Title - 'Desires Shape' [Vinyl]
Artist - Stoll Vaughan
For those not in the know, much-lauded singer-songwriter Stoll Vaughan's latest album Desires Shape is now available on vinyl, CD and digital formats (via Commonwealth Artist), and includes the lead single 'Weather In Kentucky,' an ode to the artist’s home state.
Stoll Vaughan’s background is a storied one with lots of strange turns. In the late ‘90s he was recruited to play guitar by punk-turned-rock band Chamberlain while working at John Mellencamp guitarist Mike Wanchic’s recording studio.
By the mid ‘00s, Vaughan had released two solo albums, Hold On Thru Sleep and Dreams and Love Like A Mule, touring with the likes of Mellencamp, John Fogerty, Marty Stuart, Don Williams, James McMurtry, and most improbably as a concert opener act on a Journey/Def Leppard national tour.
Vaughan then detoured into TV/film, with his songs featured in True Blood, Friday Night Lights, Shameless and The Office. He also composed music for David Lynch’s Webby Award-winning documentary series Interview Project.
In 2018, his solo career resumed with the release The Conversation, his third album.
In sharp contrast to that last album, which was recorded in both Indiana by Wanchic and in Tennessee by My Morning Jacket guitarist Carl Broemel, Desires Shape was tracked entirely in the singer/guitarist’s current home of Los Angeles, with a minimalist approach.
The end result is as pure and stripped down as possible, consisting entirely of originals sung and played on a 1946 Martin 000-18 acoustic guitar by Vaughan, who co-produced the album with Effie Dozier.
1) 'Put It Back Together'
2) 'Desires of Despair'
3) 'Weather In Kentucky'
1) 'So Righteous'
3) 'Will of Man'
4) 'Set Her Free'
The album opens with the rhythmic Americana of both 'Put It Back Together' and 'Desires of Despair,' and he backs that up seamlessly with the harmonica-driven beauty 'Weather In Kentucky.'
The lo-fi resonance of 'Oklahoma' is a devout bout of storytelling with Side A of this wondrous vinyl coming to a close on the upbeat, foot-tappin' inflections of 'Entertained.'
Side B opens with the slapped acoustic guitar backbeat of 'So Righteous,' which is followed by the free flowing, wind swept majesty of 'Rosie,' and then a beautiful showcasing of Vaughan's guitar prowess comes to the fore on 'Will of Man.'
The second side then comes to a close with the piano and harmonica, cathartic rhapsody of 'Set Her Free,' and then a dulcet, hand-clappin' back bone provides the core for the melodic 'Maria.'
“A whirlwind of activity ensued after the release of The Conversation album 18 months ago,” says Vaughan. “There were tour dates throughout the country, radio visits, festival performances and lengthy songwriting sessions with collaborators Devon Allman and Duane Betts for their Allman Betts Band."
"I was inspired by the way things were moving and blessed to find the time to write and record these songs for Desires Shape. I wanted to approach this record with a simplicity that would force its intimacy."
"The title is something of a reflection of that desire to exist and be proud of your raw form.”
Duane Betts offered high praise for his songwriting collaborator, “Stoll Vaughan is the real deal, authentic, American songwriter. It is always an honor to work with him and to call him my dear friend.”
Duane’s bandmate, Devon Allman was equally effusive, offering, “Stoll Vaughan is the consummate Americana songwriter. He’s singlehandedly brought our songwriting partnership to the next level. He resumé speaks for itself. He is an unspoken legend. Truly.”
On the eve on the release of Desires Shape, Vaughan reflected, “To be able to write, record and perform is a true blessing and continues to shape my life and for that I am grateful. I hope people enjoy this record and it connects to them as it does to me.”
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'Desires Shape' [CD] - Official Purchase Link
'Put It Back Together' Music Video
'Weather In Kentucky' Music Video
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