Eric Taylor

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Singer/songwriter Eric Taylor is best known for the coterie of musicians who have performed his compositions -- including ex-wife Nanci Griffith, Lyle Lovett, and June Tabor. Although a Georgia native, he landed in Texas in the early '70s. His influences, which range from the folkie Townes Van Zandt to the distinct blues of Lightnin' Hopkins, informed much of the often tragic lifestyles and figures in his vignettes. Although considered a central figure in the hugely successful Houston folk music scene of the 1980s, Taylor's criminally underrated debut effort Shameless Love 1981 did little to boost the artist's career. Although he performed live, it would be almost a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Singer/songwriter Eric Taylor is best known for the coterie of musicians who have performed his compositions -- including ex-wife Nanci Griffith, Lyle Lovett, and June Tabor. Although a Georgia native, he landed in Texas in the early '70s. His influences, which range from the folkie Townes Van Zandt to the distinct blues of Lightnin' Hopkins, informed much of the often tragic lifestyles and figures in his vignettes. Although considered a central figure in the hugely successful Houston folk music scene of the 1980s, Taylor's criminally underrated debut effort Shameless Love 1981 did little to boost the artist's career. Although he performed live, it would be almost a decade and a half before he would issue this 1995 eponymously titled follow-up. While there is not a dud among the dozen sides on Eric Taylor 1995, several stand out as minor masterpieces. At the head of the list is arguably the best-known track, "Deadwood" -- which Griffith issued as "Deadwood, South Dakota" on her One Fair Summer Evening 1988 album. The nod to Beat Generation avatar Neal Cassidy on "Dean Moriarty" sets the tone with intricate acoustic instrumentation surrounding the honest and straightforward verse. This is, in essence, what separates Taylor from the likes of John Prine. Although both bring realistic interpretations of lives lived and lost to their craft, the simplicity in Taylor's imagery is beautiful in its unadorned starkness. This is even true of the mod-tempo "Hey Little Ryder." The brisk "Shoeshine Boy" is perhaps the lone exception, however, as it is recalls a well-worn slice of life. However, with lines such as "I even got a wife/See this scar?," the characters remain tethered to Taylor's undeniable and unmistakable reality.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/22/1995
  • Label: Watermelon
  • UPC: 715971104021
  • Catalog Number: 1040

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Dean Moriarty (6:23)
  2. 2 Prison Movie (4:44)
  3. 3 Hey Little Ryder (3:31)
  4. 4 Deadwood (4:50)
  5. 5 Mission Door (3:29)
  6. 6 Tractor Song (4:51)
  7. 7 Visitors From Indiana (3:56)
  8. 8 All So Much Like Me (3:36)
  9. 9 Whooping Crane (4:00)
  10. 10 Hemingway's Shotgun (3:45)
  11. 11 All Day Saturday (3:51)
  12. 12 Shoeshine Boy (2:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eric Taylor Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Lyle Lovett Vocals, Background Vocals
Kris McKay Vocals
Gene Elders Violin
James Gilmer Percussion
John Hagen Cello
Mark Hallman Background Vocals
Bradley Kopp Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Chris Maresh Bass
Ian Matthews Vocals, Background Vocals
Robert McEntee Slide Guitar
Michael Ramos Piano, Hammond Organ
Ted Roddy Harmonica
Glenn Fukunaga Bass
Rafael Gayol Percussion, Drums
Denice Franke Vocals, Background Vocals
Elias Haslanger Saxophone
Technical Credits
Mark Hallman Producer, Engineer
Ian Matthews Producer
Terri de Loach Contributor
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