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.
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.
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.