Date(s) - 27/09/2017
8:15 pm - 10:30 pm
Zion Community Arts Space
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, Steve Earle 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 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
Taylor learned 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 Nanci Griffith. “There were no lines drawn in the sand between musical genres in Houston back in those days,” Taylor remembers. “You were just a musician. I believe so many great writers came out of that scene because you could learn from others. Isn’t that the point of this whole thing?”
A self confessed Socialist, left winger and proud of it, 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 “Mountain Stage” and BBC Radio
A mesmerizing performer whose shows will leave you wanting more and his tributes from others don’t come much better than these;
“He’s the real deal. He was one of my heroes and teachers when I was starting playing around Houston in the early 70’s” Steve Earle
“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. Its good writing no matter how you cut it.” Lyle Lovett
“If you miss an opportunity to hear Eric Taylor in concert, you have missed a chance to hear a voice I consider the William Faulkner of songwriting in our current time, and you will miss the rare opportunity to watch the hands of one of America’s most unusual guitarists, with lyrics that will nail your ear and mind. For me to say that Eric Taylor is one of the finest writers of our time is an understatement.” Nanci Griffith
“A very gifted songwriter. It was a high point for me performing “Strong Enough For Two” with Eric at the Newport Folk Festival. Hope to work more with him. ” Joan Baez
In 2016, The American National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced Eric Taylor has been nominated for an Emmy for Music Composition for songs written for the Storyworks.TV documentary Road Kid to Writer: ‘The Tracks of Jim Tully’
There are some older videos on the website to sample and you can hear 10 minutes of last year’s performance recorded by BristolRon on the following link, but watch it all in one go, as he segues two songs together & gives some banter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfHAmnbjfx4
For this year’s performance at Zion Arts I’m going to try and get everyone super-close-up for this soft spoken lyrical genius, make a date!