Gene Taylor (pianist)
July 2, 1952|
Big Joe Turner|
James Harman Band
Downchild Blues Band
The Fabulous Thunderbirds
He began his musical training as a drummer at age eight but two years later he had picked up both the guitar and his initial piano skills from boogie-woogie pianist-neighbours. Around the age of 16 he began working with some of the big names in the West Coast blues scene including Big Joe Turner and T-Bone Walker. In the mid-seventies he joined the James Harman Band and had a stint as pianist for boogie group Canned Heat between November 1974 and May 1976. From 1981 to 1984 he toured with The Blasters, and in 1986 finally recorded his first solo album, Handmade. His The Return of the Formerly Brothers, recorded with Amos Garrett and Doug Sahm in 1987, won a Juno Award the following year for Best Roots & Traditional Album.
From 1993 to 2007, Taylor played with The Fabulous Thunderbirds amongst various other projects. He recorded an eponymous second solo album for Pacific Blues in 2003 partly accompanied by James Harman and Bill Bateman. This album included a version of "Pinetop's Boogie Woogie".
Since 2007, he has been based in Belgium, playing and recording with Fried Bourbon, CC Jerome's Jet Setters, Dave Alvin and Jo' Buddy. Currently he is touring as the Gene Tayler Trio, with drummer Nico Vanhove, and the guitarist Bart De Mulder. He played at the Brussels Boogie-Woogie Festival of 2012, which took place at the Théâtre St Michel on November 24.
Discography (selection since 1981)
- 2013: Roadhouse Memories (solo)
- 2010: Let Me Ride In Your Automobile (with CC Jerome's Jetsetters)
- 2009: Introducing... (with CC Jerome's Jetsetters)
- 2008: 605 Boogie! (Gene Taylor Blues Band featuring Dave Alvin) (live)
- 2007: James Harman's Bamboo Porch (with James Harman)
- 2007: Hell Can Wait (with Carlos Guitarlos)
- 2007: Boogie Blend Blues (with Fried Bourbon)
- 2005: Painted On (with The Fabulous Thunderbirds)
- 2005: Live (with The Fabulous Thunderbirds)
- 2004: Come On In (with The Downchild Blues Band), winner at the 2005 Maple Blues Awards
- 2003: Lonesome Moon Trance (with James Harman)
- 2003: Going Home (live, with The Blasters)
- 2003: Gene Taylor (solo)
- 2002: Trouble Bound (live, with The Blasters)
- 2002: Testament (with The Blasters)
- 2002: Bogart's Bounce (with JW-Jones)
- 2002: If I Had A Genie (with Junior Watson), Taylor plays on all but four tracks
- 2000: Mo Na'kins, Please! (with James Harman)
- 1999: Kid Ramos (with Kid Ramos)
- 1998: Takin' Chances (with James Harman)
- 1996: Icepick's Story (with James Harman)
- 1995: That's Life (with Kim Wilson)
- 1995: Roll Of The Dice (with The Fabulous Thunderbirds)
- 1995: In My Time (with Charlie Musselwhite)
- 1995: Black & White (with James Harman)
- 1994: Tiger Man (with Kim Wilson)
- 1994: Cards On The Table (with James Harman)
- 1993: Two Sides To Every Story (with James Harman)
- 1992: King-King (live, with The Red Devils)
- 1992: Bluesology (Pyramid Records compilation)
- 1991: Do Not Disturb (with James Harman)
- 1990: Live In Japan (as The Amos Garrett, Doug Sahm, Gene Taylor Band)
- 1990: Collection (with The Blasters)
- 1989: Gone Fishing (with The Downchild Blues Band)
- 1988: Extra Napkins (with James Harman)
- 1987: Those Dangerous Gentlemen (with James Harman)
- 1987: The Return Of The Formerly Brothers (The Amos Garrett, Doug Sahm, Gene Taylor Band)
- 1987: Pigus-Drunkus-Maximus (with Jimmy & the Rhythm Pigs)
- 1987: Nobody But You (with John Hammond)
- 1987: It's Been So Long (with The Downchild Blues Band)
- 1986: Handmade (solo)
- 1985: Hard Line (with The Blasters)
- 1983: Thank You Baby (with James Harman)
- 1983: Non-Fiction (with The Blasters)
- 1982: Over There (live, with The Blasters)
- 1981: This Band Just Won't Behave (with James Harman)
- 1981: The Blasters (with The Blasters)
- Video on YouTube[dead link]
- "Bio". James Harman. Retrieved 2013-03-16.
-  Archived April 2, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
-  Archived January 20, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
-  Archived November 9, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
- "Fried Bourbon | Gratis muziek, tourneedata, foto's, video's". Myspace.com. Retrieved 2013-03-16.
- "Gene Taylor - Let Me Ride In Your Automobile". YouTube. 2010-08-24. Retrieved 2013-03-16.
- "Featured : Rhapsody". Blog.napster.com. Retrieved 2013-03-16.[permanent dead link]
- "Recordings". Ccjeromesjetsetters.com. Archived from the original on 2012-02-24. Retrieved 2013-03-16.
- "Junior Watson - If I Had A Genie CD Album". Cduniverse.com. 2003-06-06. Retrieved 2013-03-16.