Idgy Vaughn

Idgy Vaughn

 Austin, Texas, USA

Idgy Vaughn has only been in Austin for a few years but already her brand of confessional country has made her a recognizable figure in the Austin music scene. She’s won songwriting awards from Kerrville to Boston and has even been featured on the BBC. Idgy tours with guitarist Will Sexton.



Idgy Vaughn is a Missouri-born songwriter based in Austin, Texas. "Critically acclaimed" only begins to describe her first album, ORIGIN STORY, which was recorded entirely in Austin with a dream team of all-star musicians. Idgy won the Kerrville Folk Festival's prestigious New Folk Competition in 2004.

"Origin Story just might be the local debut album of the year." – Margaret Moser, Austin Chronicle

"Resonates with a rare authenticity." - David Brown,

"A talent to watch." [four stars] - London's Daily Mirror

"A fantastic new voice with something to say." - Andrew Dansby, Texas Music Magazine

"Every song on Origin Story is instantly memorable, an unpredictable mix of pathos and humor. It's delivered by a sweetly powerful voice with a hint of a twang that sounds like Texas." - Eileen McClelland, Houston Chronicle

“…I've played this track probably, you know, six or seven times now over recent months on this program but each time I play it I get huge numbers of requests to play it again…. I think she's got a wonderful and tugging voice.” - Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2

Idgy Vaughn
Origin Story

There are a few things you won't learn about Idgy Vaughn simply by listening to her debut album, Origin Story. Like the fact that she was born in Chillicothe, Missouri, a town otherwise best known — for the moment— as “The Home of Sliced Bread.” And that she was born on the same day that Jimmy Hoffa disappeared, which seems to perversely please her. In high school, she became pen pals with the late, great Saturday Night Live star Phil Hartman, around the same time that she first adopted the name “Vaughn” while working as a teenage deejay for a rock radio station in Quincy, Illinois. She skipped her senior year and enrolled in college early after scoring freakishly high on her ACT Assessment, but was “politely asked to leave” Quincy University at the end of her first semester after being busted for writing papers for football players. She’s been bitten by a hog (while eight months pregnant), lived in the projects, and, on her first trip to New York City, was mugged by a pair of 11-year-old boys. She once opened for Richard Thompson before having any clue who he was, and won the prestigious New Folk Competition for Emerging Songwriters at the 2004 Kerrville Folk Festival despite breaking down in a fit of laughter mid-performance due to an instrument malfunction. She has no concept of time whatsoever but is obsessed with watches, and her right leg is almost an inch shorter than her left — a condition that, by her own admission, makes her a bit of a “gimp.”

Oh, and “Idgy” is a nickname that’s stuck to her, for better or worse, since infancy, when her 3-year-old sister couldn’t pronounce “Audrey.”

Give or take a few other undisclosed quirks and misadventures, though, and everything else you really need to know about Idgy Vaughn is right there on her first record. True to its title, Origin Story is the story of Idgy’s life so far, and it’s a story much better told through her own voice and songs than in any formal bio or FAQ sheet. “The record is extremely autobiographical,” she says, then hastily adds, “with of course the obvious exception of the murder ballad, which I have to, for the record, state is completely fiction.

“If I didn’t know me,” she continues, “I’d want to know me, because I’d want to know how the stories ended.” This is a woman who knows her way around a hook, both in song (all over the place, both musical and emotional) and in conversation (the moment during any story when she inevitably drops the line, “No, wait — here’s the best
part ….”)

But Origin Story is more than just a chronicle of where Idgy Vaughn’s been and how she got here, a portrait of the artist as a young woman and single mother. It’s the fulfillment of a lifelong dream, a triumph of persistence and faith over adversity. It’s the first chapter in what is certain to be long and richly rewarding (artistically and otherwise) career by one of the freshest and most compelling songwriting voices to emerge out of the Texas and Americana scene in some time.

Origin Story is all that, and a hell of a good record, to boot. The tracks are graced by some of the best players that the storied Austin music scene has to offer, including esteemed guitarists Redd Volkaert, Rob Gjersoe, and Guy Forsyth, pedal steel player Lloyd Maines, fiddle player Eamon McLoughlin, keyboard players Riley Osbourn and Earl Poole Ball, bassist Glenn Fukunaga, background vocalists Ruthie Foster and Pauline Reese and drummer Paul Pearcy, who produced the album with engineer The East Side Flash at Austin’s Flashpoint Recording studio. But above and beyond the talent of the players involved, what really makes Origin Story stand out is the songs and Idgy herself.

“Some people are just better singers and songwriters than others, and when you’ve got really good stuff to work with, everything else


"Origin Story," Idgy's full-length debut was released in 2006. Paul Pearcy produced her album at Flashpoint Recording in Austin, Texas, with Eastside Flash engineering personally. Players on the album include Redd Volkaert, Cindy Cashdollar, Earl Poole Ball, Eamon McLoughlin, Riley Osbourn, Lloyd Maines, Oliver Rajamani, Ruthie Foster, Marvin Dykhuis, Chip Dolan, Glenn Fukunaga, Michael Shay, Rob Gjersoe, Michael Rubin, Pauline Reese, and Paul Pearcy himself on drums and percussion. Two tracks from the album, "Good Enough" and "Pearl of Georgia" are being played by England's BBC Radio Two. ORIGIN STORY broke the Top 40 on the official Americana chart, and can be heard on XM's The Village as well as Boston's all-folk station WUMB, Austin's influential KUT, Corpus Christi's KBSO, San Antonio's KSYM, and Texas Rebel Radio member KFAN in Fredericksburg.

Set List

Idgy's sets are almost completely comprised of original material and range in length from 45 to 90 minutes, depending on the venue. Occasionally, she throws in some John Prine, Kris Kristofferson, or Cindy Walker.