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AutoVaughn hones celestial sound in home base of Tennessee



Despite being based in Tennessee, the indie-rock foursome AutoVaughn has more in common with atmospheric Eighties bands like U2 and celestial Seventies performers like David Bowie than floor-walkin' Ernest Tubb or honkytonk man Lefty Frizzell.

The band's debut, "Space," was released in 2006, but while they continue to tour in support of "Space," they're also pushing for a follow-up.

"We've been touring pretty steadily," singer/rhythm guitarist Darren Potuck said. "After a year and a half, we're ready to release a new disc. We're playing a lot of the new stuff at our shows now, so sometimes we have to remind ourselves to play the old stuff in case somebody buys the disc."

AutoVaughn traffics in the classic rock 'n' roll lineup of two guitarists, a bass player and drummer, and Potuck said the songwriting process comes from the bottom up.

"We all write, sometimes just by building from bass and drum grooves," he said. "It's just a natural way of playing around, and the lyrics may just come from a phrase, to begin with," he said.
AutoVaughn's grooves that often jump-start the songwriting process also differentiate shows from their studio work. Potuck mentioned that some of the members had been in jazz bands, and were acquainted with stretching out a bit musically.

"We don't do the typical bar set. We don't do any covers," he said. "We take our songs, and inject some energy into it. There's some long, drawn-out stuff, but we still like to keep it energetic." "Tory Troutman


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