marty Stuart, Don Williams, James McMurtry and as an opening act for a Journey and Def Leppard co-bill. Jonathan Cain of Journey was particularly supportive, co-writing songs and performing with Vaughan on stage.
He moved to Los Angeles in thereafter, where he still resides, and delved into the world of TV/film music production, composing music for True Blood, Friday Night Lights, Shameless and David Lynch’s Webby Award-winning Internet documentary series Interview Project. Vaughan helped develop, co-produce, and co-write for recently released Sketches of American Music, the debut EP by Duane Betts, son of Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts. He has also been co-writing with Duane and Devon Allman (Greg Allman’s son) for their upcoming project together.
After much soul searching, Stoll Vaughan has returned to his own music with The Conversation. “When it was time for me to get back to the process of writing songs for myself, I thought maybe I should reconsider everything. I’d been in music. I could write songs for other people, but I had lost a sense of what I would like to say. Being out there hustling and having to raise money, develop artist and deliver content, left me feeling distant, and that distance made me look inward.”
Vaughan on two of the album’s standout tracks.
“`Forgiveness’ really was a strong song for me in getting back into the groove,” stated Vaughan about one of many stand out tracks on The Conversation. “ It became a cornerstone. I first had to start by forgiving myself for avoiding what I love. Then songs started coming to me as I trusted the process again.”
“I was getting away into the Sierras for a bit to clear my head. I was camping and fishing around the East Walker River and then this song came out,” he says of “Roll On.” “I sat with it for a while, and when I was finished up The Conversation pre-production, I dusted it off. I added a few things and took out a few. It just seemed to fit perfectly with the place I had arrived. “Dreams behind me, dreams ahead, to be broke down in the middle, I would rather be dead.”
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