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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The Little Prayers Trilogy
If Chip Taylor had done nothing more than simply pen two of the biggest songs of his generation - "Wild Thing" and "Angel of the Morning" - his place in musical history would be well assured. So, it's to his credit that he's managed to reinvent himself several times over the course of his career, both as a gambler and as a man whose later career has found him traipsing through the darker tributaries of Americana as a singer and songwriter.
Still, "The Little »»»
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 »»»
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: Womack sings "real country music"
Lee Ann Womack made it quite clear where she was coming from three songs in to her first show in the Boston area in years. "We're gonna play country music," said Womack after playing a sparking version of the new song "Don't Listen to the Wind." "I mean real country music."
By that, Womack actually meant... »»»
Concert Review: Wait at LakeShake for Paisley proves worth it
The one thing that could be controlled over the three-day Windy City LakeShake country music festival was the weather. With thunder, lighting and rain in the skies on Saturday night, Brad Paisley was forced to cancel that night.
But Saturday's loss was Sunday's gain because he ended closing the inaugural fest with a set that was also by... »»»
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Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams
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