This season, Fiddlers Crossing has been introducing Tehachapi to some of the best contemporary singer-songwriters now touring. The next performer in this series of exceptional concerts is Eric Taylor, an icon of the Texas style of songwriters, coming to Fiddlers Crossing Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m.
Taylor has been called “a sage musician, a lyrical genius and a master of the guitar.” His songs have been recorded by Lyle Lovett and Nanci Griffith. Griffith calls him “The William Faulkner of songwriting in our current time.” Taylor is a Kerrville Folk Festival “New Folk” winner, has played National Public Radio’s “Mountain Stage,” appeared on “Late Night With David Letterman,” “Austin City Limits,” and NPR’s “Morning Edition.” He has also been a headliner for the prestigious Newport Folk Festival.
Taylor grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, and started playing soul music in his early years. After high school and a brief stint in college, he set out for California but ran out of money and ended up in Houston. The Texas music scene in the 1970s proved to be just what he needed to inspire his writing. He learned intricate blues guitar stylings from such legends as Lightnin’ Hopkins and Mance Lipscomb, and then developed his own unique picking style, which in turn has been imitated by others.
Taylor tours extensively in the US and Europe, playing the most notable venues in each location. Fiddlers Crossing is proud that he has chosen to add the Tehachapi venue to his list.
Fiddlers Crossing is at 206 East F Street at Robinson Street, in Downtown Tehachapi. Tickets may be purchased next door at Mountain Music, Tehachapi Treasure Trove, Tehachapi Furniture in Old Town, and Lucky’s Barbershop, or with a credit card by calling 661-823-9994. Tickets to the concert are $20, and as always, coffee and goodies are included. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30p.m.
“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
“He’s the real deal. Eric Taylor was one my heroes and teachers when I started playing around Houston in the early 1970s.” – Steve Earle
“For me to say that Eric Taylor is one of the finest writers of our time is an understatement.” – Nanci Griffith
“Listening to Eric Taylor is better than reading a Larry McMurtry novel and easier on the eyes.” – Ralston Bowles
“Eric is a performer whose concerts include songs, storytelling and a master’s touch for leading his listeners on a nocturnal journey to parts of a vanishing America that only Eric’s songs seem to know the way to.” – Duke Lang
Eric Taylor performs with Lyle Lovett