Jay Allen Sanford 2 p.m., Dec. 5
RIYL: Marvin Gaye, Brian McKnight, Sam Smith, Andy Timmons, Charlie Parker, John Mayer, Ray LaMontagne, Joe Robinson, Norah Jones, Eric Clapton, Allen Stone
Inception: San Diego, 2011
Influences: Eric Clapton, John Mayer, Andy Timmons, Tommy Emmanuel, Fleetwood Mac, Ray LaMontagne
Joshua Taylor performs soul, blues, rock, folk, and jazz, reflecting a life of diverse musical influences. Beginning with his education in Annapolis, his early adult years of struggle and personal discovery at sea and ashore as a Navy man have profoundly impacted his life and his music.
“Everyone has their own flavor of the basic human experiences,” he says, “and I think that’s part of what makes a good lyric so compelling. People look to musicians to express those parts of themselves they find hardest to articulate.”
Asked about his best and worst gigs, he says "I think that depends on where my head is at. For me, the best gigs come from being prepared enough to relax into a set and just communicate honestly with a receptive audience, which can be as few as one really engaged listener. Conversely, the worst gigs are when I feel underprepared, self-conscious, and either nobody is listening or I haven't put myself in the right headspace to be receptive to the positive aspects of the gig. Maybe somebody was listening and I missed it, or maybe nobody was listening but I could have taken the opportunity to just people-watch and enjoy the paid rehearsal."
A debut album was recorded in 2015 with producer Sven-Erik Seaholm. Guest players included Sandi King of local duo 22 Kings, with whom Taylor toured that year for their second national trek. Album personnel include drummer Shane Fitzgibbon, bassist Kory McAfee (Josh Damigo, Stevie & the Hi-Staxx), and keyboardist Josh Weinstein (Stevie & the Hi-Staxx). "Trumpeter Ron King [JazzKatz Project
featuring Whitney Shay] and Ed 'Muggles' Croft came in and did some killer horn work on the album," Taylor told the Reader.
- About Time