Saturday, October 6, 2012; 7:30 p.m.
Location: Strand Theatre, 345 Main Street, Rockland, Maine
Contact: K Fletcher; 207-594-0070
Ben Taylor’s memorable melodies, immaculate acoustic guitar playing and insightful, honest lyrics have been captivating fans since the moment he embarked on this journey. Making music has become as natural as breathing to Taylor. Accordingly, this approach has colored his songwriting to create music that defies genre definitions. Taylor seamlessly merges the sounds and styles of rock, pop, folk and hip-hop. His albums often run the gamut from sonically spacious acoustic numbers to layered vocals, beats and unique samples. His honest music is led by what is often described as his tuneful and expressive voice, the kind of voice that makes its impact with the smallest turn of a whispered phrase.
The son of James Taylor and Carly Simon, Taylor’s life was always centered on music. Taylor’s acclaimed previous releases include his debut album, Famous Among the Barns, and Another Run Around The Sun, which was hailed on BBC Radio 2 as “LP of the Week.” All have been released on Iris Records, owned and run by Taylor and industry veteran/musician, Larry Ciancia. It’s a place where the duo is able to control their artistic decisions and create opportunities for other like-minded artists.
Ben has performed on such national television shows as Good Morning America, The Tonight Show, The CBS Morning Show, Last Call with Carson Daly, and was featured on an A&E Biography. He also made his acting debut with a recurring role on NBC’s American Dreams as Cal, a struggling singer/songwriter. He has toured extensive for years with artists such as Blues Traveler, Sheryl Crow, Ziggy Marley and Dar Williams.
Grace Weber, the Brooklyn-based “Indie Soul Songstress” (NBC’s 1st Look), opens for Ben Taylor with music from her dubut album, Hope & Heart.