Country artist Andy Vaughan used to watch a lot of Western movies when he was a kid. The Richmond native noticed how, in the older films, “everything was really black and white” when the good guys wore the white hats and the bad guys wore the black hats, and “you knew exactly who was who.” But then came the newer, “Spaghetti Western” moves in which many shades of gray emerged with heroes such as Clint Eastwood’s Man with No Name, taking questionable actions.
The good people who sometimes did bad things inspired the album “Sinners and Saints” by Andy Vaughan and the Driveline, who will return to perform at the Richmond County Fair next Saturday.
The “Best Richmond County Band,” according to readers of Style Weekly magazine, made their initial appearance at the fair last year, but lost time in their performance due to rainy weather. But Vaughan said that the crowd who turned out liked their sound and wanted them to come back.
Andy Vaughan and the Driveline will be bringing the Bakersfield Sound made famous by Buck Owens and Merle Haggard to their performance.
“I definitely love Merle’s sound, everything from the really early Bakersfield sound into the later stuff he did in the 70s and 80s and even through now, he’s still making great music,” Vaughan said. “[He’s] one of my favorite songwriters of all time as far as country music goes and a great singer, love the real subtle way he can emote with his vocals, there’s a whole lot of nuance in there. He’s definitely a huge…
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