Nick Michael Taylor

 

Tweed Smith w/Nick Michael Taylor!

Nick has now teamed up with former WAR vocalist Tweed Smith on a contemporary blues project performing a dynamic range of original blues songs and select covers.

Tweed recorded and toured with WAR from 1979-81 and was part of the American National Touring Company production of "Jesus Christ Superstar." She has also worked with artists such as Dianne Reeves, Sly Stone, Sarah Vaughn, Bobby Womack, Calvin Owens, Ringo Starr and Ron Wood.

Performing as Tweed Smith with Nick Michael Taylor, their blues quintet is currently a finalist in the 2017 Houston Blues Challenge. 

Bobby Whitlock & CoCo Carmel w/Nick Michael Taylor - upcoming show!

Bobby Whitlock & CoCo Carmel w/Nick Michael Taylor

I'm pleased to announce that I'll be joining Bobby Whitlock & CoCo Carmel on lead guitar on Saturday, July 1, 2017 at McGonigel's Mucky Duck in Houston, TX.

As many of you know, Bobby was a co-founder of Derek & the Dominos along with Eric Clapton, Carl Radle and Jim Gordon. He not only sang and played both keys and acoustic guitar on “Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs” but also co-wrote many of the classic songs on that record including "Bellbottom Blues," "Keep On Growing," "Anyday," "Tell The Truth," "Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad?" and "I Looked Away."

Bobby has also appeared on some of rock & roll's greatest albums including George Harrison’s “All things Must Pass” and the Rolling Stones’ “Exile on Main Street.”

Bobby and his wife Coco are featured in the documentary “The Road to Austin.” His autobiography “Bobby Whitlock: A Rock n Roll Autobiography” is a fantastic read and can be purchased online here:

https://www.amazon.com/Bobby-Whitlock-Rock-Rol…/…/0786458941

Bobby and CoCo have been traveling playing around the world and making records for the past fourteen years. They have recently recorded a new CD produced by Rob Fraboni (The Rolling Stones, The Band's The Last Waltz, John Lennon, Bob Dylan).

We'll be doing many of the Dominos' songs from the "Layla" album as well as some of Bobby & CoCo's new material and perhaps a few other surprises. I am deeply honored to be playing lead guitar again with Bobby and CoCo.

You don't want to miss this!

http://www.bobbywhitlockandcococarmel.com/

Bobby Whitlock & CoCo Carmel w/Nick Michael Taylor!

I'm pleased to announce that I'll be joining Bobby Whitlock & CoCo Carmel on lead guitar on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at McGonigel's Mucky Duck in Houston, TX.

As many of you know, Bobby was a co-founder of Derek & the Dominos along with Eric Clapton, Carl Radle and Jim Gordon. He not only sang and played both keys and acoustic guitar on “Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs” but also co-wrote many of the classic songs on that record including "Bellbottom Blues," "Keep On Growing," "Anyday," "Tell The Truth," "Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad?" and "I Looked Away."

Bobby has also appeared on some of rock & roll's greatest albums including George Harrison’s “All things Must Pass” and the Rolling Stones’ “Exile on Main Street.”

Bobby and his wife Coco are featured in the newly released documentary “The Road to Austin” and his autobiography “Bobby Whitlock: A Rock n Roll Autobiography” is a fantastic read. Bobby and CoCo have been traveling playing around the world and making records for the past fourteen years. In addition to singing and playing acoustic guitar and saxophone, CoCo engineers and produces all their records, the latest being “Carnival Live from Austin” complete with an all star line up.

Bobby and CoCo are setting up the new year with a solo record on Bobby to be produced by Rob Fraboni (The Rolling Stones, The Band's The Last Waltz, John Lennon, Bob Dylan).

We'll be doing many of the Dominos' songs from the "Layla" album as well as some of Bobby & CoCo's recent material and perhaps a few other surprises. I am deeply honored to be playing lead guitar again with Bobby and CoCo.

