Gene Watson's Peers within the country music industry believe in the sheer talent of this unassuming man from east Texas, so much so that Gene is regarded by many of them as 'the singer's singer' - and rightly so!
All of Gene Watson's Peers, who were contacted during 2013, were most gracious with their time and words.
It is here, within this special part of The Gene Watson Fan Site, that you have an opportunity to read a quote from Eric Taylor, which he submitted to this site on Friday 8 March 2013.
Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to Eric Taylor who made a special contribution to this unique part of this online 'celebration of a Lone Star Hero'.
This quote was submitted on Friday 8 March 2013.
'Gene Watson was carved out of God's jukebox.
And, he carved with one hand, while he was raising the needle on the hi-fi to get to the third song.
Thank you, and keep things going for Watson and his kind. Spin the world.
As Gene would say, 'it's all we've got, except for last night'.
Thank you, Eric Taylor, for your support of Gene Watson.
About Eric Taylor...
Eric Taylor is a sage musician, a lyrical genius and a master of the guitar. If you're familiar with the intricate Texas singer/songwriter jigsaw puzzle, you probably already know a lot about Eric Taylor.
If you're not familiar with Eric Taylor by name, you've probably heard his songs performed by people such as Nanci Griffith and Lyle Lovett. Eric has created a multitude of fans and devotees that are legends themselves in the singer/songwriter realm, artists who have long considered Eric Taylor to be a teacher and a lantern bearer whose time is long overdue.
Eric Taylor grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and started playing soul music in his early years, steeping himself in the rich cultural heritage of the black South. Eric has written poetry all his life and when he learned how to play guitar, it was a natural progression to write songs.
After high school, a brief stint at Georgetown University in Washington, DC in Eric Taylor's own words, 'just didn't work out'.
Music lured him away; he made his way to California, but ran out of money and ended up in Houston, Texas where the musical environment during the 1970s was just what Eric Taylor needed to inspire him.
Eric Taylor learned intricate blues guitar stylings from music legends Lightnin' Hopkins, Mance Lipscomb and Mississippi Fred McDowell while working at the Family Hand club. Later, he developed his own unique guitar picking style, that would be imitated by many of his contemporaries from the early Houston days, such as Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt (Tuesday 7 March 1944 - Wednesday 1 January 1997), Robert Earl Keen, Lyle Lovett, Steve Earle and Nanci Griffith.
As Eric Taylor recalls, 'There were no lines drawn in the sand between musical genres in Houston back in those days. You were just a musician. I believe so many great writers came out of that scene because you could learn from others. Isn't that the point of this whole thing?'
In 1977, Eric Taylor was a winner of the 'New Folk' competition at the Kerrville Folk Festival.
In December 1977 and January 1978, Nanci Griffith's debut album, 'There's A Light Beyond These Woods' (B.F. Deal Records, 1978), was recorded at Pecan Street Studios in Austin, Texas and included 'Dollar Matinee' (written by Eric Taylor), which featured Eric Taylor on lead vocal and acoustic guitar.
Nanci Griffith's debut album, 'There's A Light Beyond These Woods' (B.F. Deal Records, 1978) was subsequently released by Featherbed Records in 1982 and by Philo Records/Rounder Records in 1986.
In 1981, Eric Taylor saw the release of 'Shameless Love' (Featherbed Records, 1981), his first album, which included the following tracks, all of which were written by Eric Taylor:
'Game Of Hearts'
'Hey Little Ryder'
'East Texas Moon'
'Charlie Ray McWhite'
Eric Taylor's 'Shameless Love' (Featherbed Records, 1981) was re-issued by Blue Ruby Music (Eric Taylor's record label) in 2004 and included the bonus tracks 'Dollar Bill Hines' and 'Half Moon Hotel'.
Recording sessions for Eric Taylor's 'Shameless Love' (Featherbed Records, 1981) took place at Loma Ranch Studios, near Fredericksburg, Texas. The album was co-produced by Eric Taylor and the studio owners, John and Laurie Hill, and featured prominent vocals from Nanci Griffith.
