Nick Michael Taylor

 

Nick Michael Taylor

Born in Galveston, Texas and raised in Houston, Nick Michael Taylor (formerly known by his given name Michael Heyman) was introduced by a babysitter at an early age to records by Ray Charles, Elvis Presley, Little Richard, the Beatles and the Beach Boys. He got his first guitar together when he was eleven.

A turning point happened the following year when an older neighborhood friend introduced him to “Layla and other Assorted Love Songs” by Derek & the Dominos as well as recordings by Jimi Hendrix and blues artists such as Robert Johnson, B.B. King, Freddie King, Otis Rush, T-Bone-Walker, Muddy Waters, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Magic Sam, Memphis Slim, John Mayall and Fleetwood Mac. This was a revelation to young Nick and it is in these recordings that the foundation of his style was laid.

After high school, Nick played in the rock band Chateau with Steve Bogle (the Hunger) and later traveled to Europe where he had the opportunity to play with musicians in the U.K. and Denmark. Inspired by the deep love of the blues he found on the part of these European musicians, Nick turned his attention to the blues he first heard as a teenager.
This led to the formation of The Blues Union in 1979. The group appeared in concert with artists such as the Cobras and Lou Ann Barton and in 1980 released an LP on Lunar # 2 Records along with internationally renowned blues artist Sherman Robertson.Nick subsequently played guitar in an early incarnation of the critically acclaimed power pop band "Just Boys" and later replaced noted Fever Tree guitarist Michael Knust in Donna & the Survivors. When Donna & the Survivors disbanded, Nick was invited to join Stray. A highly popular regional act, Stray maintained a relentless tour schedule, including shows with artists such as Tommy Tutone.
In 1983, Nick stepped up to front a blues trio that sometimes featured jazz saxophonist Bruce Harrison. A highlight during this time was his association with noted British musicians Ronnie Lane and Ian McLagan (Small Faces, Rod Stewart & the Faces, Rolling Stones) for the highly successful “RONNIE LANE APPEAL FOR A.R.M.S.” concert in 1985. Later that year, Nick also had the honor of participating in an all-star jazz/blues concert with legendary saxophonist Arnett Cobb. It was during this time that he began to be recognized as an up and coming guitarist in his own right.
Nick returned from the road in 1986 to front The Powerhouse, a power trio with Calvin Hall (Carolyn Wonderland, Hightailers) again on bass and Angelo Giovanni (Rainbow Bridge) on drums. The Powerhouse earned a reputation in both blues and rock circles as an exciting and dynamic blues-rock ensemble in the long Texas tradition of guitarists fronting blues trios.
This was largely the result of concerts with artists such as Buddy Guy & Junior Wells, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers w/Mick Taylor (and later with Coco Montoya and Walter Trout), Albert Collins, James Cotton, Eric Burdon, Alvin Lee, Leslie West, Pat Travers, Nils Lofgren, Nick Lowe, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Omar & the Howlers and Marcia Ball.
The Powerhouse was in fact the first blues act in Houston to have successfully crossed over to hard rock and metal venues. Other highlights of this period were the band's association with Texas blues great Joe "Guitar" Hughes as his back-up band in 1986.
Nick returned to Europe in 1987, where he often worked with members of Sweden's premier blues/rock act Sky High as well as noted drummer Colin Allen (John Mayall, Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart). Nick was a featured artist at festivals such as the prestigious Längholmen Music Festival in Stockholm.

For family reasons, Nick stepped away from music in 1991, and did not step back into the limelight until the release of his debut CD "Heart Full Of Blues" in 2005. "Heart Full Of Blues" garnered rave reviews around the world and in 2007, Nick was invited to perform at the Blues For Peace Festival in Ceasarea, Israel.

Nick maintained a low profile until his former Just Boys bandmates approached him in 2013 about doing a Just Boys reunion show at the International Pop Overthrow Festival in Austin, TX.

Re-energized, Nick began writing and recording songs and returned to the stage fronting a blues/rock ensemble with a vengeance. He was a regional finalist in the 2013 International Blues Challenge and continues to be a featured performer at festivals and live music venues in the South Texas region.

In March 2015, Nick released his second full-length CD "Sweet Sour and Blue,"which features ten songs, eight of which are original compositions plus covers of Steve Winwood's 1969 classic "Had To Cry Today" originally recorded by Blind Faith and "Sweet Wine" originally recorded by Cream in 1966.

With the release of "Sweet Sour and Blue," the passion and artistry of Nick's playing continues to win critical acclaim throughout the United States and around the world.