Tyrone Vaughan, straight out of Austin, TX, is trying his best to spread his music to Nashville and the rest of the country, with his debut album, “Downtime”. Although the record is a valiant effort, he might not quite be ready for the “big time”.
Vaughan’s album features 10 songs written or co-written by Vaughan himself, presented with a good mixture of up-tempo tunes and suave, rocking songs. Some of these are extremely cheesy, like “L-O-V-E”, with lyrics like, “love is my business, you get the first one free, no discounts given… I’ll sign you up for your money-back guarantee”. Sadly, I can’t hear Kenny Chesney or Blake Shelton crooning words like these.
“The House Feels So Empty” could’ve been a radio single perhaps in the 90’s, and is a stereotypical country song, about working, driving, and lost love. But songs like this and “Next Stop, Texas” are a throw-back to Vaughan’s roots and musical beginnings, which form the base of the artist he is and will become.
“Wanna Hear You Sing”, feeling-packed and emotional, may be my favorite on the record, despite its predictable rhymes. It is the most modern-sounding, and the most authentic and genuine. Vaughan needs to branch off from songs like this and keep songwriting, and perhaps his next album will be a little bit less ‘Texas’ and a little more modern, ready for the ears of listeners all over the country. Catch up with Tyrone Vaughan and watch him break into the business through Twitter (@TyroneVaughan), at tyronevaughan.com, or on Facebook.
Amanda Wile, CMTT Music Contributor
Amanda Wile is originally from Pennsylvania, but moved to Nashville in 2005 to attend Vanderbilt and to follow her love for music.