You don't want to miss this!

I`ll be playing lead guitar with Bobby Whitlock and CoCo Carmel tomorrow evening

I've been invited to play guitar with Bobby Whitlock and CoCo Carmel tomorrow evening at The Last Concert Cafe in Houston, TX.

Bobby was a member of Derek & the Dominos along with Eric Clapton, Carl Radle and Jim Gordon. He played keyboards and guitar as well as co-wrote many of the songs on their classic 1970 LP "Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs" such as "Bellbottom Blues" and "Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad?" His outstanding and impassioned vocals together with those of Clapton are a hallmark of that record.

He has also played on such classic records as "All Things Must Pass" by George Harrison and the Rolling Stones' "Exile On Main Street."

CoCo is also an amazingly talented vocalist, guitarist, saxophonist and writer. Together they are magic!

We'll be doing a number of songs from the "Layla" record as well as their newer material. Needless to say I'm highly honored to be playing guitar with Bobby and CoCo. You don't want to miss this!

Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

New CD!! "Sweet Sour and Blue"

After all this time, my second full-length CD "Sweet Sour and Blue" is now officially scheduled for release on March 29, 2015!

"Sweet Sour and Blue" features ten songs, of which eight are original compositions ranging from straight ahead blues to guitar-driven rock to sensitive ballads plus covers of Steve Winwood's classic "Had To Cry Today" originally recorded in 1969 by Blind Faith and "Sweet Wine" originally recorded by Cream in 1966.

"Sweet Sour and Blue" also features beautiful vocal arrangements plus acoustic, slide and Leslie guitar textures.

My old bandmate Bob Williams flew in  from New York to play drums, while Basil Anagnostis played bass on a number of the tracks. One of the tracks features Ladd Dennison on drums along with Roger Tausz on bass.

And to top it all off, internationally acclaimed harmonica virtuoso Steve Krase breathed fire into one of my original compositions entitled "Shepherd's Hay," which is my contribution to the genre of classic power rock instrumentals such as "Moby Dick" by Led Zeppelin, "Toad" and "Cat's Squirrel" by Cream.

Advance copies of the CD should be available in early March 2015.

Stay tuned!

ANNOUNCING MY UPCOMING KICKSTARTER CD CAMPAIGN!!

While I've been keeping a relatively low public profile lately, there's been a lot going on behind the scenes.

I've been working on getting my new CD finished since last autumn. I went into the studio last September and started recording tracks but due to unforeseen circumstances ran out of money to complete the project.

In addition to playing shows such as the Pearland Crawfish Festival, 24th Annual Bikers for Bikers Charity Rally, Birraporetti's monthly "Night of the Living Guitars" and hosting the Houston Blues Society monthly jam at the Big Easy, I've been busy writing new material.

I've also gone back through my repertoire of songs. Among these I've rediscovered a number of gems, which I've refined and rearranged for a more contemporary yet classic sound.

One of these - "Learn to Love" - has taken on new life with a more modern drum arrangement and guitar work reminiscent of the interplay between Eric Clapton and Duane Allman on the "Layla" album.

Another song, "Remember I Love You," has been transformed from a powerful rock ballad to a beautiful acoustic love song.

As these songs began to take shape, echoes of some of the great rock music of the late 60's and early 70's - Derek & the Dominos, Blind Faith, Cream and George Harrison - could be heard resonating throughout.

Along with the blues, this was the music that so powerfully moved me as a young pre-teen. And now - years later - I am even more passionate about carrying on in the footsteps of these artists than I was then!

At the same time, I've been exploring various funding possibilities.

One is Kickstarter, a crowd-funding platform which is a great way for music fans like you to become active participants in projects such as this.

So ... I've decided to launch a Kickstarter project to raise the funds for my new CD. Planned launch date is this Friday, May 2, 2014.

I'm REALLY excited about this CD!

