I met Kenny backstage in ~ a festival in Canada. The airline had lost his luggage that included his pedals, and also I scraped with each other a Boss delay and Blues Driver because that him to usage that day with Marty Stuart. This the the un-edited variation of the interview that showed up in the December 2006 concern of Vintage guitar Magazine.

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Born in a suburb of Denver, Kenny Vaughan is among the height guitarists in Nashville today. Vaughan is unexplained in that seeing Jeff Beck with the Yardbirds was just as good an influence as listening the low-end twang that Luther Perkins playing through Johnny Cash. The has soaked up the playing of anyone from Jimi Hendrix to bill Frissell and also lesser-known player such as Hollywood Fats. Artists as diverse as Lucinda Williams to Patty Loveless and current honcho Marty Stuart, call upon him to provide the goods. Vaughan play on all 3 the Stuart’s recent albums: Live at The Ryman, Soul’s Chapel and Badlands: Ballads the The Lakota. (All 3 were reviewed in the VG June 2006 issue.) Vaughan is the etc player to call when tone, technique, and also vibe are needed. Kenny is all groove, delivered with panache.


VG: how did you begin playing the guitar?

KV: I observed the Beatles pat on the Ed Sullivan display on mine 10th birthday. I assumed it looked choose fun. Mine Dad had a hefty Jazz record collection, and when ns told that I want to it is in a etc player he took me down to check out Johnny blacksmith play guitar at a nightclub in Denver. I would sit down in prior of him and also my Dad would certainly say; “Now that’s exactly how you play a guitar.”


VG: What to be your very first guitar?

KV: It was a brand new ’66 Telecaster i bought from Johnny Smith. Ns was 12. I then began taking lessons indigenous a pair of regional guys.


VG: What were several of the bands you to be listening to?

KV: fortunately for me, ’66 was about the greatest year for rock-n-roll. Mine heroes to be The Animals, The Kinks, and The Yardbirds. Once I heard "Having A Rave Up through The Yardbirds," with Jeff Beck on side one, I simply flipped out. I just saw that guy with the red strap holding the Esquire, and also just knew he was the guy. Then I saw them top top Shindig. Jeff Beck was doing all of this stunner stuff. He to be banging his guitar against the north riser, and ramming it into the amplifier. He to be making every sorts of cool sounds. My Mom and also Dad listened to Les Paul and also Mary Ford and also I well-known “Jeff’s Boogie,” as being choose Les Paul.


VG: as soon as did you first get exposed to nation Music?

KV: I had a neighbor throughout the street that had some Buck Owens, Johnny Cash, and also Merle Haggard records. First thing i learned come play on my Tele was “Folsom jail Blues.” my neighbor would certainly come over everyday after school and make me beat the guitar lick to it over and over again.


VG: What came next?

KV: I witnessed Jimi Hendrix play in ’68. So of courseI had actually to acquire a fuzz tone. The really go out my mind. I finished up see him play 3 times throughout his career. I likewise saw Cream, and also most that the mountain Francisco bands play. I witnessed Howlin’ Wolf when I was 14. The was a large eyeopener. I also got right into Mike Bloomfield in the Butterfield Band. I additionally saw Led Zeppelin beat the very first night they played in the states. They weren’t also on the bill. I got to view a most cool bands pat in Denver.


VG: What about the 70’s.

KV: many of the regional guys got into fusion, yet I simply couldn’t get into it. I was listening to Iggy Pop, and also stuff prefer that. Then i met invoice Frissell working at the local music store providing lessons. Ns took some lessons native him and also he assisted me figure out the fingerboard. I chosen him due to the fact that he was a Jazzer, yet he didn’t really favor fusion, yet he didn’t desire to end up playing criter all night.


VG: were you playing gigs in ~ this time?

KV: I started playing nation music. Most of my friends were wearing uniforms playing at the holiday Inn in Nebraska because that 4 main straight. That sounded like a ticket come hell come me. Therefore I began playing honky tonk music with a bunch of enlarge players that I thought were cool. They played Telecasters with Twin Reverbs, through the reverb rotate up too high, and also they were all an excellent musicians. Ns was kind of the weirdo punk absent kid, but they chosen me reason I was into playing guitar, and also the music we played. For this reason I survived the 70’s doing that. I likewise had a punk rock band i played in at the very same time.


