Eric Taylor

Eric Taylor

 Weimar, Texas, USA
SoloAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

Songs interwoven with spoken word to mesmerizing effect."Eric Taylor writes from a place deep inside, and the images he creates get under your skin. They can take you places. What you do with what you might learn there is up to you . . . but I have no doubt you'll be richer for the experience." Larry Looney"Simply said, Eric Taylor is an American treasure." Arthur Wood, founding editor of Folkwax

Biography

NEW CD STUDIO 10

Recorded at the Red Shack Studio in Houston, STUDIO 10 brings to light 9 new songs penned by Eric Taylor and a cover of Tim Grimms Cover These Bones.

Musicians: Eric Taylor (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, electric bass), David Webb (keyboards), James Gilmer (percussion), Rock Romano (supporting vocals, electric bass), Susan Lindfors Taylor (supporting vocals)

Songs: Eric Taylors compassionate storytelling and song theater at their finest, painting an always colorful cast of characters making it through this world. Some songs are tributes to friends who have passed Bill (Bill Morrissey), Francestown (in a Dave-van-Ronk vein), String Of Pearls. Some songs from a womans perspective (Mollys Painted Pony, Adios). Two songs Tullys Titles and Tully to be featured in an upcoming documentary film about Jim Tully. And then there are Reno and Dark Corner Ice Water songs that showcase the intricate narrative quality and unique theater aspect of Erics writing that sets him apart. He is like no other.

Arranged by Eric Taylor
Produced by Eric Taylor & Susan Lindfors Taylor
Engineered by Rock Romano

ABOUT ERIC TAYLOR

People have been talking about Eric Taylor and his songs since the early 1970s, when he was an integral part of a Houston songwriting scene that included Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, and Guy Clark. Taylor is one of the most influential songwriters to ever come out of Texas. Over the years, as his reputation and song catalogue have grown, he has had a profound effect on the evolution and development of such well-known Texas artists as Nanci Griffith, Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keen, and others. "Eric Taylor was one of my heroes and teachers when I started playing around Houston in the early 1970s," says Earle. "He's the real deal."

Taylor released his first album, the masterful Shameless Love, in 1981 and shortly thereafter decided to take an extended sabbatical from the music business. Over the years his songs would appear on albums by the likes of Griffith, Lovett, and June Tabor (from Steeleye Span).

It wasn't until 1995's Eric Taylor release that he reentered the music business full-time. Hailed by fans and critics alike as one of the finest albums of that year (it was voted Texas Album Of The Year at the Kerrville Music Awards), Eric Taylor pushed Taylor back into the mainstream folk and singer-songwriter limelight. He began to tour on a steady basis and in 1998 put out his third album, Resurrect, recently named one of the 100 essential records of all time by Texas magazine Buddy.

2001 brought forth Scuffletown, and following its release, he was a featured artist on Austin City Limits and NPRs Morning Edition. The Kerrville Tapes (2003) is Erics first live album, recorded during three years of appearances at the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival. In 2004, heeding repeated requests by fans and media, Eric re-mastered the vinyl Shameless Love and reissued it as a CD with 2 never-released-before bonus tracks.

In the spring of 2005, Taylor returned to Rock Romano's Red Shack in Houston to record his 5th studio album, The Great Divide. Garnering rave reviews at home and abroad, The Great Divide quickly reached #3 on the Euro Americana Chart and in 2006 was named one of the Top Releases Most Played by Folk Radio.

Hollywood Pocketknife is a 10-song collection (7 new songs, 3 surprising covers) that shows Taylor in his prime as a writer and performer, with his exquisite narrative style, his keen, studied observation of the human spirit, and his intricate, roots-driven guitar work. Produced by Taylor, Hollywood Pocketknife also features a stellar cast of musicians, including Eric Demmer (saxophone), David Webb (keyboard, Hammond organ), Mathias Schneider (lap steel), James Gilmer (percussion), Vince Bell (vocals), Steven Fromholz (vocals), and Susan Lindfors (vocals).

In early 2011 Taylor decided to bring together some of his oldest friends and favorite musicians for a live recording. So in May we recorded 2 nights live at The Red Shack studio in Houston, Texas. There was a film crew and live studio audience. Nanci Griffith flew in from Nashville to sing, Lyle Lovett came in to sing, Denice Franke and Susan Lindfors Taylor came in to sing, Marco Python Fecchio flew in from Milan, Italy to play electric guitar, and James Gilmer came in to play percussion. No headphones, no backline. We captured 2 magical nights of music and friendship and Houston history. It's a combination live record / retrospective record / celebration of friends.

A mesmerizing performer, Taylor has been a featured artist at many festivals, including Kerrville, Newport Folk Festival, Woody Guthrie Folk Festival and the Take Root Festival in Holland. He tours throughout the U.S. and Europe every year.

Lyrics

Storms

Written By: Eric Taylor

Storms

It’s quiet as a street lamp
Some kind of town
Whiskey go easy when the sun goes down
My best to the midnight now
God, look at the moon
There’s enough for two shadows
There’s only one in the room
There’s only one in the room

(chorus)
There’s a storm out on the water
Oh, bless the ships at sea
There’s a storm down in that woman’s heart
Oh, God bless me
I want to be blown by the wind of her breathin’
Shown by her lightnin’s flashin’
Never been afraid of the thunder
I wonder if she’ll rain on me
Will she rain on me?

