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Moonsville Collective and Nicole Vaughn
Old-time music


Moonsville Collective is an Old-Time

band whose sound is rooted in the various American Moonsville Collective is an Old-Time

band whose sound is rooted in the various American styles

found, and often left behind, in Pre-War (WWII) America. The various

songwriters in the group work independently and collectively to create a

unique batch of String Band, Folk, Country, Dixie and New Orleans Rag

music that is sure to warm the soul and induce a jig good as any Cat

Daddy batch on the market could. Each member of Moonsville has firm

roots in this musical tradition and aim not to reproduce nostalgia of a

time forgotten, but rather ressurect the ghost of America’s rich musical

cultural history, which most importantly is rooted in community.

Moonsville Collective plays community music. The table is large, the

harvest is plenty and the drink is ripe. Break bread with us. Everyone

is invited.

Seth Richardson - Upright Bass

Drew Martin – Percussion, stomps, hoots

Bill Bell – Fiddle

“Dobro Dan” Richardson – Dobro, guitar, banjo, mandolin, vocals

Corey Adams – Banjo, guitar, mandolin, vocals

Ryan Welch – Guitar, banjo, mandolin, harp, vocals

Writing her own songs for the

better part of a decade, Nicole plays music that calls wallflowers out

to the center of the dance floor, across the street to the bar for the

after party, and on out of bed the next morning just in time for Sunday

mass¬– in other words; her music moves people.

Growing up

along the Southern California seaboard, Nicole started writing songs as a

means to scraping the dirt from beneath the nails of even the most sterility suburban living environments. When not holding the worn cover

of a good book or paddling through the waves of high surf, Nicole’s

hands were busy fumbling between pens, notebooks, guitars and back

again, pulling songs from the corners and closets of her life playing

out around her.

After releasing a handful of demos,

EP’s, and her first full length “Walk into the Night”, Nicole Vaughn is

poised to break barriers and hearts with the release of her new album

“Say It”. With two-thirds of the album being produced by Kelly Winrich

(keyboardist/guitarist of Delta Spirit) and the remaining third being

recorded in Ojai Valley with producer Todd Hannigan, Nicole Vaughn has

never sounded bigger, stronger, or more beautiful… and by all accounts

the sky is the limit here. As “Say It” begins with the opening track,

‘Mere Memory’, melodies literally lifting themselves up and funneling

their way into your eardrums, one cannot help but feel a sunrise dawning

in the warmth of their chest.

A feeling that is carried by

the listener throughout the rest of the album as their heart rides up to

the sunshine with songs like ‘Stuck On You’, down to the floods with

the vocal harmonies of Say It’s title track, and even into the emotional

wastelands outside herself with the song ‘Soldier’. “Say It” is twelve

songs woven together in such a way that the only sound more beautiful

might be that of a beating heart; it is an album that emotionally

charged, an album that’s human.

In an age where everyone

with a guitar and a story to tell is considered “the next rising star”

Nicole Vaughn is in a completely different category all her own. She is a

shooting star. The music you have wished for now coming true. She

writes songs for the soul, songs from the heart– the heartbroken, the

heartbreaker, the heart without hope, and the heart bursting with new

joy. Gracefully bowing out of school to write an incredible record and

pursue music full time, now fresh off a national tour in support of the

Kind Campaign and their breakthrough documentary Finding Kind (which

features a great deal of Nicole’s music), Nicole is now ready to let her

music crash like the waves she grew up surfing and those of us left in

the wake are all the better for it.

-Nick Macedo

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