Eric Taylor (musician)
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Taylor performing in Wexford, Ireland Photo: Sean Rowe
|Birth name||Eric Taylor|
25 September 1949|
Atlanta, Georgia United States
Blue Ruby Records|
Eric Taylor is an American singer-songwriter from Texas. He is known for his storytelling style, combining spoken word with anecdotal songs to create a theater-style performance. In addition to Taylor's nine solo releases, his songs have been recorded by Nanci Griffith, Lyle Lovett and many others.
Taylor tours extensively in the United States and Europe, playing notable venues such as Club Passim, The Bottom Line, Caffe Lena, The Bluebird Cafe, Red Clay Theatre, Bridger Folk, The Ark, CSPS, Freight & Salvage, Paradiso (Amsterdam), Theatre Kikker (Utrecht), Berlin Guitars (Berlin), The Real Music Club (Belfast), DC Music Club (Dublin), Hotel du Nord (Paris) and The Bein Inn (Perth). Festival appearances include Kerrville, Newport Folk Festival, Glasgow Americana Festival (Scotland), Woody Guthrie Folk Festival, 1st Americana Fest (Austria), Take Root (The Netherlands), and Roots of Heaven Festival (The Netherlands). He has taught at the Kerrville Song School, and conducts songwriting workshops throughout the United States and in Europe.
In 2009, Lovett released his second cover album, Natural Forces, and once again included a Taylor song. This time it was "Whooping Crane," from Taylor's 1995 self-titled album. Lovett's 2012 "Release Me" CD also has one of Taylor's songs "Understand You."
Taylor's most recent release was Studio 10 in 2013, which was recorded at the Red Shack Studio in Houston and features nine original songs and a cover of Tim Grimm's "Cover These Bones." In 2016 Taylor has been nominated for an Emmy for Musical Composition for songs he wrote for the Storyworks.TV documentary "Road Kid to Writer: The Tracks of Jim Tully."
- Through The Dark Nightly (1976) - [Fair Retail Records, compilation with other Houston songwriters: Bill Cade, Stephen Jarrard, Lynn Langman, Don Sanders]
- Shameless Love (1981, Featherbed; reissued 2004, Blue Ruby Music)
- Eric Taylor (1995, Watermelon)
- Resurrect (1998, E1 Music)
- Scuffletown (2001, Eminent Records)
- The Kerrville Tapes (2003, Silverwolf)
- The Great Divide (2005, Blue Ruby Music)
- Hollywood Pocketknife (2007, Blue Ruby Music)
- Live at the Red Shack (2011, Blue Ruby Music)
- Studio 10 (2013, Blue Ruby Music)