Eric Taylor

Genres: Blues
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s


Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Taylor wrote stories as a child and later put his talent into narrative songs. He served in Vietnam, experiencing drug and alcohol problems, before befriending singer-songwriters Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt in Houston, Texas in 1969. He and his ex-wife Nanci Griffith recorded albums for the small Featherbed label (Shameless Love and Poet In My Window, respectively). Each was featured on the other’s album and Taylor’s ‘Only Lovers’ was written about their relationship. ‘Fat Babies’, co-written with Lyle Lovett, was one of the highlights of Lovett’s I Love Everybody.

Despite his talents as a performer, Taylor decided to qualify as a psychologist and devote his time to helping addicts in Houston. He sang background vocals on Griffith’s 1988 live album, One Fair Summer Evening, which included his song about the death of Crazy Horse, ‘Deadwood, South Dakota’, described by...

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