Two months ago, Vaughn Walters and girlfriend Jenny Parrott were set to bring their indie folk stylings to Café Nola.
The person driving the tractor-trailer that slammed into their van July 20 thought otherwise.
“We played and we were getting ready to go to D.C. and we were going to see Jenny’s sister-in-law and then drive to Nola and play that night,” Walters says. “There was stopped traffic and a beer truck was right behind us when another truck hit us.”
Thankfully, there were no life-threatening injuries, or broken bones for that matter. However, the accident has left them still fairly sore.
“We’re not 100 percent — we can tour and start working again, just head injuries and back injuries,” Walters says. “Thankfully, nobody died.”
After the layoff, though, the duo, now a trio with the addition of bass player Kurt Johnson, is ready to hit the road once more, this time with gigs from across the pond.
First, Loves It will play Café Nola at 4 East Patrick St., in Frederick at 9:30 p.m. Thursday. Then the band will travel to Europe, where they will tour in Germany, Denmark and Turkey.
“We’re crazy excited,” Walters says. “We have six dates in Denmark, Turkey’s being booked, then we go back to Germany. I’ve never been to Europe before.”
Walters speaks glowingly about playing with Parrott and how Loves It formed.
“The band name came from the TV show ‘The Simple Life.’ [Paris Hilton’s mother and grandmother would constantly use the expression “loves it.”] Before we ever started playing, we joked about it,” Walters says. “Then we started playing together a little bit, then used the name. We never meant to actually use it.”
Parrott is originally from Connecticut, while Walters hails from West Virginia. The two live in Austin, Texas, and travel from gig to gig in their van.
“We just drive from place to place, man,” Walters says.
Kinky Friedman might not be a household name in Maryland, but in Texas, Friedman is a legend. Singer, songwriter, author, comedian, part-time politician, he’s done it all. So when Friedman sends out an endorsement of someone or a band, it’s a pretty big deal to the folks in Texas.
“Two extremely talented people, Jenny Parrott and Vaughn Walters, make up Loves It,” Friedman says on the band’s website. “The record is an American original, seemingly spontaneous at times, effortlessly stunning when you least expect it. The voices come into your heart like that of an angel on your shoulders.”
Despite the high praise, Walters remains humble.
“It’s pretty cool, someone of that stature, it’s good,” Walters says. “Jenny met him on a movie set a long time ago and he got to know about her music through that.”
One of the biggest transformations for the band is the addition of Johnson.
“It’s taken some time for him to adjust,” Walters says, “but it’s definitely cooler and better.”
Throughout all of this, though, Walters is hoping for good things to come. He and Parrott are looking at moving to Nashville beginning next year. Until then, the band will keep playing on.
“I definitely think, especially with our new bass player ... I’m not a big fate-type person. It’s something I have huge hopes for and I think this can be a project that can last for a very long time,” Walters says.
“I feel great about it. We’re going back to Austin in December to see friends, then we’re looking at Nashville at the end of the year, beginning of next year.”