i really dig the live/organic production sensibility of this track, and how you've carved some deliciously gritty edges without compromising the integrity of players or tracks. punks' honest urgency clearly informs the artist you are today, but the magic is in the authenticity with which you've fearlessly embraced time and experience.
Ray Vaughn’s newest album may be called Wounded Bird, but he’s really more like a phoenix rising from the ashes of a forgotten San Francisco scene. He founded Punk/Art Rock Band Hostages in 1979, and later Die Bosa Nova in 1984, leaving his mark on the then-thriving SF music scene until disappearing from the public eye in 1992. Now, over 20 years later, Ray has returned as someone tempered by time and experience--with many new stories to tell. He has found a niche for his music on both college and community radio and in press and media outlets in the USA and across Europe.
Ray is back to his old prolific tricks with the release of his second full-length solo album, Wounded Bird. Both producer Michael Rosen and Ed Rawlings returned to the project, and new additions include James DePrato (Chuck Prophet) on electric, slide and acoustic guitars, baritone guitar, dobro and mandolin, Kevin T White (Chuck Prophet) on bass, and Prairie Prince (The Tubes, Todd Rundgren) on drums. A response to and extension of Way Down Low, Ray Vaughn’s new album Wounded Bird features eight powerful tracks that leave the audience in a cathartic and contemplative state—wondering, “where has he been for all these years?”