THE GREAT DIVIDE Eric Taylor
One of the front runners for song-poet laureate of Texas. And thats a fertile field.
His number isnt posted anywhere as one you should call for a good time. There arent any good time numbers on this record, but there are many good numbers. Like his playing and his singing, the songwriting of Eric Taylor is very deep and very precise. Hes the only songwriter besides David Olney you hear the adjective Faulknerian applied to, for instance. Like Olney, hes old school, in a good way. But he hails from Texas, and thats a different animal. Wasnt born there, but hes been there since running out of money on the way to California landed him in Houston in the '70s.
Many, like Lyle Lovett and former wife Nanci Griffith, revere the artist with words of the highest praise. In song, he is a narrative expert, and several of those on this record bear special mention. "Big Love" tells the story and perhaps the last moments of a fellow named James Willis Hardin, weight 459. With the grace and timing of a novelist or short story writer, Taylor draws the listener in to the flower shop, the house of the mother he lives with, and into the broken heart and mind of "Big Love" as his mother calls him. The other story that really knocked me out was "Bonnie and Avery," about a dance hall girl (the ten cents a dance kind) and a player in a coronet band who have a bar they close at midnight every night in their later years.
except when Panama left them childless
|listen to clips|
|return to covers|
|buy The Great Divide here|
|eric taylor online|
|look into tony gallucci|