By Scott Bampton
MVP is the debut album from The Milligan Vaughan Project, a compelling blend of Texas blues, rock, soul and funk, out now on Mark One Records. A collaboration between singer, Malford Milligan and guitarist, Tyrone Vaughan, MVP sees the Texan pair teaming up for the first time despite a long-running musical association. The common link between the duo? None other than contemporary blues royalty, Stevie Ray Vaughan. As the name suggests, Tyrone Vaughan is Stevie Ray’s nephew (and the son of blues guitar legend, Jimmie Vaughan), while Malford Milligan was the voice for the band, Storyville, and also joined up with Stevie Ray Vaughan’s rhythm section.
With such a strong connection between the two musicians, it’s unsurprising that MVP captures the pair’s natural chemistry. Producer David Grissom has done a commendable job in ensuring that comes across in the mix. Having co-written a number of the record’s tracks, including soul-funk opener, “Soul Satisfaction”, Grissom helps The Milligan Vaughan Project find the ideal balance between sparkly production values and raw honesty. In that sense, the album feels like a three-way collaboration between Milligan, Vaughan, and Grissom.