In 1984, Nanci Griffith's 'Once In A Very Blue Moon' (Philo Records, 1984), was recorded at Cowboy Jack Clements' Cowboy Arms Hotel & Recording Spa in Nashville and included 'Ghost In The Music', which was co-written by Nanci Griffith and Eric Taylor; Cowboy Jack Clement (Sunday 5 April 1931 - Thursday 8 August 2013).
Nanci Griffith's 'One Fair Summer Evening' (MCA Records, 1988) was her seventh album and was her first one recorded in a 'live' setting. The album was recorded on Friday 19 August 1988 and Saturday 20 August 1988 at Anderson Fair, a Houston, Texas club long known for featuring folk artists in an intimate setting and reached No.43 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1988.
Nanci Griffith mainly performed 'live' versions of songs from her previously released albums, but added in a couple of new ones, including 'Deadwood, South Dakota' (written by Eric Taylor).
In late 1988, Nanci Griffith's 'Storms' (MCA Records, 1988), was recorded at Ocean Way Studios in Nashville and included 'Storms' (written by Eric Taylor); the album reached No.42 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1989.
On Tuesday 27 September 1994, Lyle Lovett saw the release of 'I Love Everybody' (MCA/Curb Records, 1994), which included 'Fat Babies' (co-written by Lyle Lovett and Eric Taylor).
Lyle Lovett's 'I Love Everybody' (MCA/Curb Records, 1994) featured Eric Taylor on background vocals.
After a hiatus of almost fourteen years, Eric Taylor returned to the recording scene with a self-titled album, 'Eric Taylor' (Watermelon Records, 1995); the album was chosen as the 1996 Kerrville Folk Festival 'Album of the Year'.
Eric Taylor's 'Eric Taylor' (Watermelon Records, 1995) featured a number of special guets, including Denice Franke and Lyle Lovett on background vocals, Ted Roddy on harmonica and Gene Elders on violin.
In 1997, Denice Franke saw the release of her debut solo album, 'You Don't Know Me' (de nICE gIRL Music, 1997), which was produced by Eric Taylor and featured musicians Mike Sumler, Gene Elders, Glenn Fukunaga, Paul Pearcy, Eric Demmer, Iain Matthews and Tommie Lee Jackson.
In 1998, Eric Taylor saw the release of 'Resurrect' (Koch Records,1998), which was subsequently named one of the '100 essential records of all time' by Buddy magazine; the album featured background vocals from Denice Franke.
On Tuesday 22 September 1998, Lyle Lovett saw the release of 'Step Inside This House' (MCA Records, 1998); in contrast to his earlier albums which were populated with Lyle Lovett's own songs, the album was a double length album of songs written by fellow Texans, including 'Memphis Midnight/Memphis Morning' (written by Eric Taylor).
Eric Taylor has headlined the prestigious Newport Folk Festival, played National Public Radio's 'Mountain Stage' and has appeared on both 'Late Night With David Letterman' with Nanci Griffith, and 'Austin City Limits' with Lyle Lovett, Guy Clark and Robert Earl Keen.
'To say that Eric Taylor is one of the finest writers of our time, would be an understatement. If you miss an opportunity to hear Eric Taylor, you have missed a chance to hear a voice I consider the William Faulkner of songwriting in our current time'. Nanci Griffith
Nanci Griffith has recorded several of Eric Taylor's songs, including 'Deadwood', 'Storms', 'Dollar Matinee' and 'Ghost In The Music', the latter track was one they wrote together.
Lyle Lovett, who has recorded Eric Taylor's 'Memphis Midnight/Memphis Morning', 'Whooping Crane', 'Understand You', and with whom Eric Taylor co-wrote the immensely popular 'Fat Babies', has compared Eric Taylor's narrative voice to that of Bruce Springsteen.
In 2001, Eric Taylor saw the release of 'Scuffletown' (Eminent Records, 2001); the album featured background vocals from Denice Franke. Following the album's release, Eric Taylor was a featured artist on 'Austin City Limits' and National Public Radio's 'Morning Edition'.