While I easily have enough material to do both a straight blues and a rock n roll CD, for this project I've elected to go with more of a rock format together with straight ahead blues a la "Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs" by Derek & the Dominos.

I'll let you know as soon as we go live with this project. In addition to keeping you updated on our progress, I'll also be posting a few demo videos of some of these new songs.

I'd like to invite you to join my mailing list to receive project updates and other news. Together we can make this happen!

Thank you and rock on!

Nick

Introducing Nick Michael Taylor & the Blues Cutters!

Since the IBC finals last October, many people have been asking when and where I'll be playing again. Other than sitting in with Tommie Lee Bradley & the Shuffle Brothers, a few gigs with Guy Schwartz & the New Jack Hippies and hitting a few blues jams, I've been quietly getting things ready to hit the Houston music scene and beyond.

My old friend Patrick Forster from the Blues Union was very gracious to help out on rhythm guitar/vocals for the IBC. After the IBC, my plan was to replace the rhythm guitar with keys and augment the lineup with a 2-piece horn section. Unforeseen scheduling conflicts precluded adding the horn section, so I am moving forward with the following lineup:

Michael Stone (Hammond B3/piano/vocals), Roger Tausz (bass) and John Chupin (drums/percussion), while I will be handling electric/slide/acoustic guitar and vocals.

Michael is a superb keyboardist, and brings great depth and soul to his playing from years of working with blues greats such as Milton Hopkins, IJ Gosey and Leonard "Low Down" Brown. Roger and John are themselves highly accomplished and experienced musicians; together they are a world-class rhythm section.

I have also decided to re-adopt the stage name I used some years ago in Europe - Nick Michael Taylor.

That period was by far my richest and most prolific time as a writer, recording and performing artist, and this represents a return on my part to an absolute and unswerving dedication - come what may - to writing, recording and performing music. I am therefore pleased to introduce:

NICK MICHAEL TAYLOR & THE BLUES CUTTERS

In addition to a growing body of original material, our repertoire includes songs by blues artists such as Memphis Slim, Freddie King, B.B. King, Albert King, Little Walter, Slim Harpo, Otis Rush, T-Bone Walker and Bobby Bland. We will also be doing covers from artists such as Derek & the Dominos, George Harrison, Jimi Hendrix and Blind Faith. Some acoustic material is also in the works.

Our next show will be Monday, December 23, 2013 at Birraporetti's downtown from 7:00-10:00 p.m. No cover and you're invited!

2013-14 International Blues Challenge Finals!

A big thank you to all who came out yesterday for the International Blues Challenge. And a special thank you to the Houston Blues Society - you're the best!! A lot of really great music and it was wonderful to see so many old friends again.

And ...

I'm very happy to announce that we'll be advancing to the IBC Finals at the Continental Club on October 27, 2013 along with Ezra Charles and Brad Absher. One of us will go on to represent Houston at the IBC in Memphis, Tennessee this coming January. Hats off to my old bandmate from the Blues Union Patrick Forster on guitar/vocals, Roger Tausz on bass and John Chupin on drums. Great job!!

See you at the Continental Club!!
 

3700 Main St. Houston, TX Tel: (713) 529-9899

2013-14 International Blues Challenge!

 
I'll be introducing my new quartet at the 2013-2014 International Blues Challenge this coming Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013. We'll be playing original material from my upcoming CD in addition to favorites from "Heart Full of Blues." 
 
Doors open at 1:00 p.m. This year's lineup is really outstanding, so please come on out and help support the Houston Blues Society!

Dan Electro's Guitar Bar, 1031 E 24th St, Houston, TX 77009. Telephone: 713.862.8707 

More details coming soon ...

New CD!

Michael is currently working on a new CD, which is planned for release in November 2013. While still deeply rooted in traditional blues, the new CD - as yet untitled - will feature an overall heavier rock sound along with one acoustic track. 

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