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Free

by Shawn Taylor

A collection of New Roots music by Shawn Taylor, featuring the Wandering Roots Band.
Genre: Folk: Fingerstyle
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1. Running Again
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2. Dime & a Bottle of Wine
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3. Time for Us
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4. Granite Highs & Muddy Lows
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5. Outside the Lines
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6. Drive
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7. Jack-a-Roe
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8. Waves
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9. Pallet
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James Velvet

(New Haven Advocate - Tuesday, March 15, 2011) Local CD: Shawn Taylor reviewed -
Shawn Taylor, Free (self-released, shawntaylortunes.com). Shawn Taylor plays his acoustic guitar Delta style, reminiscent of Mississippi John Hurt: country blues. He even does a speeded-up tribute to Hurt on “Pallet,” Taylor’s update of Hurt’s “Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor.” On “Dime and a Bottle of Wine,” an original tune, Taylor is accompanied only by Billy Bileca on upright bass, and you can hear his smooth command of the difficult finger-picking style. Free also features Jim McKeeman and Chris D’Amato on acoustic guitars and Nick Longo and Mike Marble on drums. The band drops in and out as needed, making for a good variety of feels. Anchoring the whole thing is Taylor’s voice. Described as “wonderfully damaged” by the Advocate’s own Dan Barry, it is worn but not frayed, a smoky tenor that exudes confidence and authority. This kind of command comes from live performances — not just in clubs and coffee bars, but in living rooms and on front porches as well. Taylor gigs a lot in Connecticut and the Hudson River Valley area, solo, or with various members of his band. It’s easy to imagine him weaving his own tunes flawlessly together with folk-revival classics like “Jack-A-Roe” (also covered on this CD) in his live sets. —James Velvet

Doug Liggins

Album Review: "FREE" by Shawn Taylor
by Doug Liggins
Shelton Patch 1/10/11

If you’re looking for feel good music that can compliment any lazy, sunny day, Shelton-based singer-songwriter Shawn Taylor’s new album “Free” is just what you’re looking for.

“Free” is packed with comforting stories about hanging out by rivers, getting through life, and being with the ones you love. The lyrics blend seamlessly with the few styles of acoustic rock on this disc; from the steel guitar led opener, “Running Again”, to the Jonathan Edwards-like “Time For Us”. The guitars on this album convey another level of character that builds on the lyrics; and, mixed with Shawn’s heartfelt singing, make for a great listen.

“Outside the Lines”, a folky song about a quiet Sunday afternoon, manages to capture a number of images in under a minute and a half. The simple things in life are the main focus of this song, and the gentle instrumentation reminds the listener to take it easy every now and then; that life doesn’t always have to be a rush, and it’s welcomed to do nothing but hang around once in a while.

Taylor adds his version of “Jack-a-Roe” to this album, which has previously been done by both the Grateful Dead and Bob Dylan. A fun, rollicking guitar drives the song and Taylor’s voice really brings out the sea in this interesting nautical tune.

The last song on the album, the title track, “Free”, starts with just an acoustic guitar, but is soon joined by drums and additional guitars, which is a powerful way to end the ten song disc. The lyrics to “Free” are just what the title could suggest: about being free and loving life. This song is a great way to sum up the feel of the previous songs in just over two minutes, and you’re left with positive vibes.

Overall, “Free” is a very well produced set of good time songs that will have the listener coming back again and again.

Taylor will be performing at Shelton’s Liquid Lunch (434 Howe Ave.) on January 15th, and if you want to find out how to get a copy of his CD, check out his website at www.shawntaylortunes.com.

http://shelton.patch.com/articles/album-review-free-by-shawn-taylor