Eric Taylor

Equal parts singer-songwriter and word-nerd, Eric Taylor grew from a 1970's Houston songwriter circuit that included Townes Van Zandt and Steve Earle with narrative songs which came to be a major influence on Lyle Lovett and Nanci Griffith. If he never quite reached the level of success of any of the above, it's only because the extended leave of absence he took between his 1981 debut and his 1995 self-titled album. Thankfully, his output has been pretty steady since then, with several records separating 2001's Scuffletown – which, of course, has a local equivalent in Marc Carraway's band – and last year's Hollywood Pocketknife.

Eric Taylor - Manhattan Mandolin Blues
Eric Taylor - Hollywood Pocketknife
Eric Taylor - Carnival Jim and Jean