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Taylor Made

by Todd Taylor

Bluegrass Banjo At Its Finest 2004 Grammy Nominated Artist Todd Taylor Has Done It Again With This New Banjo Cd Titled Taylor Made
Genre: Country: Bluegrass
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Foggy Mtn. Special-3:24-Writers-Certain Louise-Universal cedarwo
3:26 $0.99
2. Jo Ban-3:46-Writer-Todd Taylor-Publisher-Shalin Music Co. ASCAP
3:48 $0.99
3. Washington County-2:55-Writer-Kenny Baker-Publisher-Wynwood Musi
2:57 $0.99
4. Gold Tone Jubille-4:08-Writer-Todd Taylor-Publisher-Shalin Music
4:10 $0.99
5. Unleashed-4:08-Writer-Todd Taylor-Publisher-Shalin Music Co ASCA
4:10 $0.99
6. John Hardy-2:38-Writers-Mckuen,Rod-Publisher-Criterion Music Cor
2:40 $0.99
7. Ghost Riders-6:06-Writer-Hugh Tomasson-Publisher-Hustlers Inc BM
6:08 $0.99
8. Shuckin The Corn-4:33-Writers-Graves,Certain,Stacy-Publisher-G W
4:35 $0.99
9. Stairway To Heaven-4:11-Writers-Led Zepplin,Robert Plant-Publish
4:13 $0.99
10. Dixie Breakdown-2:37-Writers-Reno,Lunsford-Publosher Fort Knox
2:39 $0.99
11. EL Cumbanchero-2:58-Writer-Hernandez-Publisher Peer
2:58 $0.99
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Album Notes
Grammy Nominated Artist Todd Taylor presents his newest album "Taylor Made" A collection of original songs, some old standards arranged by Todd and some seldom heard classics done in Todd's fabulous banjo style. Todd's Grammy
Nominated Album "Blazin Bluegrass Banjo" of last year was a great album. "Taylor Made" promises to eclipse the former album in both sales and popularity to say nothing of garnering more Grammy Nominations for the finest banjo player in the world!

Todd Taylor a performing artist since age 6, worked with his twin brother Allen as the "Taylor Twins". They Performed with such legendary bluegrass acts as Bill Monroe "The Father Of Bluegrass", Carl Story, Roy Acuff and many more. This is truly an album that will amaze any listener. This is a "Must Have" album for bluegrass fans and anyone that loves precise banjo picking at breckneck speed!!!



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Great banjo music!

Turtle Hill Banjo Company

Todd Taylor was nominated for two Grammy awards in 2004, and you'll know why when you listen to his latest tour de force. The CD is titled Taylor Made, and Todd sets the mood on the first cut with a very imaginative arrangement of "Foggy Mountain Special." From there he serves up ten more tunes, ranging from standards -- "Dixie Breakdown," "Shuckin The Corn," and "John Hardy" -- to tunes such as "El Cumbanchero" and "Stairway To Heaven" which are normally not associated with the banjo. Three of the pieces are originals that were written by Todd.

No matter what the tune, Todd adds his own special touch by seamlessly and creatively mixing Scruggs, melodic, and single string styles. The result is a CD that I found most enjoyable. I think you will also!

Earl Webb

Good banjo playing
This is a great cd, I also like the flow of it as well,
now if I could only play like that I would think I had went to heven, his style of banjo playing is all his on
and amazing!! if you do not have this cd yet you need to get it.


I would not say nobody can come close lol but I think Todd is a fine Banjo Player & even though I have not heard the cd, I have listened to the mp3s and I give Todd & his band 5 stars!
Very inovative and most important: he has his own style! Way to go Todd!
Kind Regards, nuka

Col. Allen Kolmer

super, excellent, hope to play like you some day
Excellent sound quality, unrivaled artistry, magnificent performance, simply pure professional excellence for both the CD and artist. I look forward to your other 2 cd's.

Roots Music Report

This album is all about the banjo and a man that knows how to play one exception
This album is all about the banjo and a man that knows how to play one exceptionally well. This CD features 11 of the hottest banjo tunes to ever be recorded. Todd Taylor has
got to be one of the best banjo pickers to walk this earth. If you want to hear 21st century banjo playing just listen to this album and be amazed.

