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Rick Taylor

Rick Taylor – Blues & Roots Guitarist, Songwriter, Singer - Biography

Rick Taylor made his first major appearance as a singer, songwriter and guitarist at the famed Mariposa Folk Festival in 1971 and went on to become a regular at many Canadian festivals and clubs. Blues, jazz, country, rock, roots, world, and contemporary music all influenced Rick's early years on the club and festival circuits and he established himself firmly in the 1970’s Canadian roots music scene.
As a singer-songwriter and guitarist, Rick has been featured on CBC television and radio programs Touch The Earth with host Sylvia Tyson, The Entertainers with host Bill Garrett , Peter Gzowski's 90 Minutes Live on CBC TV, City TV's Music City and Intimate Evenings with Songwriters on Rogers Cable TV. Other highlights of Rick's career include opening act for Bruce Cockburn and appearing in New York City as a multi-instrumentalist in Leonard Cohen's musical production The Sisters of Mercy, as well as lead guitarist in the Vancouver production of Hank Williams, The Show He Never Gave.
Rick's dynamism on guitar has led to session and sideman work with Willie P. Bennett, Stan Rogers, Doug MacArthur, and a highly acclaimed tour with Colleen Peterson, which culminated in a nine evening engagement as opening act for Gordon Lightfoot at Massey Hall in Toronto. He also fronted his own band The Torpedoes with legendary brother Steve Taylor on drums in Southern Ontario, as well as the Rick Taylor Band which featured some of the finest blues and jazz musicians in Vancouver, and a 3 year run with Vancouver’s HARD 8; a roots-acoustic trio featuring guitar virtuoso Paul Pigat and harmonica legend Monty.
Rick Taylor is well know for his high energy live performances, rich, expressive baritone voice, and quirky and novel song writing styles such as his cult classics "Black Leather Diaper" and "Drunkards Lullaby" as well as his delicately, haunting, well crafted ballads and unforgettable "guitarnastics". Rick's early chart hit classics "Letters From Jane" and "Soldier in the Rain", released internationally in 1989 on Volunteer Records, continued in "gold rotation" on many radio stations around the world.
Rick’s 2005 international CD release entitled Clown River contains 13 original solo guitar compositions. It is a beautifully woven instrumental story where Rick has reached deeply into his influences of the great finger style guitar traditions.
Clown River caught the attention of Borealis Records and Rick was invited to be a featured artist on their guitar compilation CD - Six Strings North of the Border Volume 3, released internationally in Feb. 2006 and now available as a 3 CD boxed set. This compilation includes many of Canada’s finger style guitar greats such as Bruce Cockburn, Colin Linden, Amos Garrett, Stephen Fearing, Don Ross, Kevin Breit, Harry Manx and more.
After living 23 years in Vancouver where Rick performed, recorded and produced, he relocated back to his home province of Ontario in 2007 and released his long awaited and internationally acclaimed CD The Wonky Years in 2008. This raucous 10 song collection was recorded over a 10 year period with his band and it runs the range of blues, roots rock, bluegrass, rockabilly, country swing and folk - displaying the immense breadth of Rick’s song writing, guitar playing, vocal abilities and styles.
February 2010 sees Rick Taylor returning to his blues roots with his definitive CD release of Lucky Room. This solo collection of 11 songs covers the road from Mississippi to Chicago, paying homage to the blues masters from the late 1920s to the early 1950s that have helped shape Rick’s music over a 40 plus year career. This critically acclaimed work has garnered heavy rotation achieving radio chart hit status - reaching #3 on Roots Music Report charts – Canada, and #10 on the U.S.A. Roots Music Report - Blues Chart.

Artist Management, Media Contact, Bookings
Brian Mortimer - Karma Productions
Phone: 519-963-7247

"One of the first guitar soloists I tried to copy was Rick Taylor. His playing on the Willie P. Bennett album, "Hobo's Taunt" was and is an inspiration to me. And he still plays great- with the extra years of experience and gravitas only making him better. And that's just the playing part... He's still writing and singing and performing like a demon too!"
Colin Linden - Nashville U.S.A.