Local drummer keeps a busy pace

By From page B1 | June 27, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Keith Vaughn has a busy weekend on tap.

He’ll play drums Friday night for the band Rhythm Method 4. He’ll do the same Saturday afternoon for Johnny Wa Wa and the Fender Benders at Winterhawk Winery.

He’ll pick up the sticks a third time Saturday night when he joins The Livin Daylites at Fuso’s Italian Restaurant in Vacaville.

“That’s a pretty regular schedule for me,” Vaughn said.

The Fender Benders specialize in jump blues, a genre that brings in the swing music of the 1940s. It’s a more soulful, more joyful version of the blues, Vaughn said.

Vaughn has been playing with his fellow Fender Bender bandmates for about 15 years. He also belonged to Papa Joe & The Bouncers.

He grew up in Vallejo and began playing music in grammar school. He started out as a horn player.

“I turned out to be terrible,” he said.

His father had a friend who was a professional drummer. He took Vaughn under his wings and taught him the drums.

Vaughn was able to focus his time on music after retiring from Anheuser-Busch. He also works as a booking agent and serves as a resource for other musicians in the area.

“I’m willing to go the extra mile to get gigs,” he said. “I’ve gotten pretty good at it.”

It’s also afforded him the chance to connect with the venues he likes to play. Playing music you like, with people you have an affinity for, in an enjoyable setting makes for a great gig, Vaughn said.

Vaughn also drums for church worship services.

“I never thought I’d see the day when a drummer got a paying gig in a church,” he said.

That was topped by the fact he’s been told it’s OK to play louder in church.

He promises a big show at Winterhawk. The Fender Benders have welcomed guitarist Rick Whedbee into the fold for the gig.

There will be a lot of energy, combined with rapid-fire songs, Vaughn said.

“The goal is to get people up dancing and keep them there,” he said. “This band is geared toward live (shows).”

The audience can expect to hear tunes from Tommy Castro, Buddy Guy, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Eric Clapton, with a Fender Benders twist.

Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/amaginnisdr.

Johnny Wa Wa and the Fender Benders

  • 2 p.m. Saturday
  • Winterhawk Winery, 4537 Abernathy Road, Fairfield
  • www.winterhawk.moonfruit.com
  • www.stringfellowentertainment.com/The-Fender-Benders.html
Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey joined the staff of the Daily Republic in 1980. She’ll tell you she was only 3 at the time. Over the past three decades she’s done a variety of jobs in the newsroom. Today, she covers arts and entertainment and writes for the Living and news pages.

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  • Hal ImbrieJune 27, 2014 - 10:09 pm

    Keith is a great drummer, and more importantly a great guy. He's seeked after by many musicians for his services because of both of those qualities.

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  • Ida saenzJune 28, 2014 - 9:13 am

    Let's just say this man knows his drums and how to play them! Keith is is also a wonderful person to know and to have as my friend.

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