Is loneliness contagious?
Another damn song about a waitress
It’s the only hotel here, and the engine’s gotta cool
I’m a bad hand at solitaire
Lie to yourself and no one cares
The wallpaper fades as the sun takes the moon
There oughta be two in this room

– chorus –

I want to be blown by the wind of her breathin’
Shown by her lightnin’s flashin’
Never been afraid of the thunder
I wonder if she’ll rain on me
Will she rain on me?

The Great Divide

Written By: Eric Taylor

The Great Divide

I got a horse named Corsicana
I got a dog named Moon
And I got a woman that calls me a fool
I got scars up and down my leg
I got a crooked smile
’Cause I got another woman that drives me wild
’Cause I got another woman that drives me wild

I got a Ford that won’t stop runnin’
I got a daddy but he’s dead
I got a woman that lives just to burn my bread
I got a house with two back doors
I got a rollaway bed
’Cause I got another woman rather treat me good instead
’Cause I got another woman rather treat me good instead

I got a sailboat down in the Yucatan
I got a coffee tree
I got a woman says she’s ashamed of me
I got a picture I took upon the Great Divide
I got a book of prayers
But I got another woman that’ll take me anywhere
I got another woman that’ll take me anywhere

I got a drum from the Belfast boys
I got a pack of ukelele strings
I got a woman just hates to hear me sing
I got tears from here to there
I got one good eye
And I got another woman just rocks me when I cry
Yeah, I got another woman just rocks me when I cry
I got another woman just rocks me when I cry

Shoes

Written By: Eric Taylor

Shoes

Something’s goin’ to happen today
I can feel it in my shoes
The old lace-up broke-down blacks
The ones I hardly ever use
Stacey Adams down on Dowling Street
These things used to fit my feet
They’re the ones that I got married in
Back when I got married

Something’s goin’ to happen today
I can feel it in my jacket
I lied and said a Paris tailor made it
But I bought it off the rack
Two-button blue pinstriped kind
Twenty-two years it’s mine
It’s the one I met Loretta in
Back when I met Loretta

Something’s goin’ to happen today
I can feel it in this tie
Hand painted silk Italian job
Same color as my eyes
Today it seems a little loose
It’s got a smell of gin or vermouth
It’s the one I did confession in
Back when I did confession

Something’s goin’ to happen today
I can feel it in these clothes
Layin’ up nice in a satin box
With the lid about to close
Well, I think I look alright
My shoes and my jacket and my tie
They’re the ones I’ll meet the devil in
When I meet the devil
They’re the ones I’ll meet the devil in
When I meet the devil

Something’s goin’ to happen today
I can feel it in my shoes
The old lace-up broke-down blacks
The ones I hardly ever use
Stacey Adams down on Dowling Street
These things used to fit my feet
They’re the ones that I got married in
Back when I got married

Matter of Degrees

Written By: Susan Lindfors

A Matter of Degrees
Susan Lindfors, Infinity Plus One Music/BMI

It’s just a matter of degrees
This thing we would call a war
It started as nothing more
Than a difference in tone
Now everybody’s choosing sides
They paint it black and paint it white
Call it a matter of pride
It’s just a matter of degrees

So call it what you please
What is water and what is wine
Both are made from sun and earth and vine
And yielded from a tiny seed
But when the wind blows cold
You drink the wine to ease your soul
But the water it just starts to freeze
It’s just a matter of degrees

(Bridge)
Who’s the fire, who feeds the flame?
What is reckless and what is tame?
Call it by some other name
It’s all the same, it’s all the same

And now you’re on your knees
You listen to a closing door
Footsteps fading on the floor
You said it’s not worth waiting for
And just when you had bared your mind
And pointed to the end of time
Well, you never made it past the rhyme
So now is like before

It’s all a matter of degrees
And he hits you like a hurricane
You thought it was a little rain
When it came down through the trees
So you turn toward your heart
To find the answer, find the start
Cause it doesn’t matter who you please
It’s all a matter of degrees

No, it doesn’t matter who you please
It’s just a matter of degrees

Hollywood Pocketknife

Written By: Eric Taylor

Hollywood Pocketknife

Well, I wish I had my pocketknife
And the hands that could
I’d make myself a different life
Carve it out of Hollywood
I’d have a drink down at that Chinese Theater
I’d footrace a young James Dean
I’d cut a new road up to Salinas
Take the wheel from Turnipseed

(bridge)
Diamonds on the road out to Coconut Grove
I can hear her laughin’
Roses from DiMaggio followed everywhere she goes
But I can hear her laughin’
I’ll take her down to Monterey and beg her not to cry

Remember Mitchum the madman preacher
I’ll teach him how to play the clarinet
I’ll teach him how to love that hatcheck girl
And then I’ll teach myself
I’ll learn more about girls from Chaplin
Barrymore will teach me how to sail
I’ll get my Shakespeare from Richard Burton
When he gets back from Wales

- bridge -

My horse will come in out at Hollywood Park
I’ll run the back nine up at Woodland Hills
Maybe stop by Marilyn’s house
Get her off those pills
I’ll take her out for dinner and dancin’
We’ll talk for hours on the telephone
And this trouble that she’s havin’ with these Kennedy boys
Will clear up on its own

Discography

Studio 10 (2013 Blue Ruby Records)
Eric Taylor And Friends, Live At The Red Shack (2011 Blue Ruby Records)
Hollywood Pocketknife (2007 Blue Ruby Records)
The Great Divide (2005 Blue Ruby Records)
Shameless Love (reissue CD, 2004 Blue Ruby Records)
Scuffletown (2001 Eminent)
Resurrect (1998 KOCH)
Eric Taylor (1995 Watermelon)
Shameless Love (vinyl, 1981 Featherbed)