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T.C. Taylor

Dancehall Revival – 2003 (Palo Duro)

Reviewed by Robert Wooldridge

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The debut from Austin's T.C. Taylor has more in common with early 90's mainstream country that with type of country usually associated with the Austin music scene.

"She's in the Bedroom Crying" sounds like it could have been a hit for Billy Ray Cyrus, and "Go Tell Papa" and "Mexican Radio" show the influence of Dwight Yoakam. The ballad "I Can't" recalls Rodney Crowell or Radney Foster, while "Cowboy Hat" and "Spilled Perfume" are reminiscent of George Strait. "Tequila" is a Garth Brooks-like up tempo tune, while the title track is a sentimental ballad in the mode of Brooks' "The Dance."

Taylor displays a strong voice throughout, and he is well supported by such guests as Jason Roberts (fiddle), Cindy Cashdollar (steel and Dobro) and David Lee Garza (accordion). While Taylor shows promise, he fails to find his voice or develop a sound of his own.