Danny Vaughn is recognized worldwide for his melodic, powerful & emotional vocals, and is widely acknowledged as one of the best voices in the business. On the rock scene, he is known for his involvement with British hard rockers Waysted (1985-1987) and is — justifiably — famous for his flourishing voice-work with melodic rockers Tyketto. Danny left Tyketto and the band split afterward, in 1996 (though they would reform with the full original line-up in 2004).
Danny went on to release two studio albums as Vaughn, then a third solo album, entitled Traveller, released under his own name in 2007.
Danny found success with other projects too, such as From The Inside [melodic rock] and Flesh and Blood [Southern rock]. He also co-founded The Ultimate Eagles [2009 - 2019], which has been described as “The best Eagles show in the world.”
2019 saw this talented vocalist and experienced multi-instrumentalist launch his solo album, entitled Myths, Legends & Lies: a project that he worked towards for many years. “It's an album I've been talking about making for over fourteen years,” Danny explains, “A bunch of songs I call my orphans: they're a group of numbers, collected over decades, that I never found a proper home for.”
“This is not what you'd expect from me,” he goes on. “I'm a rock guy. Everyone knows that! But sometimes I felt trapped by the designation. That's why it's been hard to find a place for these personal songs.”
The album was met with rave reviews: “This Mr Vaughn, is your masterpiece,” said The Rockpit. “These 14 songs.... don't follow a formula, they don't need to. They just sound utterly magnificent. 10 out of 10," said Andy Thorley of Maximum Volume Music, whilst Rushonrock proclaimed, “ 'Myths, Legends & Lies; the latest example of Vaughn’s criminally underrated talent laid bare.”
Danny had worked on his album project for years, and along the way found various factors conspiring to inspire him to give the orphans a home of their own; also to step outside the genre boundaries within which his work has been best-known.
Some may be surprised to learn that Danny Vaughn is a product of Steiner education. At lower school, he was placed into a choir. “My first public performance was singing Pie Jesu in soprano. I remember the audience craning their necks to see who the little kid who sang the solo was. My best-loved experience, during those days, was singing in harmony. It stayed with me ever since.”
His schooling taught Vaughn to read and enjoy classical music, though his teenage years were filled with a love for the pop classics, especially Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel: anything that provided harmonizing, folk-rock, edged with the baroque.
After leaving school, Danny played in several local cover bands, many of them playing classic covers in rock-joints around Rockland County.
“One day I got a message that the Welsh rock guitarist Paul Chapman (Skid Row, UFO) was looking for me. I brushed it aside, but my curiosity got the better of me and I called the number. I was invited to do an audition down in Florida, for Paul's new project: DOA, and recorded a demo with him that he took to the UK to shop with the record companies there. But that went by the wayside when Pete Way invited Paul to join Waysted instead. Of course they'd already found themselves a talented vocalist in Fin Muir. So that was that!”
“But in 1985, they had a falling out with Fin and I was invited to learn a bunch of Waysted and UFO songs just days before a huge show at Ramat Gan football stadium, in Tel Aviv. I endured. It was my trial-by fire-audition for a band I continued to play with till 1987.”
Some of the material on Myths, Legends & Lies album goes way back into his early musical life. “The first song that I ever wrote for myself — it's on Myths, Legends & Lies,” he explains, “is The Missouri Kid. I wrote the song as an eighteen-year-old kid, so it's fair to say it's gone through a lot of changes. I've always been attracted to the Southern rock style (especially Blackfoot), so that sort of sound influences some of my writing, although it does not dominate.”
The road that’s led to Danny’s project becoming a reality hasn’t been straightforward. Events have often altered the route, as Danny explains: “I was going to do Myths, Legends & Lies at Rockfield Studios, but serendipity ended up leading me elsewhere - to Tim Hamill, whom I'd met while working on an Ultimate Eagles recording. I always kinda gravitate back to Wales. I don't know why. It's uncanny.”
So, building on the undoubted achievement of Tyketto’s We've Got Tomorrow We've Got Tonight — the 14-piece band extravaganza that was made in Pontypridd, Wales, which consisted of re-booted and re-structured Tyketto classics, turned into miniature
rock concertos — with Danny providing sacred voice — Vaughn entered Sonic One in Llangennech, Carmarthenshire, with Chris Childs (bass), Rhys Morgan (drums), Nigel Hopkins (piano) and a host of other distinguished guest musicians, to record his “orphan songs.”
