Maurice John Vaughn
(Calgary Bluesfest (2006), Guitarmania Vlll (2007)
A triple threat on guitar, saxophone and vocals, Chicago-based Maurice John Vaughn was raised on Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, and James Brown. He incorporated his various influences into a blues and R&B style that is completely his own. Maurice writes sharp, original songs, and performs them with soulful vocals, cutting-edge lead guitar, and swinging saxophone.
As a youth Vaughn played in various Top 40 cover bands, making his first recording as a saxophone player with an R&B group called the Chosen Few (Chi-Sound Records,1976). In 1979, Phil Guy (brother of legendary guitarist Buddy Guy) invited Vaughn and his band to join him for a Canadian tour, playing with Chicago blues greats Luther Allison, Son Seals (with whom he toured Europe) and A.C. Reed (whose Alligator recording, I'm In The Wrong Business!, features Vaughn on guitar).
In 1986, Maurice played, produced, recorded and financed his solo release Generic Blues Album,and formed his own Reecy label, capturing the attention of Aliigator Records president Bruce Iglauer, who invited Vaughn into the studio to cut a track for The New Bluebloods compilation album. Alligator then worked out a distribution deal for Generic Blues Album with Maurice, reissuing the album with an additional track. Guitar World declared, "Blues album of the year!"
As well as writing up-to-the-minute urban blues songs, Vaughn loves to perform, and his abundant talent and experience place him at the forefront of the contemporary blues world. His innovative songs, passionate singing, blistering guitar playing and romping saxophone mark his music as visionary work from a true blues original.