It was also in 2001 that Denice Franke saw the release of her second solo album, 'Comfort' (Certain Records, 2001), which was produced and arranged by Eric Taylor and featured musicians Mike Sumler, James Gilmer, Gene Elders, John Hagen, Tommy Elskes, Eric Demmer and Craig Holden.
In 2003, Eric Taylor saw the release of his first 'live' album, 'The Kerrville Tapes' (Silverwolf Records, 2003), which was recorded during three years of appearances at the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival and featured background vocals from Denice Franke.
In 2004, heeding repeated requests by fans and media, Eric Taylor re-mastered the vinyl album 'Shameless Love' (Featherbed Records, 1981) and re-issued it as a CD, on Blue Ruby Music, with two never-released-before bonus tracks ('Dollar Bill Hines' and 'Half Moon Hotel').
In the spring of 2005, Eric Taylor returned to Rock Romano's Red Shack in Houston, Texas to record his fifth studio album, 'The Great Divide' (Blue Ruby Music, 2005). Garnering rave reviews at home and abroad, 'The Great Divide' (Blue Ruby Music, 2005) quickly reached No.3 on the Euro Americana Chart and in 2006 was named one of the 'Top Releases Most Played by Folk Radio'.
In 2007, Eric Taylor saw the release of 'Hollywood Pocketknife' (Blue Ruby Music, 2007), a ten song collection that showed Eric 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 Eric Taylor, 'Hollywood Pocketknife' (Blue Ruby Music, 2007) also featured 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 January 2008, Eric Taylor and 'Hollywood Pocketknife' (Blue Ruby Music, 2007) were nominated for FolkWax's 'Artist Of The Year' and Album Of The Year'.
On Tuesday 20 October 2009, Lyle Lovett saw the release of 'Natural Forces' (Lost Highway Records, 2009), which included 'Whooping Crane' (written by Eric Taylor).
In early 2011, Eric Taylor decided to bring together some of his oldest friends and favourite musicians for a live recording, 'Live At The Red Shack' (Blue Ruby Music, 2011).
In May 2011, two nights of music were recorded 'live' at The Red Shack Studio in Houston, Texas in front of a film crew and a live studio audience. Nanci Griffith flew in from Nashville to sing, along with Lyle Lovett, Denice Franke and Susan Lindfors Taylor.
Marco Python Fecchio flew in from Milan, Italy to play electric guitar, and James Gilmer came in to play percussion. Two magical nights of music and friendship and Houston history were captured.
Eric Taylor's 'Live At The Red Shack' (Blue Ruby Music, 2011) was named 'One of the Top 10 Albums of the Year' by Texas Music Magazine and 'Best of 2012 - Live Album' by Third Coast Music Magazine.
On Tuesday 28 February 2012, Lyle Lovett saw the release of 'Release Me' (Lost Highway Records, 2012), which included 'Understand You' (written by Eric Taylor).
Eric Taylor is a mesmerizing performer and has toured extensively in the United States and Europe, playing notable venues, including Club Passim, The Bottom Line, Caffe Lena, The Bluebird Cafe, Eddie's Attic, The Ark, CSPS, Freight & Salvage, The Green Note (London), Paradiso (Amsterdam), Theatre Kikker (Utrecht), The Real Music Club (Belfast), Hotel du Nord (Paris), Grey's Pub (Brighton) and The Bein Inn (Perth).
Eric Taylor's Festival appearances have included Kerrville, Newport Folk Festival, Woody Guthrie Folk Festival, Boston Folk Festival, Glasgow Americana Festival (Scotland), Take Root (The Netherlands) and Roots of Heaven Festival (The Netherlands).
Eric Taylor has taught at the Kerrville Song School and has also conducted songwriting workshops at the Fulston Manor Performing Arts Centre (Sittingbourne, England), CARAD (Rhayader, Wales), Puget’s Sound Productions (Washington) and the Plowshares Coffeehouse (Pennsylvania).
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