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Hollow Man December review feature by Bill Bentley of the Morton Report


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Lynn Taylor and the BarFlies, Hollow Man. Drinking can be a rocky road when the tables get turned and what once was so much fun turns into a dead-end run. Lynn Taylor has a way of writing about that two-edged razor and the walk to the other side. The opening song, “Supposed to Be,” captures the aching heartache of a couple caught in the headlights of scuffling sobriety and how it works and doesn’t work. His lyrics have a way of jangling the soul: “I hadn’t seen her in a real long while/I called her up just to hear her smile…” Right. Taylor’s voice goes to what that life is all about, never blinking or asking for favors. But he also never pulls the parachute to escape the living and the loving that fuels us all. Recorded over two days, there won’t be any more direct music released this year. Sometimes things might veer a little close to the edge, but that’s the price that must be paid for honesty. “Don’t take my devils away/They keep my angels company,” Taylor sings. True that.



This just in! A review of Hollow Man on The Alternate Root…

Lynn Taylor and the Barflies  (from the album Hollow Man on Lamon Records) – The Barflies gather around Lynn Taylor like he was a favorite watering hole. After a musical hiatus to raise a family, Lynn returned to songwriting and performing in 2009 and began playing out with cohorts Sergio Webb, Thom Jutz, and Jim Gray as The Barflies. Lynn Taylor stands in the middle of fifteen-person circle of The Barflies, and interchangeable Indie Folk and Roots collective. Hollow Man, his most recent release, offers admissions and confessions on the title track where Lynn Taylor makes room for both his angels and devils to board the bus. A solid shuffle stomp helps “All Part of Love” trudge onto Hollow Man while “Champagne and Ice Cream” pops the cork for a night of sweetness by the riverside as firmly plucked notes support the vocal growl looking for freedom in “Stop Knockin’”. Lynn Taylor and the Barflies ramble and rumble through Hollow Man, swaying side to side out a musical background that bounces (“Gonna Be with You”), swoons (“Supposed to Be”), and perks up your day with simple advice (“Get Your Smile On”).

The Barflies tightened up with a Sunday residency at Nashville’s The Silo, bringing the same line-up to Hollow Man with Sergio Webb (dobro), Jennifer Halenar (fiddle), Will Logsdon (mandolin), and Parker Hawkins (upright bass). The album shows its heart tenderly as Lynn Taylor is backed with band vocals cresting like waves on “Simple Love”, and dueting with male and female love scene heading back to opening day with “Paint Me a Picture”.

Listen and buy the music of Lynn Taylor and the Barflies from Lamon Records , iTunes or cdbaby

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Lynn Taylor – BarFly | Music News Nashville by Chuck Dauphin
As a member of the string band Felix Wiley, Lynn Taylor developed a reputation as a vocalist and a performer. He left the band about a decade ago to start a family, but once something gets in your blood, it’s hard to flush it out. So, about three years ago, he started playing live around Nashville again. The results were so overwhelming that he started work on a new album – which was recorded at Paul Burch’s Pan American studio last year.

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Lynn Taylor: BarFly | M Music Mag
About a decade ago, Taylor quit the band Felix Wiley to focus on his family and landscaping business. By 2009, he’d started writing and performing again, and it’s fortunate he did. His solo debut is steeped in early rock ’n’ roll, R&B and mostly shuffling, summery country. Taylor is older and wiser, prone to singing sweet and insightful songs about his wife (“Stay With Me”) and kids (“Decatur Street”), but he’s not above getting trashed and passing out on the floor (“Once Again”). His voice—in terms of songwriting and singing—is at once warm and edgy, suggesting that while this Southern preacher’s son has planted some roots, he’s never quite settled down.

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BarFly by Lynn Taylor (Good Dirt Records) | No Depression by Grant Britt
“There’s something about Lynn Taylor’s voice that gets right under your skin. But it’s an infestation you’ll welcome if you’re a fan of real country music. Taylor’s vocals recall Wayne the Train Hancock, with a touch of John Prine. And if you mention Hancock, you need to include Hank Sr, whose ghost is floating above Taylor as well, dropping down into Taylors vocals intermittently with a twangy sigh.”

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CRITICS’ PICKS: Lynn Taylor Album Release at Family Wash | Nashville Scene by Jewly Hight
Lynn Taylor has one of those distinctly Nashville stories. Guy comes to town to see what he can get going with his band (in this case, a string band called Felix Wiley). Before stardom is achieved, guy gets distracted by a more lucrative career (here, we’re talking the landscaping business). Through it all, guy remains friends with musicians around town — bad influences that we know they can be — and eventually gets the urge to give the old singing and songwriting thing another go himself. That’s pretty much how Lynn wound up making his new solo album BarFly, produced with swinging roots-country genius Paul Burch. While you can tell that Lynn’s performances aren’t quite second nature, he’s surrounded himself with just the right crew — besides Burch, Jen Gunderman, Sergio Webb and Thomm Jutz are on board — to get his amiably Southern and image-rich songs shuffling, jumping and jiving.