“Like many things in my life, finding my way to Sonic One was such a happy accident that it seems like fate. For example, we were able to get hold of Andrew Griffiths. He plays the kind of hot horn you didn't think could be found outside New Orleans. Bringing the sounds together was really easy too. At Sonic One, I worked with very accomplished musicians. And, although I'm the song originator, I prefer collaboration over inflexibility. I didn't need to yank the reins on those guys: the songs were the primary center of their attention, and they knew it.”
“Lyrically, my songs have been shaped and re-shaped over time. My influences have included John Hiatt, Don Henley, Bruce Hornsby, Tom Waits and Bernie Taupin, among others.
“Storytelling has also been a strong influence on me,” Danny adds, “especially the oral tradition. I was lucky enough to have been brought up amongst a strong culture of that: both my parents read to me as a child and that included the entire Lord of the Rings books, as well as the Zen myth Monkey and Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories.”
Not all stories run smoothly, or have happy endings, and thanks to one particular obstacle, Myths, Legends & Lies almost didn't get made.
“I became a victim of the PledgeMusic difficulties,” admits Danny, “Thankfully, just before it was too late — another timely piece of good luck! — I managed to pull the project from the platform and collect-up all my fans: all those who'd already been drawn to the project. This meant I had to do things for myself, of course. It was a stressful time, but, by acting at exactly the right moment, I managed to retain most of my pledgers. I'm pleased to say that all of them will collect their promised albums, on time and at the agreed-upon date.”
“Looking back,” he reflects, “perhaps the headache caused by PledgeMusic was actually a blessing. It gave me the push & impulse I probably needed to get the job done and it also made me realize, more than anything, that the fans are on my side and they are indispensable and significant. And if you have fans on your side, nothing is impossible.”
2020 will see Danny’s latest project Snake Oil & Harmony release their debut album and tour Europe.
Five years ago, Danny and Dan Reed (frontman of funk rockers Dan Reed Network) decided to combine their talents in a joint project: a live acoustic touring act called Snake Oil & Harmony.
The project led to two acclaimed tours, where they shared their songs and the stories behind them with audiences throughout Europe, building a rep for their singing, musicianship and spellbinding rapport with their audiences.
The tours sparked the pair into further creative partnership, kindling their considerable talents to create new, original songs, which they added to their repertoire on tour. Now, Snake Oil & Harmony are releasing their debut album, Hurricane Riders to coincide with their next tour, which begins in March 2020.
Meanwhile, Vaughn will be continuing with his solo and band work and Tyketto.
Tyketto’s recent live album ‘STRENGTH IN NUMBERS LIVE’ draws the best takes from 8 gigs
to capture the live essence of Tyketto. The band will be playing at the Monsters Of Rock Cruise X, Fort Lauderdale, Cozumel & Belize between 8th-13th Feb 2020; then returning to the M3 rock festival in Columbia, Maryland, in the USA, playing on Sunday 3rd May 2020. They’ve also announced European tour dates; plus playing the Bully On Rocks festival in France on Saturday 2nd May, 2020; plus the one-day Stonedead festival in Newark on 29th August 2020.
Now residing in Prague, Dan Reed, lead vocalist and composer for the 'Dan Reed Network' (DRN) originates from Portland, Oregon, the city that became the musical breeding ground for what would became DRN at their debut show in December of 1984 at the underground club 'The Last Hurrah'. After nearly three years of playing three to four shows a week in Portland and Seattle, and everywhere in between, DRN signed to Polygram Records in 1987 and went on to tour as a support act for RUN DMC, UB40, Bon Jovi and the Rolling Stones 1990 Urban Jungle European Tour. After three albums, which collectively sold over 2 million albums worldwide, Dan grew weary of the road and all the trappings that came along with the image making and propaganda of the late 80's. He decided to take a break from the industry and got involved in theatre and film acting, later becoming the co-owner of a Live Music/EDM club called 'The Ohm' in Portland. After working and partying tirelessly for three years in the club business, and with the passing of his father, Dan decided to move to India for a sabbatical away from performing of any kind, and take a break from the noise of the rock and roll nightlife.
