Black Keys package takes Grammy over Chip Taylor
Sunday, February 13, 2011
– Chip Taylor's art director Andrew Taray was nominated for best recording package for "Yonkers NY," but lost to Michael Carney who did the art work for "Brothers" by The Black Keys.
The award was given out prior to the main show at the Staples in Los Angeles.
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Chip Taylor is probably best known today for his partnership with violinist Carrie Rodriguez. But his journey from writing The Troggs' garage rock hit, Wild Thing, to the Americana favorite he's become today has been a long and strange one. "Yonkers NY," with its autobiographical songs, helps tell a little of this unique man's story. For instance, the quiet Gin Rummy Rules outlines Taylor's years as a professional gambler.
The packaging for the CD makes a great »»»
New Songs of Freedom
Hit versions of Chip Taylor's composition "Wild Thing" were released by The Troggs, Jimi Hendrix and, most curiously, the rapper Tone-Loc. Now Taylor reciprocates with a "mini-album" (58 minutes, 7 songs plus intros and outtakes) full of cross-genre influences, including the rhymes and sound collages of hip hop and the political themes of '60s folk and rock. Of course, Taylor's vocals have always been a cross between singing and speaking. The couplet structure of »»»
This Side of the Big River
Warner Brothers signed singer/songwriter Chip Taylor to a record contract 35 years ago based on huge '60s hits ("Wild Thing" for The Troggs and "Angel of the Morning" for Merrilee Rush) and a rocked up 1971 solo album called "Gasoline." What Taylor delivered was a triptych of country albums that were confusing at the time and may seem quaintly unassuming now, but were nothing short of groundbreaking in retrospect.
Taylor's first Warner album, "Last »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk
When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Trampled by Turtles leads stellar night
The animals ruled, for the most part, led by Trampled by Turtles, in a superb trifecta of music long on musicianship and quality songs.
Trampled by Turtles, who headlined the sterling bill that also included Elephant Revival and Hurray for the Riff Raff (not animalistic unless the "riff raff" act that way), are going through some major sonic changes.... »»»
Concert Review: Goodnight, Texas gets on the map
Goodnight, Texas is a town with a small population - 28 according to the band's web site. So, if anything is going to put the unincorporated dot on the map, it may be the bi-coastal country band that stole the name.
Avi Vinocur, who dwells in San Francisco, and Patrick Dyer Wolf, of North Carolina, are the mainstays of the band with them... »»»
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