Joe Ross

Todd's a very daring young man with a lot of confidence and musical skill
Playing Time – 61:45 -- Notes in Todd Taylor’s “Taylor Made” album include Mark Twain’s famous quote about the banjo…you know the one about breaking out your hide like the pin-feather pimples on a picked goose. Well, with this inspiration to set the stage, Todd Taylor does a mighty fine job invoking “the glory-beaming banjo!” on this all-instrumental effort. He has some innovative licks and demonstrates various techniques on the 5-string (Scruggs style, melodic, and single string). His repertoire pays tribute to the music of Earl Scruggs, Kenny Baker, Don Reno, Hugh Tomasson and even Led Zeppelin. At the same time, about half of the CD is made up of Taylor’s originals, and one can see why he was nominated for a 2004 Grammy for “Blazin’ Bluegrass Banjo.” John McEuen wrote the liner notes for “Taylor Made.”

On stage since age 6, Taylor performed with his twin brother (Allen) as the “Taylor Twins.” They appeared with Bill Monroe, Carl Story, Roy Acuff and others. Todd lights a fire on his five-string, but one should look beyond just the breakneck licks. The musician finds his stylistic footing by expanding into non-bluegrass genres (Latin, new acoustic, western, and rock). While every banjo-player worth his salt cuts his teeth on far like Foggy Mountain Special, Dixie Breakdown, Washington County, Shuckin’ the Corn, and John Hardy, the task at hand becomes one of incorporating innovative interpretive twists to make these recorded tunes your own. That’s why Taylor’s best material is built around his own originals (Jo Ban, Gold Tone Jubilee, Unleashed) or his renderings of “El Cumbanchero” or “Stairway to Heaven.” Unfortunately, his 6-minute rendition of “Ghost Riders” gets a bit mundane and tedious, especially without lyrics included. After one round of banjo, dobro, and fiddle interplay, the song actually stops and starts again with another 3-minute round. Despite this reviewer’s opinion, I’m told that the tune is getting rave reviews and airplay.

Taylor’s arrangements tend to use the fade-out to end his songs. He does this to be different and so that his music can be used in major movies (ie. Roadkill). At times, Taylor’s accompanists seem challenged to cleanly match his exceptional musicianship. I also felt that Todd’s rhythm guitar sits a little too dominantly in the overall mix in places. Minimal album shortcomings aside, I was impressed with this young man’s virtuosity and vitality. Accompanists include Bo Frazier (fiddle, mandolin), Mike Moody or Ken Parker (bass), and Steve Thorpe (dobro). Look for Todd Taylor and his Gold Tone. He shows us that he’s a very daring young man with a lot of confidence and musical skill. (Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now)


Artist: Todd Taylor
CD Title: Taylor Made
Released: 2005

Favorite cut(s): "Jo Ban," "Washington County," "Ghost Riders" & "Stairway To Heaven"

I received Todd Taylor's CD as a gift from Mr. Taylor himself and I thank him for it. For fans of bluegrass as well as banjo aficionados everywhere, this CD is a must. Every song on the CD is top-notch and just plain enjoyable. His rendition of Led Zepplin's "Stairway to Heaven" is delightful and I found it to be almost transcendental. "Dixie Breakdown" is a rolicking tune in the great tradition of bluegrass with great energy and passion. Sometimes a song triggers images in my mind and Mr. Taylor's original "Jo Ban" provides me a soundtrack for memories of my Daddy taking me riding in his car on the Delta dirt roads in Bolivar County, Mississippi. He'd let me sort of shift gears by letting me hold the shifter in my small hand while he put his hand over mine and guided the gear shifter from one gear to the next. Overall, this is an outstanding CD and would make a wonderful addition to any bluegrass collection. Every song on this CD is a winner in my opinion.

Mitch Finley

Grammy Nominated 5 String Banjoist
Grammy nominated banjoist Taylor's CD proves what a pleasure it can be to listen to the banjo as a solo instrument. Accompanied by Bo Frazer (fiddle,Mandolin),Steve Thorpe (Dobro),Mike Moody and Ken Parker (bass), Taylor gives fantastic performances of standards such as foggy mtn special, john hardy, and shucken the corn. In addition, he takes on tunes you might not expect and more than does them justice, including Stairway to heaven and El Cumbanchero

Leonard Livingston

Great!! Precise!! Straight On Banjo Pickin Great Cd
I really do not have the correct words all I can say is this is one heck of a great Banjo album, Todd Taylor's Style and banjo picking is flawless this is a top notch banjo cd, and recommend it to everyone.
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