DIVERSE, UNIQUE AND CROWD PLEASIN' - The Vaughns Tonight At Bear Fork Trading Post


The Vaughns, a unique West Virginia bluegrass group, will be appearing Saturday night at Bear Fork Trading Post.

Founded in 1999 in the mountains of West Virginia, the Vaughns Bluegrass Band has developed their own unique and diverse style of music.

The group originally began with John Vaughn on guitar, with his sons David on mandolin and Daniel on bass. His close friend Dave Matheny on banjo.

With their three part harmony and tasteful instrumentation the Vaughns quickly became a well known group in Central West Virginia.

Once people came to learn about the group and hear their music, the band soon began playing at area fairs and festivals.

Ranging from the Sagebrush Roundup, the Apple Butter Festival, Pennyroyal Opera House, Dutch Ridge and the Amish Country in Sugarcreek Ohio; the Vaughns have broadened their playing area and continue to play at many wonderful places.

In 2003, the band was joined onstage by Dave Matheny's youngest daughter Molly playing the fiddle.

In the following year, after regrouping, the band would be joined by Mackenzie Murphy on the bass. Both would help to continue the sound and the style established by the group.

In 2002, the band released their first CD entitled "West Virginia Ride," with the title track being an original song written by Dave Matheny and Dave Vaughn.

Recently, in 2005 the band released their newest CD entitled "Black Water."

Once again, the title track was another original by Dave Matheny and Dave Vaughn. The CD also has another original by Dave Matheny and Dave Vaughn entitled, "The Traveler."

The Vaughns continue to provide a talent that combines harmony and instrumentation in a true bluegrass style.

"They will get your hands clapping and your toe tapping and leave you wanting to hear more," said Bear Fork's Melvin Cottrell.

Bear Fork Trading Post is along US 33-119 between Arnoldsburg and Glenville. Doors open at 6 and music starts about 7. Admission for adults is only $5. Plenty of good food.

If your Bluegrass or Bluegrass-Gospel Band would be interested in playing at Bear Fork, call Melvin or Patty Cottrell at 304-655-8602.