Union Transfer


The Ben Vaughn Quintet

Analog Record Release Party

The Ben Vaughn Quintet

Dan Montgomery (solo)

Sat, December 30, 2017

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:15 pm

The Boot & Saddle

Philadelphia, PA


This event is 21 and over

The Ben Vaughn Quintet
The Ben Vaughn Quintet
Ben Vaughn grew up in the Philadelphia area on the New Jersey side of the river. At age 6 his uncle gave him a Duane Eddy record and forever changed his life.

In 1983 he formed the Ben Vaughn Combo. The band was together five years, releasing two albums and touring the US several times. They received rave reviews in Rolling Stone and People magazine and video airplay on MTV. The attention inspired Marshall Crenshaw to record Ben's "I'm Sorry (But So Is Brenda Lee)" for his "Downtown" album.

Ben embarked on a solo career from '88-'94 recording four critically acclaimed albums, touring extensively in Europe and US and receiving more MTV exposure. During that period he produced three records for the Elektra Records American Explorer series (Memphis rockabilly legend Charlie Feathers, Fort Worth gospel saxophonist Vernard Johnson, Muscle Shoals country soul singer Arthur Alexander) and recorded "Cubist Blues", a collaboration with Alan Vega (Suicide) and Alex Chilton (Big Star). He also scored two films ("Favorite Mopar" and "Wild Girl's Go-Go Rama") as well as producing segments for nationally syndicated radio show "World Cafe."

In 1995, Ben moved to L.A. and released "Instrumental Stylings", an album of instrumentals in a variety of styles. A guest appearance on KCRW's "Morning Becomes Eclectic" led directly to being hired as composer for the award-winning TV sitcom "3rd Rock From The Sun." "That 70s Show" soon followed and for the next ten years Ben would provide award-winning music for a dozen other TV shows and pilots ("Men Behaving Badly", "Normal, Ohio", "Grounded For Life"). He also provided scores for several films ("Psycho Beach Party", "The Independent", "Scorpion Spring") and continued producing records (Ween, Los Straitjackets, "Swingers" soundtrack CD).

Somehow, Ben found time to create the legendary "Rambler '65". Recorded entirely in his car, this much-publicized album (and subsequent short film) is still considered by many to be a classic document of a man and his dream.

Ben's latest endeavor came about in a very organic fashion. Despite the lure of Hollywood, each weekend Ben would leave the studio lot behind and travel to his Mojave Desert home. Driving late at night, he would tune in Palm Springs easy listening radio station KWXY and let the music run through him. Soon the arrangements of Percy Faith, Paul Mauriat and Henry Mancini became a natural part of his blood stream. Over time it became obvious to him what his next recording project had to be: a modern instrumental album combining the magic of those late night broadcasts with everything he had learned through the years as a TV composer, record producer and recording artist. Thus, "Designs In Music" was born. The album, a vibrant snapshot of instrumental music's past, present and future, was completed in December 2005 and was released on May 16th on Soundstage 15 Records.
Dan Montgomery (solo)
Memphis Americana stalwart Dan Montgomery returns with his fifth full length album GONE. A raucous record of disorientation, lost love…and eventual acceptance…all with a walloping back beat ! “It’s really not about heartbreak or relationships so much as it’s about that moment when you look around and wonder…What the hell just happened…and where you go from there” says Montgomery “Luckily these are not all my stories!”

With the opening one – two salvo of “Gettin Up” and the title track it’s clear that this is no hum & strum sub Blood on the Tracks, GONE is the breakup album you can dance to.

Written and recorded with his Memphis based band (Robert Mache’ – guitar vocals Jeremy Scott – Bass James Cunningham – Drums and Candace Mache’ – vocals), the same band that played on 2014’s acclaimed Sin, Repent, Repeat. “I got my electric guitar out of hock” says Montgomery about the more rocking collection of songs on the new album. “Seriously” he continued, ” I write to my rhythm section more than anything else and James & Jeremy can bring the big beat . I brought a new song in every Monday and we’d bang it out a few times and sure enough we’d have a take. It was all very brash and immediate and that’s certainly reflected in the song selection.” While there are several drop dead gorgeous ballads like “What Am I Here For” and the closing “A Little Tear”(presented in it’s original demo form the day it was written), the meat of this album is in it’s rock and roll heart. “With the penultimate track “Gotta Go” we reached this weird combination of The Collins Kids and Foghat…which should not have worked but there you have it… It was an album full of surprises”

GONE was released on May 26th and was followed up with an east Coast tour starting June 8th and culminating in a Philadelphia Record Release Show at World Cafe Live. “Touring with the full band(plus special guests along the way) is my favorite thing to do ” says Montgomery ” and we’re really firing on all cylinders right now. There’s gonna be some barn burners on this tour for sure !”.
Venue Information:
The Boot & Saddle
1131 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19147