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Nashville, TN - It’s often part of human nature that after taking a long break from something, you come back to it energized and with renewed passion. Such is the case with Nashville-based Americana artist Lynn Taylor, formerly of the ragtag string band Felix Wiley. Taylor left the band about a decade ago to start a family and to devote time and energy to his landscaping business.
But the musical bug bit again Taylor in 2009, and after he began playing out again locally, he teamed up with his old buddies Sergio Webb, Thomm Jutz, Jim Gray and several other prominent local artists. When it came time to record an album, he turned to another old friend, Paul Burch. The result is the album, Barfly, which was recorded mostly live at Paul’s Pan American studio in 2011.
“The songs were recorded on an 8-track machine on 1-inch tape and there’s tons of bleed,” said Taylor. “Most of the songs were caught in the first or second take, even the one that had never been heard by the musicians before that evening in the studio. We also wanted to record this album in an environment where you could hear the space. I think we captured these tunes the way they were intended to be heard."
That “live” sound is something that was important to Taylor, and that raw charm is captured on Barfly, which is set for release with a street date of May 22, and a CD release party May 18 at The Family Wash in East Nashville. "I got together with some good friends, who also happen to be great musicians,” said Taylor. “And we made a record I'm really proud of.”
Raised in east Tennessee and Louisiana, the son of a preacher, Lynn Taylor first became interested in songwriting when a Sunday school teacher gave him an old beater guitar and a stack of dusty Bob Dylan records. John Prine, Neil Young, Guy Clark, The Bad Livers and the vagabond Michael Hurley all influenced Taylor in his formative years. He moved to Nashville in the mid-nineties and formed Felix Wiley. The group recorded a couple of albums and played in Nashville and the mid-South for several years, opening for Todd Snider, BR5-49, Drive-By Truckers, The Derailers, John Hartford and Ralph Stanley along the way.