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ERIC TAYLOR Appearing Sunday Mar 22nd 2015 at 7:30pm

$12 in advance
$15 at the door

Unfortunately, Eric Taylor became sick over the weekend and has cancelled his performance 
Advance Ticket holders are advised to call 828-669-0816

"He's the real deal. Eric Taylor was one of my heroes and teachers when I started playing around Houston in the early 1970s.
– Steve Earle

"I'm always the opening act when I'm around Eric. I love his voice, and he has a great narrative quality and sense of detail. He sort of takes you out of your own reality and into the reality of his songs. It's good writing no matter how you cut it."    – Lyle Lovett

"I became an instant convert after listening to Taylor’s tales about knife-throwers, circus performers, train crashes, whooping cranes, midgets, Hollywood washouts, Beat literature icon Dean Moriarty and people who’ve been knocked around by life. Taylor’s wistful songs are really just perfectly condensed short stories set to music. The man is a true master."    – Mark Hinson, Tallahassee Democrat 

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.

"Eric Taylor is one of the few artists I've ever seen with a greatness that wreathes about him as he takes the stage, no matter what size the venue. An audience instinctively knows to shut up and pay attention. This is a man who takes the art of songwriting – and the art of performance – seriously. And, at the end of the set, the audience will have been transported some place and back again. 
Eric taylor doesn't just make you feel the sun and taste the dust of Texas, he takes you places and puts you inside people's minds. From prison inmates trying to fathom the jumble of their lives to little kids watching their family implode, Eric Taylor makes it real. 
Aspiring – and accomplished – songwriters leave Eric Taylor shows shaking their heads with awe. And well they should." 
Charlie Hunter, Flying Under Radar Productions

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