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                                                                                   New Haven Advocate - Review of "FREE"

"Shawn Taylor, Free (self-released, shawntaylortunes.com). "Shawn Taylor plays his acoustic guitar Delta style, reminiscent of Mississippi John Hurt... and you can hear his smooth command of the difficult finger-picking style... Anchoring the whole thing is Taylor’s voice. Described as “wonderfully damaged” by the Advocate’s own Dan Barry, it is worn but not frayed, a smoky tenor that exudes confidence and authority. This kind of command comes from live performances — not just in clubs and coffee bars, but in living rooms and on front porches as well. "

(James Velvet - New Haven Advocate)

 Press Quotes

"Shawn Taylor has mellowness to his voice that works well against the frenetic flash of finger-picking that is the foundation of his songs... It is Americana stripped of its outer skin. The songs crackle with the guitar work... 
                                                            - TheAlternateRoot.com

   "Acoustic players will come and go, but Shawn Taylor is a masterful craftsman whose music deserves to be heard."      D.S. - Metronome Magazine - Boston 

His keen eye, soul-drenched vocals and steadfast acoustic fingerpicking punctuates his musical canvas with a skillful, heartfelt flair reminiscent of troubadours John Prine, John Gorka and Bob Dylan. But make no mistake, Taylor is his own voice. With three albums under his belt and another on the way, Shawn Taylor is one of the finest singer-songwriters on the scene today.”
                                                                                                                                                    Brian Owens - Metronome Magazine - Boston

'"Shawn, in my mind, is the real deal.  Well-crafted music, performed with grace"
                                                                                                            Jim Dublinski - WUVT, VA

"Shawn Taylor is a master balladeer & troubador" 
    Remo Ricaldone - American Roots Radio, Italy

"Shawn Taylor has a wonderfully damaged voice - a sort of Tom Waits 'I gargle cinder blocks in the morning' growl, but less of a put-on than Waits' bark.  His lyrics dabble in a wonderful gritty naturalism that's uncommon around here... check him out."
                                                                  Dan Barry - New Haven Advocate

"Shawn Taylor impressed me with his voice , his fingerpicking , the diversity of his sounds and of his songs"
                                                                                                                                         Michel Penard - Radio Milieu - France

"I've really enjoyed listening to this band."
     José Feliciano - (At Smokin' With Chris - Southington, CT  3/17/13)


Maria Muldaur
Peter Mulvey
Sarah Potenza
Vance Gilbert
Pat Wictor  

Caravan Of Thieves 
 
Amy Speace 
Garnet Rodgers 
Kevin So 
Scott Ainslie
Danielle Miraglia
Whitney Monge
Brian Dolzani
The Levins

David Jacobs-Strain


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                                                                                The Alternate Root -  "Home" - Review
 "Shawn Taylor has mellowness to his voice that works well against the frenetic flash of finger-picking that is the foundation of his songs... It is Americana stripped of its outer skin. The songs crackle with the guitar work... Shawn Taylor uses words as weapons on Home, showing that his pen beats the sword for cutting through the crap as it seeks the truth of contemporary life"
- TheAlternateRoot.com (May 30, 2013)

                                                                                    Metronome Magazine Boston - "Home" Review

"Shawn Taylor describes himself succinctly when he calls his music “original, bare bones Americana with a heart and a mind on ‘home’” On his new album of the same name. Taylor drops nine well penned numbers and two readily identifiable covers on listeners that are fueled by his stellar, campfire storytelling voice, deft acoustic guitar picking, wailing harmonica work and astute observations of everyday life and it’s unpredictable intricacies. It’s a delicate, well played slice of American roots music that’s as satisfyin’ as a warm, home cooked meal.Joined by musicians Paul Opalach on bass (who recorded, mixed & mastered the album), Jim McKeeman on guitar and harmony vocals, Chris D’Amato on National steel guitar, Nathan Bontrager on cello, Nick Longo on drums and Lee-Anne Lovelace on harmony vocals, Taylor adds their exceptional respective talents with the same savior fair as a world-class chef seasoning his dishes.

Best tracks that should find their way to mainstream radio include the hard luck anthem, “Blackwater,” The skillful six string picking of “Waiting,” the sobering reflections of “Home,” the drinking man’s lament of “Where’s The Bottom?” every married parent’s hope, “Time For Us,” the introspective realization of “I’m a Fool,” and Taylor’s superb rendition of Bob Dylan’s “Tonight I’ll be Staying Here With You,” complete with some extraordinary tuneful guitar work courtesy of Jim McKeeman.

 Acoustic players will come and go, but Shawn Taylor is a masterful craftsman whose music deserves to be heard."Metronome Magazine - Boston - Feb '15) 

Shawn Taylor
“Music With Wandering Roots.”

 Shawn Taylor has devoted the past decade to his ‘wandering roots’ music, as a traveling troubadour, songwriter and CT based bandleader. His 4th independent release, “Balance” (June, 2017) embodies his ‘wandering roots’ genre and philosophy; meandering from Appalachia to Reggae, folk to rock, time twisting finger-style compositions, to sparse introspective ballads and gut busting blues, exploring disparate characters, times and situations, in the eternal struggle for balance.

 “His keen eye, soul-drenched vocals and steadfast acoustic finger-picking, punctuate his musical canvas with a skillful, heartfelt flair reminiscent of troubadours John Prine, John Gorka and Bob Dylan,” declared Metronome Magazine, Boston. “But make no mistake, Taylor is his own voice. Shawn Taylor is one of the finest singer-songwriters on the scene today.”

 He’s shared the stage with folk notables such as, Maria Muldaur, Peter Mulvey, Vance Gilbert, Pat Wictor, Scott Ainslie, Spuyten Duyvil and Sarah Potenza. And his wandering roots run deep.

 His mother grew up an ‘army brat’ on bases around the US and Europe. His father was an anti-war, Vietnam Vet, turned vagabond gypsy. Shawn was born in Ohio and raised in Massachusetts, but he’d lived in four states before he turned one. At twenty, he left college to ‘thru’-hike the Appalachian Trail for six months. The next year, he ‘thru’-hiked VT’s Long Trail, with his girlfriend Amy, who later became his wife. Their latest (not last) ‘thru’-hike together was California’s John Muir Trail in 2006.

 In July 2017, Amy and their two children will join Shawn on the road for the first time, in a tour that will touch down in eight states and end with Taylor’s appearance as a 2017 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival “Emerging Artist.” Who knows where they will wander from there, but where-ever that is, there are sure to be songs.

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"Shawn dives directly into folk/blues with heart and soul, telling stories of real people with real hardships, all backed by a finger-picking style that can be crass, gentle, fast or simple, what ever the moment calls for, and led all the time confidently with his gruff and raspy blues voice. He’s found originality within his genre. A tough thing to do."
                                                                                                                     Tom Bianchi - Boston Backstage Beat

"I've really enjoyed listening to this band."
                                                     José Feliciano 

"Shawn Taylor is one of the finest singer-songwriters on  the scene today.”
                   Brian Owens, Metronome Magazine - Boston

2017 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival "Emerging Artist"