“George Taylor brings us a set of hard-drinkin’ and hard-lovin’ good (and bad) times with the release of “Rain Or Shine.” He takes a touch of twang and mixes it with the ghosts of the Mississippi Delta for a delicious shot of his unique brand of ‘shine!!”
“...Rain or Shine (sounds) as if born of Jimmie Rodgers if he had been born and raised in the Delta Leland rather than the interior Meridian... this is some of the most honest and genuine country music to emerge independently in some time... Taylor, a multi-instrumentalist, populates this project with ten compositions so organic and tactile they are like listening to whiskey with a sandpaper texture (if one could do that). He favors over-driven harmonicas and sinewy slide instruments like dobros and lap-steel guitars recorded analog for that "warm" sound. Pieces like "Only Blue" illustrate exactly how close Jimmie Rodgers (and Hank Williams, for that matter) was stylistically to the Delta. The sheer power of "Breakin' in Boots" with its rock harmonic structure, make this music as old as the last century and as immediate as right now...Rain or Shine is as murky and low-fi as Exile on Mainstreet (Rolling Stone, 1972) and more vital than two-thirds of the Alt-Americana being produced today”
“If there's justice in this world, George Taylor will become a household name as a singular bluesman... Taylor has a playfulness in his lyrics and a clarity of purpose that reminds me of a young Roger Clyne... These songs are honest and to the point and feature some badass blues licks. They could've been written in the 1930s or 30 days ago. You'd better get in on the ground floor here because if Taylor's next albums are like Rain or Shine, you'll have a hard time getting to see him live.”
“The Hard Way has a strong sip of country western and a sober chaser. With a waltz like pace with a clarity that is lacking in most of the music that I typically hear...Only Blue is classic country with Douglas on steel guitar and Taylor adding some real nice harp over heartfelt vocals. Breakin' In Boots has some of the grittiest guitar work on the release and an almost rock style cushioned by Cody Ground on keys. One of the top tracks on the release. Harvest Moon has a strong root in the blues with a solid foot stomp, vocal and harp melody and greasy slide dobro work. Very nice. A haunting melody amplified by cool reverb saturated guitar and windy steel guitar make The Rain one of my favorites on the release. Excellent. Wrapping the release is Seat With Your Name, an edgy ballad with a country honesty and an almost Neil Young feel is a really nice track. Simple keys, vocals and acoustic guitar give this track a somber sound and the harp just rides on top like a cloud. Very nice.”
“a singer/songwriter of the highest order… A great storyteller, George sings from experience. In my book, in many respects, that makes him a hero... Reminiscent of Woody Guthrie and others in that respect, there is a lot to be said for the brutal honesty in his music. A beautiful blend of country, blues R&B and soul... This is one of the finest pieces of Americana I’ve heard in some time…the minstrel of old Taylor and company tell it like it is. While his name may never become a household word, he touches more hearts than most. We have all been there at one time or another, all been kicked when we were down and all experienced similar joy as well as pain. This is music for the common man and it strikes a chord in all who fall within earshot. Rain or Shine opened old wounds but it also brought back times of great joy... Taylor and the guys play what they feel. The result is passionate, powerful and, to be honest, a lot of fun any way you slice it... a slice of pure, raw Americana”
“GEORGE TAYLOR/Rain or Shine: Roots/Americana seems to be mutating a gene that opens the door to a new kind of white boy blues that isn't country, isn't blues, isn't anything you can quite put your finger on other than the blues are running through it. Taylor is one of the pilots of this new strain. A smashing singer/songwriter with a case of contemporary, white man's blues born in a nu down scale America, I guess Taylor could easily emerge as the new voice of the working man. Wild stuff that takes you for an unexpected ride down a new cut road, Taylor is on to something groundbreaking and enthralling here. You can't put your finger on why but is a stone cold winner throughout.”
“... the man practically oozes music; country-western is his métier and calling card, but there’s something even more compelling in his forays into folk, and the blues. On Rain or Shine he explores the blues with a greater conviction than on TroubleTown; “Railroad Song” is the song I keep coming back to, with its thick fog of harmonica skronk, pedal steel, and kinked guitar filigrees. Everything about the instrumental performances feels simultaneously freewheeling and congested, as though impulses were acting at cross-purposes to produce an accidental frisson: a manifestation of the imaginary of the American train vs. the actual noise and complication of the machine. Taylor’s in fine, pleading voice as well, singing the pain of a widened distance between yearning hearts and maybe, just maybe, envying trains their abandon, their wanderlust and their journeys.”
"After experiencing wave after wave of mushy pop music that came out of the same mold, it is refreshing to hear a complete album of Americana that is full of great stories and distinct music. That is exactly what George Taylor delivers with his sophomore disc, Rain or Shine..."
“(*translated w/google translate)...With the mighty boogie groover "Good Night", harmonica and a great voice that has such a typical country timbre, he pulls the blues affine trailer on its side... In contrast, mature ears is "What Am I Gonna Say?". Here the protagonist is completely immersed in a sentimental yearning singer / songwriter mentality. George Taylor accompanied his now with a different mood provided vocals exclusively on acoustic guitar... "The Rain" is announced. Timeless hover the plaintive background sounds towards the horizon and again the artist shows thoughtfully. In writing ballads of very different persuasions he is a master. The dreamy ambience is broken in a single phase by a damn distorted electric guitar. This change of mood is perfect. The artist can also score with his lyrics... The vocal heights reached in "Seat With Your Name" are simultaneously impressive and convincing.”
“...the blue trips sound surprisingly convincing. Behind the menacing, driven slide work, 'Harvest Moon' would you rather suspect an old black bluesman. 'The Rain' is a fragile ballad and Taylor leaves the listener eventually orphaned by 'Seat With Your Name, "a hushed, soaked in nostalgia, looking back to times gone by.”
"The hard way, bathed in the pure country. The voice is serious. Pedal steel Justin Douglas sparkles and is the vital link for such a ballad performed in the Wild West. Superb!.."
“ This Americana singer has gritty vocals that pour honest lyrics over down-home, country-blues notes, amid harmonica and finger-plucked guitar. ”
"Touted as a "Blues musician," and, while he does play the blues, he is not defined by them. Traditional country & western, folk, and Roy Orbison inform his music as much as Muddy Waters and Robert Johnson..."
“A little bit J. Mascis and a little bit “Travelin’ Man,” elements one doesn’t expect to find in East Coast Country. There’s a lilt in Taylor’s voice in the chorus that hints at a yodel as much as a lump in his throat. Some might call this deception; I’d call it art.”
“Goochland native George Taylor gives us heartbreak and some hope in his debut album, TroubleTown, recorded at Sound of Music Studio and released in March. His voice has a bit of Tom Petty in it (especially in the song for which the CD is named), while the chords of a B3 organ and whine of a harmonica in "Raining & Cold" evoke the blues. You can listen to a stream or buy the album at georgetaylormusic.com.”
“ ..TroubleTown is a journey through lost love and lost times to helping hands and hopeful hearts. Most of the songs are secular and very well done (if a bit less acoustic and organic), yet I am drawn to his one faith-based song, entitled Better Than Time. With it's gently upbeat tempo, this folk-styled acoustic song draws us in with simple, clear, guitar strums, a great melody and universal lyrics. Taylor's solid vocals mark the spot; resonant and warm, but strong enough to be compelling. At first, Better Than Time comes across as a love song, as good as any here on the blog. It's not until halfway through the song that Taylor's subject is revealed. This isn't preaching, it's simply a wonderful song about honest emotions that belongs in my collection, and hopefully yours, too. Call it Folk Certified.”