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.