George Taylor, Goochland Virginia native, is a storyteller at heart. The inspiration 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 with a bluesy guitar and harmonica Americana soundtrack. The final product is as honest and real as music comes. That is not an 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 first album, TroubleTown, Taylor made a trip to the Delta (birthplace of the blues) where his song “Raining & Cold” was featured on the historic blues radio show “King Biscuit Time” along with an interview from Sonny Payne! Then he hit the road to Texas. In just two years since moving to Austin, Taylor has established himself as a must see performer with residencies in the area. He’s played with the late Gene Kurtz (writer/bassist “Treat Her Right” the Roy Head hit-1965), wowed SXSW crowds and opened for Dale Watson, a Texas country legend!
Taylor is diligent in his 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. These tracks will be included on his Rain or Shine album slated for release in 2013. For Taylor the road goes on as he continues to build a collection of new fans, stories and songs along his way.