Chicago based blues man Maurice John Vaughn is an established guitar & saxophone player who performs upbeat urban blues with horns. He's put out two albums on Alligator Records & has produced for Appaloosa Records for the artists BJ Emery, Maxine Carr & Shirley Johnson. Maurice has also worked with Detroit Junior as an arranger.
It isn't surprising that Lucinda Williams' level of craft takes time to assemble, but the six-year wait between Sweet Old World and its 1998 follow-up, Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, still raised eyebrows. The delay stemmed both from label difficulties and Williams' meticulous perfectionism, the latter reportedly over a too-produced sound and her own vocals. Listening to the record, one can understand why both might have concerned Williams. Car Wheels is far and away her most produced album to date, which is something of a mixed blessing. Its surfaces are clean and contemporary, with something in the timbres of the instruments (especially the drums) sounding extremely typical of a late-'90s major-label roots-rock album.