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Kentucky Native’s Album, Co-Produced by Mike Wanchic (John Mellencamp) and Carl Broemel (My Morning Jacket) Recorded in Nashville (IN) and Nashville (TN)
Singer-songwriter Stoll Vaughan has just released The Conversation through Commonwealth Artist. Vaughan’s first album in over a decade 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 will be released digitally, concurrent with the release of an eight song 12” vinyl version on Commonwealth Artist in partnership with All Welcome Records.
Born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, Stoll Vaughan’s life story up to this point can be thought of in three distinct phases – playing in a band, going out as a solo artist, and making music for visual media. The first takes place in the late ‘90s at Echo Park Studios in Indiana where he served as a recording assistant to Wanchic. It was there that he befriended and joined heartland rock band Chamberlain as a guitarist, not long after they shed their hardcore punk identity as Split Lip. Ironically, being exposed to Bob Dylan in the tour van by these erstwhile punk rockers inspired Vaughan to break off and write his own songs as a solo act.
By the mid ‘00s, Stoll Vaughan was a full-fledged recording artist. His 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 most curiously, 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 and David Lynch’s Webby Award-winning 2009 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.
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.”
Stoll recently discussed 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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