Anderson Fair presents Idgy Vaughn.
Idgy Vaughn was born in Chillicothe, Missouri (“The Home of Sliced Bread”), to a non-musical hog farming family on the same day that Jimmy Hoffa disappeared. Her folks lost their farm and moved to a Mississippi River town. Idgy taught herself to play guitar and became the only songwriter she knew.
In 2001, she packed up her small daughter and, sight unseen, moved to Austin, Texas, buoyed by a tax refund check and a bunch of songs nobody ever heard. A single mother and new to the scene in “The Live Music Capitol of the World,” Idgy got by waitressing at a truckstop a few miles south of town until a customer won the lottery and loaned her just enough to make her first record.
A second stroke of luck came when she won the Kerrville New Folk Songwriting Competition.
Her debut album, ORIGIN STORY, was recorded entirely in Austin with a dream team of all-star musicians. It garnered an amazing critical response in Great Britain and the U.S., as well as nominations for Album of the Year, Producer of the Year for Paul Pearcy, and Best New Band at the 2006 Austin Music Awards.
The album spent 11 weeks on the national Americana chart, peaking at #32, with the unique distinction of being the only self-released record on the chart at the time.
National Public Radio made “Good Enough” their Song of the Day. ORIGIN STORY was on the much-coveted “best of the year” lists by Austin NPR affiliate KUT’s David Brown, the Austin Chronicle’s longtime music writer Margaret Moser, and many, many others.
Idgy has opened for music icons Kris Kristofferson and Richard Thompson, as well as great artists like Billy Joe Shaver, Joe Ely, Jimmy Webb, Mary Gauthier, Ray Wylie Hubbard,Leo Kottke, Kelly Willis, David Bromberg, and the Derailers. She has shared the stage with Hayes Carll and Susan Gibson. Idgy tours nationally, and is often accompanied by Will Sexton.