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Vaughn & Co “Still Worth It”

Ronnie Vaughn is a freakin’ music making maniac these days. He just released the Gangbox cd with Jason Ritchie a few months ago, now he’s released his own work “Still Worth It”. The first song “Crazier” (The Charlie Sheen Song) is much in the style of one of Gangbox’s humorous diddys. The quick rap-esque tune will bring a smile to any listener’s face as it dances like a butterfly across lyrics like “One day my face might melt can’t you see... cause I’m high on a drug they call Charlie Sheen...” It’s entertaining, intelligent fun (much more intelligent than any of the meaningless crack head gibberish Sheen spews).
“Still Worth It” contains 10 more tracks varying in style from smooth & easy (Bliss) to R&B groove (Gonna Love Me), to Cajun-esque (No Tune), to funk rock (Candy Apple Purple), to the Kravitz-like “Free Fall”. The tunes “Go Away” and “Figure It Out” even ride on a Blues Traveler/Dave Matthew’s wave. The title track “Still Worth It” runs through gamuts of modern pop and hardcore harmonies in a Righteous Brothers style, it weaves with sharp edges a tapestry of the age old question of “Should I stay with you?” or perhaps better said, “Why should I stay with you?” Why indeed.
As with all of the Vaughn & Co’s and Ronnie Vaughn’s solo work, it’s a fine listen. Get it for the car, the house or for a gift. Personally I think local bars & restaurants should buy local work like this for the house cd player. Wouldn’t it be great to hear nothing but local band music all through the week during happy hour? We have a lot of fine music being produced and released here in Cincy/Nky. If we could get the local pubs & clubs to play them consistently perhaps more people would perk up on a tune that strikes their fancy and say “Hey, who’s this?” It would inevitably result in more sales and much needed revenues for the local artists trying to get heard and trying to get by.
This latest work is well produced by Bill Gwynne and excellently recorded/mixed at Group Effort Sound Studios in Covington. All the musicians on the release (Brandon Glanton-percussion/drums, Bill Kneuven-lead guitar/vocals, Robert Campbell-bass, Lee Mahaney-keys/drums/vocals, Al Lefler-keys/vocals and Ronnie Vaughn-lead vocals/guitar) show the power, talent and ability to create radio ready music with “Still Worth It”. Too damn bad Cincy doesn’t have any radio stations worth a flying f@ck to play it on. Maybe NKU will spin it.

 

 

 

 

 

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