"To say that Eric Taylor is one of the finest writers of our time would be an understatement," Nanci Griffith says.
“He’s a word guy,” says Lyle Lovett. “Meeting Eric and listening to his songs, he taught me that a song didn’t just have to be a cute phrase with a catchy melody that you hear on the radio. A song could be about something. A song could have a narrative quality. It could tell a story. A song could be filled with images. Eric taught me that every word in a song matters.”
Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Taylor wrote poetry from an early age. When he learned to play guitar, he incorporated his natural gift with words into songwriting. After briefly studying at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, he headed toward California but ran out of money along the way and settled in Houston, Texas. There, he continued to hone his unique guitar picking style and songwriting in the rich musical environment of the 1970s.
"There were no lines drawn in the sand between musical genres in Houston back in those days," Taylor remembers. "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?"
Taylor’s albums have earned praise and awards over three decades.
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