VG: did you continue that right into the next decade?

KV: nice much. I acquired a call about 1985 to fill in for a etc player in Nashville, and ended up relocating there and never moved back to Denver.


VG: that was your an initial professional gig through in Nashville?

KV: Sweethearts of the Rodeo, then ns played with Patty Loveless, Rodney Crowell, and Kim Richey. Ns quit walk on the roadway for a while to carry out sessions, then Lucinda Williams referred to as me to walk on tour v her. I played v her for about 3 years climate went earlier to session work.


VG: What gear did you move to town with?

KV: I had a ’63 Esquire, ’66 Strat, mid 60’s top an increase AC 30, and a Tweed Pro. When I started playing v Patty Loveless, ns bought a black confront Fender Twin. Around that time ns started gaining some guitars indigenous G&L and Music Man. I still use my G&L Asat, and also Music guy Albert Lee guitars.


VG: call us about your Floyd guitars.

KV: i was playing downtown Nashville through Don Kelly, and he handed me this guitar and said, “get rid the that piece of junk and play a genuine guitar.” Don offered it to me, and also I have been playing them ever since. I have a pair of them, a green thin line through a Bigsby, and a baritone. Ns just acquired one v custom Lindy Fralin pickups in a sort of cream color.


VG: just how did you start playing with Marty Stuart?

KV: He referred to as me up. He wanted to put a band together and asked me if i was interested.


VG: what’s it prefer playing through such a solid guitar and also mandolin player such together Stuart?

KV: that fun! We have a solid 4-piece band, and also we litter it down. We have over 100 songs the we have the right to do in ~ the drop of a hat. We can play anything indigenous a performing art hall, to a honky tonk, to a church on Sunday morning and also we just press go.


VG: What’s her on stage rig with Marty?

KV: I use a ’64 Vibroverb, and a ’65 Showman v a 15’ speaker. Sometimes I use an amp the Ky Kennedy built that is based on a so late 50’s twin.


VG: Is the the red amp you have with “Big Jo” on the grill?

KV: yes it is. I usage it a lot of on the Opry and for regional club gigs. I additionally use a 4-12 50-watt Naylor amp. I have actually been trying the end a brand-new Peavey amp called a Penta.


VG: What is your studio rig?

KV: A ’66 Deluxe, Princeton, ’71 Marshall PA 20, and a Dr. Z Carmen Ghia head. I plug them right into a Vox AC 30 cab v Celestion Vintage 30’s. I met Dr.Z years earlier at a theatre in Cleveland. He brought out a couple of his amps for me come try. He is among the nicest guys.


VG: What various other guitars perform you use in the studio?

KV: I usage a custom shop Les Paul through Lindy Fralin pickups, a Harmony through flat-wounds, a Hagstrom with a whammy bar, a ’59 Meteor, and also a Teisco Spectrum 4. I really choose using the old Harmony guitars v flat-wounds along with the more modern-day style guitars with round wound strings. Ns think they blend well. I likewise have an old Gretsch, and a Guild X175. Also the Albert Lee guitar, which is like a good hard-tail Strat.


VG: What about pedals?

KV: I like the old Dallas Rangemaster through my Marshall. It’s the only method to punch up the front end of one old Marshall. Every little thing else appears to mess with that good Marshall attack. I also like the MXR Micro Amp to usage with single coils in former of a Fender amp. I could play just around any gig with a boss Blues Driver and also a Boss hold-up though. I have an old Fuzz Face, yet it's favor trying to tune in a radio terminal from 500 mile away. I choose to usage the Captain Cocoanut because that the fuzz and Hendrix thing.


VG: that are few of your favorite players?

KV: i was listening to Roy Latham ~ above the way over here. If I could play favor anyone it would certainly be Hollywood Fats. His variation of Okie Dokie Stomp can not be beat. I likewise love men like Jimmy Bryant and Roy Nichols. Roy to be the man as much as country players in the 70’s. That played good licks but likewise had jazz chops.

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VG: What around some up and also coming players?

KV: James Mitchell. James dram downtown Nashville and also will scare the crap the end of you. He’ll play a solo, and also you think that is going to perform a Brent Mason thing, and also he twisted it right into some Lenny Breau stuff. Guthrie Trapp is one more favorite. He’s a Holly lumber Fats man also. He’s a an excellent player.