“Taylor has a way of seeing the hazy light inside a barroom and writing songs that make that darkness come alive.” ~ Bill Bentley The Morton Report

 

Lynn Taylor was raised in east Tennessee and Louisiana. The son of a preacher, Taylor first got interested in songwriting when a Sunday school teacher gave him an old beater guitar and a stack of dusty Dylan records. John Prine, Neil Young, Guy Clark, the Bad Livers and the vagabond Michael Hurley also were an influence.

Taylor moved to Nashville in the mid nineties and formed the ragtag string band Felix Wiley. The group recorded two albums and played around the mid-South, opening for Todd Snider, BR5-49, the Derailers, The Drive-By Truckers,John Hartford and Ralph Stanley along the way. A landscaper by trade, Taylor quit the band in the early 2000s, started a family and took a hiatus from music for several years.

In 2009, at the encouragement of a friend, Taylor started playing out locally in Nashville again, teaming up with his old buddies Sergio Webb, Thomm Jutz , Jim Gray (of the WPA Ballclub) and several other great local artists. When it came time to record an album, he turned to another old friend, Paul Burch.

The album “Barfly” was recorded live at Paul’s Pan American Sound studio in 2011. The songs were recorded on an 8-track machine on 1” tape and there’s tons of bleed. You can really hear the room. Some of the songs had never been heard by the musicians before recording, but were caught in the first or second take. “Barfly” will be released on May 22, 2012.

Listen to Lynn Taylor and Sergio Webb Tennessean Music Podcast with Kevin Walters

The “BarFly” cover art was painted by Mark Cherry.  His artwork can be seen HERE!