Hot local band releases album plays Village Green July 17

A new CD from Andy Vaughan and The Driveline, “Sinners & Saints,” features songs from both sides of the human condition. “There are good people out there who occasionally do bad things – and I’m one of them,” said Vaughan. “I’m a decent person, but I’ve definitely screwed up.”

The band will play some of these songs in a free concert on Chester’s Village Green on Wednesday, July 17 from 7:30 - 9 pm.

“Sinners & Saints” finds singer-guitarist Vaughan, pedal steel player and Chester resident Slim Stanton, lead guitarist Ray Fralin, bassist Erik Kutzler and drummer Chip Farnsworth digging deeper into their musical roots. “This record has deep roots in classic country but leans more heavily toward ’70s-style country rock – especially in the drum beats – and the countrypolitan sound,” Vaughan explains.

The CD was partially funded by Kickstarter, a social media funding device in which fans can contribute money to the production, in exchange for the CD and other merchandise. Hundreds of shows in Virginia, North Carolina and the Mid-Atlantic earned the group a devoted following, which proved a godsend when funds ran low during recording.

“We put everything we had over the better part of a year into recording the album, but then we hit a wall,” Vaughan says. “So we launched a Kickstarter campaign. It’s all or nothing with Kickstarter, which was kind of nerve-wrecking. But we knew our fans would come through.” The campaign allowed them to finish the record and prepare to tour.

In addition to the Village Green. the group will expand their fan base in 2014 with dates as far south as Athens and Savannah, Ga., and as far north as Philadelphia – all new cities for the band, which can also be said of Charleston, S.C., and Wilmington, N.C.

While spending the first half of 2014 working on the CD, the band has had some interesting experiences as opening acts. They opened for the Little River Band last month at the Beacon Theater in Hopewell, but in February opened for a former United States president.

“We were contacted by the Richmond Forum to provide pre-show music before the speech by President George W. Bush,” said Stanton. “I guess they chose us because we have a healthy repertoire of Texas-style country and Western swing.”

Stanton noted that the performance earned them a shout-out from the former president. “President Bush, at the beginning of his speech, said that ‘listening to Andy Vaughan play Texas swing makes me feel like I’m in Richmond, Texas, not Richmond, Virginia.’”

No strangers to the Chester Village Green, having played several ChesterFests, the band hopes to see friends and fans at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 17 on Chester’s Village Green. Attendees are asked to bring lawn chairs.

As the Chesterfield Community Association (CCA) kicks off its “Third Thursdays” concert series, musical groups will play every Thursday until the weather gets too cool to come out to enjoy a show. This is also part of the mission of the CCA to continue creating a sense of place in Chester.

Fort Lee Band

The 12th Annual Band Concert by the Fort Lee Army Band will take place on Thursday, July 31 at 7 p.m. As usual the band will perform on the Chester Village Green on Centre Street.

The Kiwanis Club of Chester present the concert free for the community. The Army Band will play a variety of music including big band, popular, country and patriotic music.
The concert is hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Chester and sponsors by Village News.

Be sure to bring a blanket, chairs and picnic supper. The Kiwanis will offer free lemonade.

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