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BEN TAYLOR plus The Lady Crooners
March 12, 2014
Soulful folk from the son of James Taylor & Carly Simon
Wednesday, Mar 12 - 8pm
- GENERAL ADMISSION: $22
- DINNER & ADMISSION: $60
- DAY OF SHOW: $25
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Ben Taylor listens and thinks. A lot. In fact, the word Word is something Ben mulls over daily. It is, when you think about it, the only word that IS what it means. The meaning of word connects us – in any language – and this idea of communication is very important to Ben, as is the paradox of an individuated consciousness (think: ego) versus collective unconscious, that which unifies us all (happiness, fear, hate, love). Heavy? Not really, just a part of the ever evolving, highly intelligent, vulnerable, loving brain of Ben Taylor, musician, son, brother, friend and deep believer. Not only has Taylor spent the past few years thinking, he has also spent a lot of time LISTENING.
Listening is Ben Taylor’s first album in four years, the last being the critically acclaimed The Legend of Kung Folk Part 1, which had CNN commenting that the album, “reflects the broad palette of pop” and Blurt Magazine declaring, “For some time now Ben’s been busy carving out a unique niche for himself in the music world.” Ben himself once described his work as “organically handcrafted songs,” and given the painstaking thought and care he puts in to his art, who are we to argue? As a successful and eclectic independent artist for the past ten years, it isn’t just anyone who takes four years to put out their next album (Listening being his fourth album).
Listening, out on Sun Pedal Recordings/ILG in August, flawlessly fuses the sounds and styles of folk, pop, soul, urban, reggae and country, and is, as Ben says, “an evolution. Some songs were actually recorded four years ago, some were recorded a few months ago, and a few recorded a few weeks ago just in time to make it. This album runs the gamut from both the production style and the period of my life in which they were recorded. These songs are little windows into the last four years of my life.” Ben was in no rush to record Listening because, for most of his career, he never limited himself with a deadline. A self-described ‘late bloomer’ musically, Ben didn’t start singing until his early 20s. The hesitation is understandable, given the daunting example of success set by his parents, James Taylor and Carly Simon. While Ben thought of other vocations he could pursue, including a wilderness guide or martial arts instructor, he was drawn to the family business. Ben had a true affinity for music, and not surprisingly, a love for words. “My scholastic career was not successful. My attention wanders, and I like to follow it. It’s a creatively lucrative process for me. My internal jukebox was always so much louder than my teachers.” Ben Taylor's website for more info
THE LADY CROONERS:
The Lady Crooners formed in 2010 as a collaboration of siblings, Nadia and Joseph Krilanovich. Song writing was a natural fit for the duo, him with a guitar, her with a love of storytelling, and both with a drive to create. Our collaborations grew to welcome the addition of gifted musicians and our first album, THE LADY CROONERS, was released in 2012.
Our second album, THE SURFACE, was released in June 2013.
Our style has been called everything from folk pop to ‘almost country’. We sing in a signature blend of sibling harmonies with vocals by, Nadia, Joseph, and Megan Krilanovich, accompanied by Kevin Conness on lead guitar, and Jason Braatz on bass. Our songwriting is honest, an anchor in a fast-paced world, with an echo of times past. We tell our stories, sharing heartache, love, laughter, and all the good stuff. We wear boots. We give every performance our all, and we always leave a crowd wanting more.
For us, music is about sharing. It’s about giving and it’s about bringing together family and friends, new and old. We are The Lady Crooners. And we celebrate sharing our authentic, darn good music with you. The Lady Crooners' website