With a thumping thumb, dancing fingers, deep gritty soul stirring vocals & poetic blue collar lyrics; Taylor's songs ooze American roots. His voice has been compared to Tom Waites, Bruce Springstien, Chris Smither, Bob Dylan & Eddie Vedder. His original songs draw from country blues, rockabilly, folk, rock, reggae & country, & his lyrics are colored by the experiences of his own working class wandering roots. He's been an oysterman, carpenter, hitchhiker, homeowner, father & 'Thru-hiker' (Appalachian Trail '96, Long Trail '97, & John Muir Trail '06 having spent over a year of his life living in the mountains).
Taylor's 3rd CD release, "Home," debuted at #33 on the folk charts and had a #4 song on Acoustic Pie Radio on Live365.com. He's played the songs from home at venues from the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, TN to the CT Folk festival in New Haven, CT.
His cover repertoire is rich in obscure, but recognizable songs, that he has a nack for making his own. Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Mississippi John Hurt, the Grateful Dead, the Beatles, Bob Marley, Tom Waites, Steve Earl, Keb' Mo', Lyle lovett, Chris Smither & more...
"[Taylor] has a wonderfully damaged voice — a sort of Tom Waits ‘I gargle cinder blocks in the morning’ growl, but less of a put-on than Waits' bark. His lyrics dabble in a wonderful gritty naturalism that's uncommon around here… check him out.”
“Shawn Taylor is a Poet of Decay” - Dan Barry
Tuesday, January 27, 2009