Paulo Franco: Andy Vaughan: & with Slim Stanton as Burrito Riders LeagueJul 10, 2015 | 0 comments
Fine originals and covers of 70″s REAL Country – with great voices and players!
Paulo Franco is a Richmond, Virginia based singer/songwriter. He has opened for the likes of nationally touring singer/songwriters such as Chris Knight and Bloodshot Records artists Cory Branan and Austin Lucas. His music has been featured on radio stations XL102’s Studio B, WRIR and WDCE in Richmond, WNRN in Charlottesville, VA and WHRV in Hampton Roads, VA. He was also been featured on WTVR Channel 6’s Virginia This Morning. In 2012, he was named a finalist in the Southeast region of the Mountain Stage NewSong songwriting contest. He was the only Virginia songwriter so selected in 2012. In 2014, he was selected to showcase at Cape May Singer/Songwriter Festival.
He plays a blend of rock, old school country, alt-country and blues. The music draws heavily from influences like Steve Earle, Hank Williams, John Hiatt, Slaid Cleaves, Chris Knight, the Gram Parsons inspired music of the Rolling Stones, the Drive By Truckers and The Grateful Dead. The music tells tales of love and loss, introspection and redemption, current events, good times partying, and the journey that is life itself. At the heart of his music is storytelling, and his family is a great source of inspiration – from the love story of Paulo’s parents in “Married in a Black Dress”o the roller coaster emotions of leaving his daughter behind for her first year of college in “Rolling Back to Raleigh.”
Andy Vaughan was born and raised in Richmond, VA. He grew up surrounded by classic country and bluegrass music, traveling to gigs and festivals with his father’s band, The Bluegrass Clippers, and drifting off to sleep surrounded by the sweet mountain sounds of vocal harmonies, guitars, fiddles, banjos and mandolins. He first discovered a knack for songwriting as the lead singer for the Eskalators in the mid 90’s. After several years with music on the back burner, a trip to Memphis in 2005 reignited the flame. He spent the next several years as the front man for Hamburger James, releasing two CDs of “rock & roll with country soul”, the second of which was recorded at the legendary Sun Studio in Memphis. But the deep-seated love of the music of his youth could not be denied, prompting the formation of Andy Vaughan & The Driveline in October of 2010.
A central Virginia native, Slim Stanton played guitar, keys and bass in various bands in Richmond and the Tri-Cities while in high school and college. He put music aside for a business career, but resumed performing about ten years ago. He played with Rural Route, Gumbo Fire, Big Bam Boom and the L’il Big Band, and still occasionally plays bass with The Cy Taggart Band. Slim flirted with the pedal steel guitar while in college but was unable to make progress and abandoned it – the regret of his life. Seven years ago (as an act of atonement) he bought a steel and began studying with the legendary Buddy Charleton. In addition to Andy Vaughan & The Driveline he previously played steel in The Chiggers, and still occasionally sits in with several other groups.