eorge Taylor, Goochland Virginia native, is a storyteller at heart. The inspirations of his southern roots help him craft stories about common people, raw emotions and the reality of the world around him. But instead of a written manuscript, Taylor tells his stories through an Americana soundtrack laced with a bluesy guitar and harmonica. The final product is as honest and real as music comes- no easy job in a world where the musical tug of war between artistic and commercial rages on. Taylor is an artist who remains true to his musical voice.
“I took my swing at a traditional life, getting a marketing degree from East Tennessee State University,” he notes. “But more importantly that is where I discovered Americana, bluegrass and great acoustic singer-songwriters. I saw music’s ability to transcend itself. I began to admire the way songs move beyond understanding and into and through the hearts of listeners. That’s where this love affair and journey all began for me.”
After releasing his debut album, TroubleTown, that musical journey led him to the Delta searching for the heart of the blues, the genre that had taken a stranglehold on him. Serendipitously, while touring Helena, Arkansas, he found himself at a live broadcast of the historic blues radio show “King Biscuit Time.” The legendary DJ Sonny Payne, upon receiving and reviewing a copy of TroubleTown, invited Taylor to do an on air interview and featured “Raining & Cold” on the show! Then he hit the road to Austin, Texas, the “live music capital of the world.” In the three years he spent in Austin, Taylor established himself as a must see performer with residencies in the area. He has opened for Dale Watson, a Texas country legend, played with the late Gene Kurtz (writer/bassist “Treat Her Right” the Roy Head hit-1965) and wowed SXSW crowds. In summer 2013 he returned home to Richmond, VA where he has shared the stage with Charles Bradley and is leaving audiences in awe along with his top notch band at shows in the region.
Taylor is diligent in pursuit of mastering his craft as a writer, performer and musician. 2012 saw the release of Rain or Shine, a demo recorded at Shine Studios, Austin. He followed this by releasing the fan favorite music video “Harvest Moon.” These tracks will be included on his highly anticipated Rain or Shine album slated for release April 22, 2014! This record will be available in Vinyl, CD, and mp3 formats. For Taylor the road goes on as he continues to build a collection of new fans, stories and songs along his way.