There are a handful of American songwriters who have been around for a long time and year after year continue to raise the bar for the rest of us, writing authentic and tightly crafted songs that capture a time, a place and an emotion in a way that rivals a great piece of literature. Eric Taylor is in this class.
Eric cut his teeth and earned his scars in the Texas songwriter scene of the late 70s and early 80s that produced such legendary artists as Nanci Griffith, Lyle Lovett, Townes Van Zandt and Robert Earl Keene. Many of these artist readily site Eric as an influence. Several of his songs have been recorded by Nanci Griffith and Lyle Lovett.
A masterful storyteller, Eric talks candidly in this interview about his creative process, how he came to be a songwriter, and what he has learned from going out on the road and taking his music to the people year after year.