Idgy Vaughn

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Idgy Vaughn

Ale House, Wednesday, March 14

Idgy Vaughn, a small town girl who does it better. The local singer-songwriter's music has been called "twisted Americana," and that might sum up a good deal of her songs, though "jaded" or "scorned" might work better. The redhead mounted the stage in a long, paisley dress and she and her threepiece band proceeded straight to opener "Mr. Wrong," a jaunty bit of country whose flames were fanned by Vaughn's wiser-than-her-years smirk. The next song, "Dragging the River," about killing her boyfriend, was no less smoldering in its galloping beat. No doubt Vaughn has a great voice; she's "a loaded gun" as well as a good songwriter. She treads the country music landscape ably, with songs about heartbreak and disillusionment bucking in the stable, and last year's Origin Story is a good starting point. The woman-done-wrong has been amply voiced in folk music, and Vaughn has it in her to wail. She just has to let her guard down first. Or is that again?

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