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"The playing is tight,the sound is sharp....a blues persona all their own. Electrifying harmonica work."
-Mike DeGagne - All Music Guide
"Like any proper blues act, the name Vaughn is up in lights...Straight up blues rock for those that can't get enough. These folks are quickly becoming THE Pacific Northwest blues band to watch !
- "Top Pick" Eight Days a Week Guide, The Corvallis Advocate. Corvallis, OR.
Texas bluesman Ted Vaughn fronts this group of blues pros with decades of recording and performing under their belts.
Their raucous, high energy live performances are gaining legions of fans worldwide. Individually, the members have shared venues with top artists such as John Fogerty (The Golliwogs, Creedence Clearwater Revival ), Timothy B. Schmidt (The New Breed,The Eagles), Ted Nugent, Kenny Loggins, blues icon Doug MacLeod, and Grammy nominee John Nemeth. The Band has electrified blues lovers at some of the largest festivals in the country as well as smaller, more intimate venues.
Due to the popularity of their original music, the band was listed as one of the "Top Ten" bands for worldwide airplay on Jango internet radio.
Their long awaited CD, "The Ted Vaughn Blues Band" was released on Harbinger Northwest Records and recorded by the Platinum Album Award winning production team of Leon-Forrest and Paul Carlsen (Nirvana , Greg Allman, The Doors). It has garnered critical acclaim worldwide and received a nomination for "CD of the Year" by Indie Music Digest
Ted Vaughn - Vocals and Blues Harp : Ted was born and raised in Texas and was heavily influenced by the blues sounds of "Lightnin' Hopkins", "Howlin' Wolf", his namesake, Stevie Ray Vaughan as well as country artists such as Waylon Jennings. Ted formed a friendship with the late Texas bluesman Willie Willis (The Wildcatters) and studied technique on the harmonica from such notable players as Charlie Musselwhite, Sam Meyers (Anson Funderburg and the Rockets) and James Harman. Ted is a signed endorser for Shaker Harmonica Microphones and Bushman Harmonicas.
Clay "Bone" King - Guitars and Vocals: Clay was raised in Southern California where he found a love for the guitar and studied jazz with Warne Marsh, sax player for Charlie Parker. He also studied under jass virtuoso Joe Pass and Jimmy Wyble (Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys). He has shared stages with many of the worlds finest musicians including Doug MacLeod and Corey Stevens. His musical influences include Albert King, Lightnin' Hopkins and Stevie Ray Vaughan. He continues to be one of the most in demand guitarists on the West coast and his performances with "The Ted Vaughn Blues Band" leave audiences spellbound.
Leon Forrest - Keyboards and Vocals: Leon formed his first band, "The Apollos" in the early 1960's. The band backed up national acts and rubbed shoulders with performers such as "The Yardbirds" and Janis Joplin. They often shared venues with "The Golliwogs" who later became "Creedence Clearwater Revival". Later, Leon formed the band "Firewind" which caught the attention of Gabriel Mekler, producer of "Three Dog Night" and "Steppenwolf". Today, Leon makes music from Seattle to Nashville and also wears the hat of producer, engineer, studio musician and top dog at Harbinger Northwest Records.
Ted Larson- Bass Guitar and Vocals: One of the most visable and experienced bass players on the West coast, Ted's major claim to fame comes from being an opening act for a band called "The New Breed". " The New Breed" featured a young Timothy B. Schmidt , a founding member of "The Eagles". Ted is a dynamic singer and performer in his own right and has performed and recorded with some of the West coasts top bands.
John King - Drums: John attended the Musicians Institute of Technology and performed with several top bands including "The L.A. Big Band". He has honed his craft sitting in with musical acts as diverse as bluesman Robben Ford to 80's rock icons "Toto", known for their smash hit "Africa". John's incredible talent and showmanship have been known to whip people into such a frenzy they lose all their inhibitions ! Look out !!