After spending nearly a year in a Tibetan Monastery as the guest of two Buddhist monks Dan befriended in northern India, he started writing music again after one of the monks named 'Sonam' asked Reed to teach him the lyrics of the 'Queen' song 'We Will Rock You'. With the arrival of new music, it was time to head back west, this time to Jerusalem.
"I've always dreamed of having the simple life... by a lake in the country, peace and quiet, while atthesametimethere'salwaysanachingforloudmusicand athrivingcommunity.Withthat said, corners of this world that at their core are searching for a god, or spirituality, has always drawn me in. The time spent in northern India and Jerusalem saved my life... the least I can do is try to give that love back now through music. And although I will often fail in that quest, I have to try at least try to keep the music's intention peaceful, even if it's rockin', funky, and soulful." - Dan Reed
With the help of his old friend Max Wasa Reed built a home studio in the religious neighbourhood of Na' Chalot' on the west side of Jerusalem. Two years later he found himself studying at a Jewish Yeshiva and writing songs that would become the first solo album entitled 'Coming Up For Air'. A few of Dan's old colleagues in the music industry liked what they heard and a year later he was performing again in Europe and back in the US raising money for then Senator Barrack Obama's campaign for the Presidency. Performing at fundraisers led to Reed doing sets at the Democratic Convention in Denver in 2008, and in DC Inauguration Celebration.
Enjoying performing live again in 2009 Reed decided to hit the road as much as he was invited to do so, keeping him on the road the better part of each year for the last decade, coming home only to spend time with his family and composing new music. After "Coming Up for Air' was released Dan wrote and recorded two more solo albums 'Signal Fire' in 2010 followed by 'Transmission' in 2012. It was at this time that all the members of DRN were invited to play a reunion show on New Year’s Eve in their hometown. The band buried the past and decided to play the event and for the first time since 1995 performed together. That show led to the band reforming to tour again and write and record new music.
Frontier's Records released their first rebirth album 'Fight Another Day' in 2016. Since then the band has released another album entitled 'Origins' accompanied with music videos that were recorded and filmed in front of a live studio audience while they tracked the songs for 'Origins' in different recording studios in England, Sweden and the US.
It was around this time that Dan connected with Danny Vaughn, the lead vocalist of 'Tyketto' where both DRN and Tyketto were performing on the same stage at England's 'Download Festival'. Not long after that summer Vaughn reached out to Reed to discuss touring together acoustically and both artists made the decision to check their ego's at the door and hit the road. Their first UK Tour gave birth what was to become a third musical outlet for Dan entitled 'Snake
Oil and Harmony', who just recorded their Debut Album in Prague entitled 'Hurricane Riders' coming out in March of 2020.
Dan recently released his 4th solo album ‘Confessions’ along with a Live Concert DVD ‘Confessions Live in the UK’. This album aimed to be a deeper, more personal collection of love songs so for he decided to perform and program all the instruments himself with the goal to accomplish a true 'solo' album. Malcolm Dome, writer for ‘Classic Rock Magazine’ described the album - “Confessions tells us that even when we are left broken by the pursuit of love, we should never abandon the dream. The music has a gentle flow and glorious delight in life, mixing acoustic nuances with funk flexes that create a richly rewarding yet understated album.”
Reed’s first solo album ‘Coming Up for Air' being composed and tracked in Jerusalem and Northern India it mirrored his quest for insight on religious conflicts and making peace with inner demons. 'Signal Fire’ took a more pointed look at the world's political/social/environmental conflicts. 'Tansmission' dealt with the hurt and the weight... the anger of the conflict and how can one turn pain in to some form of joy. 'Confessions’ decidedly left political statements and complaints behind and focuses more on the potential of the human heart and soul in their quest for companionship and affection.
Currently Dan is composing new music for the next Dan Reed Network Album to be recorded in his hometown of Portland, Oregon in January 2020 with a release date for the fall of that year, and gearing up for the release of Snake Oil and Harmony's album 'Hurricane Riders' and subsequent European Tour.
"I have been blessed to work with so many great musicians on this musical journey and really can't wait for people to hear what Danny Vaughn and I have concocted for everyone's listening pleasure! We strove to make an album rooted in the 70's with a focus on story telling and live musicianship... and feel we achieved that goal in spades!"