Bethlehem, PA (March 1, 2007)–Almost a year ago, at the 2006 SXSW Festival in Austin, StarCity Production partners Jeff Glixman and Jim Gentile discovered guitar player Tyrone Vaughan and his four-piece band. Shortly after returning home from the festival, Glixman and Gentile reached agreement with Vaughan on a production deal. The band and Star City have been producing a 12-song album at StarCity Recording Company’s studio in Bethlehem, PA.
Vaughn at StarCity”While walking the streets of Austin, I commented to Jim about the lack of ripping guitarists,” stated Glixman. “I wasn’t hearing anything that moved me. We then entered a club, and we saw one guy tearing it up on a Les Paul and another on a Strat. I was immediately taken with the vibe of the performance and the artists. Hearing only the last song of the set, I was duly impressed to the point of speaking with Tyrone to make arrangements for Jim and me to hear the band again the next day. The next step was to bring Tyrone to our studio, and see how he and I interacted in the recording environment. I find this the only real way to see if we mesh, and is much better than just talking about it.”
The son of the Fabulous Thunderbirds’ Jimmy Vaughan and nephew of guitar legend Stevie Ray Vaughan, Tyrone previously played in the band, Breedlove, before forming his own band. Tyrone Vaughan consists of Vaughan and Bruce Castleberry on guitar, John Olrech on bass and Rob Schilz on drums. The music, deeply rooted in blues, is probably best described as modern soul/rock.
“I have gotten real close to the end of some projects but never released anything; thank goodness, because it just wasn’t quite right,” said Tyrone Vaughan. “I still needed to grow as an artist and I needed to meet someone as talented as Jeff Glixman. He is such a positive guy; he is going to get the best out of you and that’s what I love. It’s his perspective–the way he looks at things, the way he talks to people–he is brilliant in that respect. I knew it was time for me to release something. I have big shoes to fill, but I’m born to do it and I’m having a blast doing it with Jeff and his crew at StarCity.”
The 12-track CD is being recorded and mixed in analog with Glixman and StarCity’s Zak Rizvi working as co-engineers on the project. At StarCity, Tyrone’s guitar rig will include: a custom-built Matchless Avenger, a 1975 50 Watt Marshall Mark II, a 1964 heavily modified Fender Bassman, a 1968 50 Watt Sound City, a heavily modified 1978 800 Series Marshall Head, an Orange AD 30, and a 1964 Ampeg Gemini I. The recordings will be captured on the studio’s Studer A827 Gold 2″ analog 24 track recorder. For the mix, Glixman is using StarCity’s ATR-102.
“There was no hesitation about how we want to record this CD,” Glixman continued. “The obvious and only choice is analog. This recording is about killer guitar and natural vocals, with no heavily processed sounds. The type of production we are after demands capturing the sounds of the instruments, not creating them through processing. Both the performances and the sounds will stand on their own”.
“On a musical level, Jeff and I are kindred spirits; I met my match,” continued Vaughan. “We are both into old, traditional, warm, rich guitar tones. When he told me he wanted to cut to analog, it was music to my ears and it lit up my whole band. The process of analog is more work opposed to digital; you really have to play it right. There really aren’t a lot of over-dubs and there really isn’t a bunch of double tracking. In the end, we prefer the sound produced by recording to analog.” Glixman added, “Recording in this fashion requires a commitment from the artist. There will be no cut and paste; everything will be performed in real time. What you hear is what this group is capable of doing on any given night in live performance.”