Eric Taylor, Poetic Texas Singer-Songwriter, dead at 70

Steeped in the country blues of Lightnin’ Hopkins and Mississippi Fred McDowell, the poetry of the Beat Generation and the Southern Gothic of Tennessee Williams and Carson McCullers, Mr. Taylor’s songs fused a brooding yet tender melodicism with evocative stream-of-consciousness narration, to hypnotic effect.

The singer-songwriter Eric Taylor in 2001. He once said he hoped his music “makes people uncomfortable and makes them laugh and makes them think.”Credit…Kevin Fujii/Houston Chronicle


I feel my heart start to trembling
Whenever you’re around …

Released on February 10, 1971 and by June, Tapestry hits #1 on the albums chart It stays at the top for 15 consecutive weeks and on the tally for six years. King also becomes the first woman to take home the top Grammy prizes for Album of the Year, Record of the Year (“It’s Too Late”), Song of the Year (for Taylor’s version of “You’ve Got A Friend”) and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

Tapestry is #36 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


Legendary Songwriter David Olney Dies While Performing Onstage 

Townes Van Zandt once praised Olney by saying, “Any time anyone asks me who my favorite music writers are… I say Mozart, Lightnin Hopkins, Bob Dylan and Dave Olney. Dave Olney is one of the best songwriters I’ve ever heard – and that’s true. I mean that from my heart,”

Source: Legendary Songwriter David Olney Dies While Performing Onstage | Saving Country Music