Eric Taylor Plus Support at The Live Room@Caroline Social Club in Shipley
|Doors Open||Sunday 13 October 2013 at 7:00 PM|
|Starts||Sunday 13 October 2013 at 8:00 PM|
Eric Taylor is a sage musician, a lyrical genius and a master of the guitar. If you're familiar with the intricate Texas singer/ songwriter jigsaw puzzle, you probably already know a lot about Taylor. If you're not familiar with Taylor by name, you've probably heard his songs performed by people such as Nanci Griffith and Lyle Lovett. He has created a multitude of fans and devotees that are legends themselves in the singer/songwriter realm, artists who have long considered Taylor to be a teacher and a lantern bearer whose time is long overdue.
Taylor grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, and started playing soul music in his early years, steeping himself in the rich cultural heritage of the black South, learning intricate blues guitar stylings from music legends Lightnin' Hopkins, Mance Lipscomb and Mississippi Fred McDowell while working at the Family Hand club. Later, he developed his own unique guitar picking style, that would be imitated by many of his contemporaries from the early Houston days, such as Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, Robert Earl Keen, Lyle Lovett, Steve Earle, and ex-wife, Nanci Griffith.
‘To say that Eric Taylor is one of the finest writers of our time, would be an understatement,’ Nanci Griffith says. ‘If you miss an opportunity to hear Eric Taylor, you have missed a chance to hear a voice I consider the William Faulkner of songwriting in our current time.’ Griffith has recorded several of Taylor's songs, including ‘Deadwood’, ‘Storms’, ‘Dollar Matinee’ and ‘Ghost in the Music’, which they wrote together.
Lyle Lovett, who recorded Taylor's ‘Memphis Midnight/Memphis Morning’ and with whom Taylor co-wrote the immensely popular ‘Fat Babies’, compares Taylor's narrative voice to that of Bruce Springsteen.
Eric’s eighth album, ‘Live at the Red Shack’ features Lyle Lovett, Nanci Griffith, Denice Franke and others and has garnered universal glowing reviews amid rumours of a Grammy nomination.
A mesmerizing performer, Taylor has toured extensively in the United States and Europe. Festival appearances include Kerrville, Newport Folk Festival, Woody Guthrie Folk Festival, Take Root (The Netherlands), and Roots of Heaven Festival (The Netherlands).
‘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
‘He’s the real deal. Eric Taylor was one my heroes and teachers when I started playing around Houston in the early 1970s’. – Steve Earle