Charlotte Taylor and Gypsy Rain

Charlotte Taylor and Gypsy Rain

 Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
BandBluesSoul

Soulful, funky, original blues band from Little Rock, Arkansas fronted by powerhouse vocalist Charlotte Taylor. Performed on the Main Stage at the 2006, 2007, 2008 Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival, opened for John Lee Hooker Jr., Michael Burks, Buckwheat Zydeco, Duwayne Burnside and More!

Biography

Charlotte Taylor and Gypsy Rain
Blues performer and singer-songwriter Charlotte Taylor fronts this dynamic original blues band from Little Rock, Arkansas.
Performing since an early age, Taylor sings a wide range of styles including blues, soul, jazz, rock and country. Singing on stage since age 16, Charlotte is a singer's singer, and was influenced by all the great female vocalists like, Billie Holliday, Aretha Franklin, and Janis Joplin, but also the blues rock band frontmen, Robert Plant and Stephen Tyler. Getting hooked deeply on the blues, Charlotte formed the blues band "Project Blue" in 1995 which opened for Blue Oyster Cult and Nazareth at the Arkansas Jam before landing a recording contract in Memphis with the famed Hi Records. Recording her first CD entitled "Taylor and Martinez" with George Martinez on guitar, "Taylor and Martinez" were the first new act on Hi Records in 25 years. The CD features 10 original songs written by the duo. Taylor's vocal style and performance have been compared to Ann Wilson of Heart, blues legend Etta James, and even pop blues singer Maria Maldaur. A songwriter at heart, Charlotte enjoys writing and performing her own songs, and also works as an acoustic duo with Matthew Stone.
After several changes in the line-up of Charlotte Taylor and Gypsy Rain, the band has continued to perform on a regular basis.
CTGR have had many great shows since their beginning in 2003, playing the Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival (King Biscuit Blues Festival) several times, Blues Eureka, The Spa City Bluesfest and the Riverwalk Blues Fest in Ft. Lauderdale. In clubs in Memphis on Beale St. like B.B. King's, The Rum Boogie, and Blues Hall and in Little Rock at Juanita's, Sticky Fingerz, Cajun's Wharf and more.
CT&GR have opened for blues legends Guitar Shorty, The Holmes Brothers, Buckwheat Zydeco, Malford Milligan, John Lee Hooker Jr., Duwayne Burnside, and Arkansas great, Michael Burks.
With a show that includes tunes that range from hardcore blues and rock, to sweet jazzy numbers, and some singer-songwriter americana styles, to some jam band vibe dance songs, Charlotte Taylor and Gypsy Rain promise an intense and real good time!
Gypsy Rain features great players such as skillfull and hard-hitting drummer John Roach. A 30+ year veteran of the Arkansas music scene. "John has real soul" says Taylor, "and great dynamics", "He plays with a lot of feeling, totally getting into the groove". John's influences include John Bonham and Buddy Rich.
On lead and Rhythm guitar is Matthew Stone.
Way beyond his years in ability, Matthew is an awesome musician with talents in all genres including blues, soul and jazz. Matt plays with a lot of passion combined with knowledge that is great to see and hear. Whether playing his Gibson 335, a Telecaster, or somtimes a lap steel, mandolin or banjo, Matthew Stone is always burning it up on a stringed instrument.

Also playing guitar is Phil Link. Self-taught and inspired by such guitar legends as Jimi Hendrix and Carlos Santana, he began playing In Little Rock, AR during the early 70's with classic rock bands and then the hotel circuits Playing a variety of styles including rock, country, funk, and jazz. He then went on the road with a Florida based southern rock show band followed by moving to Baton Rouge, Louisiana only to be influenced even more by the delta blues and the cajun scene.
Returning to Little Rock, he performed top 40 and disco music where he was the guitarist for Jennifer Flowers and Linda Bailey.
With over 30 years of performing, Phil Link has developed his own tasteful style that is enjoyed by all who hears him play.

Joel Sorrels is the latest add to the group holding down the bass postion. Joel is a soulful player with a love of the blues and funk. He is also a talented vocalist and has been known to sing a few hot numbers.
John Wier trumpet has recieved many accolades in the jazz community for his outstanding mastery of the trumpet. Holding a masters degree in trumpet performance, John is always exciting and inspiring to be heard.

Discography

Taylor and Martinez Hi Records
Released May 2000
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Charlotte Taylor and Gypsy Rain
Live! in Little Rock EP
October 2004

March 2009 Live! in Argenta!

Set List

Originals

Comin On Strong
Ain't No Way
Wild For Your Love
I'm Not the One
Tell Me
88 Miles to Memphis
The Last Time
The Unclean
Try
Faith
Quit
Leave This Town
Wild Child
Dreamin'
Way Down Yonder
Candy
Pretty Pretty
Bb tang
Funky Thang

Covers

Sweet Home Chicago
Ramblin Blues
One Way Out
Heart Fixer
Stormy Monday
Mustang Sally
Chain of Fools
Love 24 Hrs
Killin' Floor
Hootchie Cootchie Woman
Don't Want No Man
Downhome Blues
Whisky Drinkin Man
Tilt-A-Whirl
Mercy Mercy
Sissy Strut
Angel From Montgomery
I Can't Stand the Rain
Let the Good Times Roll
Messin with the Kid
Shaky Ground
Superstition
Texas Flood
Voodoo Child
Woke Up This Morning
At Last
Honey Hush
Tore Down
Born Under A Bad Sign
Cross Cut Saw
Summertime
Give Me One Reason
I'll Take You There
Kansas City
Mercedes Benz
Aint No Sunshine
Drift Away
Cold Shot
Trill Is Gone
The Sky Is Crying
Red Rooster
Mojo
Your On Faul;t
Trouble In Mind
Next Time You See Me