support from his local music community.
In 2005 (at age 16) he was nominated for three Bluesy awards by the Music City Blues Society, including: Best Blues
Guitarist, Best Blues Vocalist, and Best Electric Blues Act.
CJ and the band won the Kentucky Blues Challenge in 2006 and the chance to represent the Kentucky Blues Society at
the 2007 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN.
In 2008 they were again selected to compete at the International Blues Challenge, but this time to represent Nashville.
Later that year they went on to win the Daily News Journal’s Battle of the Bands, and CJ was voted Nashville’s Best
After their stellar performance the year before, they represented Nashville at the IBC for a second time in 2009.
Shortly after the IBC, CJ Vaughn was named the 2009 Blues Artist On The Rise by the international publication, Blues
In 2011 the band was honored with several award nominations and won three;
Don Kendrick (drums/percussion) won Blues Drummer of the Year, Larry van Loon (keyboards/vocals) won Blues
Pianist of the Year, and CJ was nominated for Blues Vocalist of the Year, Blues Entertainer of the Year, and WON Blues
Guitarist of the Year.
CJ’s greatest musical influences are The Meters, Dr. John, BB King, Ray Charles, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, along with
some very dear friends and musical mentors, namely: Allen Collay, James “Nick“ Nixon, Shannon Williford, and Scott
“Patio Daddio“ Achord.
After many obstacles and much time, CJ Vaughn & Highway 58’s highly anticipated debut album, Check It Out, is set to
The members of the band are unique and diverse, both musically and personally, providing the optimum environment for
artistic development in regards to the sound of CJ Vaughn & Highway 58. They are also experienced professionals who
know what they're doing, and working with them is a piece of cake.
If you were to ask CJ he would tell you that, through his music, he hopes to promote virtue and honor while giving your
feet something joyful to move to. The music has an original sound, and a life almost it’s own, and when these guys come
together on stage it is an incredible experience that no one should miss!
In 1989 CJ Vaughn was born in Coldwater,
MI. He grew up in the small farm town of
Eaton Rapids, MI, and has lived in
Nashville, TN since 2001. CJ started playing
the guitar just before moving south and,
after arriving in Music City, he started to
soak up the musical mojo that was in the
He has had many wonderful opportunities to
play with some of Nashville’s finest
performers, including such great musicians
as Reese Wynans (SRV & Double Trouble),
Jack Pearson (The Allman Brothers Band),
and Jimmy Hall (Wet Willie), just to name a
Since he started performing with his own
band, CJ Vaughn & Highway 58, in 2005, he
has been honored with much praise and
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