Eric Taylor is a master storyteller and has been one of the finest southern songwriters for the last four decades. Influencing such well-known artists as Nanci Griffith, Lyle Lovett and Steve Earle, Taylor tours extensively throughout North America and Europe. He has appeared on Austin City Limits, Late Night With David Letterman, NPR's "Morning Edition" and BBC Radio. A mesmerizing performer... more
Eric Taylor is a master storyteller and has been one of the finest southern songwriters for the last four decades. Influencing such well-known artists as Nanci Griffith, Lyle Lovett and Steve Earle, Taylor tours extensively throughout North America and Europe. He has appeared on Austin City Limits, Late Night With David Letterman, NPR's "Morning Edition" and BBC Radio. A mesmerizing performer whose shows will leave you wanting more.
On December 14th, Taylor brings his concept of song theatre – spoken word ingeniously intertwined with masterfully crafted songs – to The Bugle Boy in La Grange. And he will be celebrating the release of his new STUDIO 10 CD.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT ERIC TAYLOR
"Taylor may sing of the past, of bar rooms and hay fields and even Johnny Cash, but his characters want the same things we do. They want love and redemption. They want some fun and happiness. They want respect and sometimes even a little vengeance. Taylor's people are just like us, it's just that their tales are exquisitely told." – Al Kaufman, Atlanta Music Guide
"I'm always the opening act when I'm around Eric. I love his voice, and he has a great narrative quality and sense of detail. He sort of takes you out of your own reality and into the reality of his songs. It's good writing no matter how you cut it." – Lyle Lovett
"'I write, or I starve.' One of the last been-there, done-that links to Townes van Zandt, Guy Clark, Lightnin' Hopkins, Vince Bell and Houston's storied folk heyday, Eric Taylor is aged wine, a deep, lusty, satisfying, expensive red. Poems – rambling travelogues, dangerous character sketches, small crimes and misdemeanor indictments – roll off Taylor's tongue, memories struggling back to the surface and demanding Taylor to make some sense of it all. It's no trifling bit of made-up puffery when Taylor pulls out his Barlow knife and opens a vein, lamenting the passing of Folk Singer Bill Morrissey ("Bill") or an unnamed woman ("Adios") with sorrow and soul. Don't expect free gifts or easy lessons in these 10 songs: a listener has to work and engage to get to the crux of Taylor's musings on life, gambling, murder, divorce, death, friendship and the search for reason. Studio 10 finds one of the great Texas folk poets calling out to his personal ghosts across the distant artistic horizon where Leonard Cohen lives, where the true price of knowledge is summed in pain, reflection and regret. You won't be singing songs like "Reno" or "Dark Corner Ice Water" in the shower, but they'll be waiting, demanding examination and thought, when you turn out the lights. – Texas Music magazine
"Eric Taylor writes stories / songs that have at their heart characters who are either invisible to the world at large or who the people who populate that world would consider 'non-essential'. They pass them on the street and don't even see them – if they do, they don't look them in the eye, or think about them or the lives they lead. They belong to another world, or to another, unseen layer of this one. It's easier to pretend they don't exist than to stop for a moment and consider the nature of their lives, of their very existence. Eric's songs take these people and force the listener to acknowledge that these 'non-essential' men and women are flesh and blood, living and breathing, taking life as it is handed to them and making the best they can make of it. Eric does this so well that you can feel the cold steel of a blade pressed against your throat, or taste the fire of the whiskey, or the smell of burnt powder that follows a gunshot, or hear the muted roll of dice across a table. You're there. You can bake in the southern heat and inhale the dust. You can feel the spring in the floorboards of a darkened honky-tonk. The cigarette smoke hanging like a haze in the room fills your lungs.
Here are stories carved from hard reality – every one crafted with care. There's not a 'non-essential' one in the bunch. These songs are not for the lazy listener, nor for the faint of heart. They're not cut-and-dried tales with the endings tied up in a bow. Every aspect of the story is not revealed. These songs will make you think. Eric Taylor writes from a place deep inside, and the images he creates get under your skin. They can take you places. What you do with what you might learn there is up to you . . . but I have no doubt you'll be richer for the experience." – Larry Looneyless