Julian Taylor “The Ridge” (Howling Turtle Inc, 2020)

Julian Taylor is best known as the onetime front-man of Canadian rock band Staggered Crossing, and leader of his own blues/soul/rock outfit the Julian Taylor Band, but he also has a sideline going as a folky singer-songwriter in the great Canadian tradition – there’s something of Gordon Lightfoot touching a number of the songs on his latest release ‘The Ridge‘, notably on the title and opening track of the album. It’s a song about the Summers spent growing up at his grandparents’ rural home and the freedom that that allowed him – a freedom that, as a Canadian of West Indian and Mohawk descent Julian Taylor hasn’t always felt as an adult. Continue reading “Julian Taylor “The Ridge” (Howling Turtle Inc, 2020)”

Julian Taylor “Ballad Of A Young Troubadour” – Listen

When we featured his song ‘The Ridge‘ back in April I think it’s fair to say we were pretty impressed – and here we are again with his latest single ‘Ballad of a Young Troubadour‘ and again it’s impressive.  It’s a song that sees Julian Taylor reflecting on his earliest musical outings at seventeen, and then again with his first band Staggered Crossing. Continue reading “Julian Taylor “Ballad Of A Young Troubadour” – Listen”

Julian Taylor “The Ridge” – Listen

The Ridge‘ is a poetic description of nothing less than a personal idyll, which Canadian Julian Taylor has described as his “happy place“.   It’s a song that is evocative of the open spaces of Canada that follows in the exalted steps of the likes of Gordon Lightfoot.  The rural beauty that is painted in detail on ‘The Ridge‘ was in reality his grandparent’s farm in  Maple Ridge, British Columbia, which was bounded by the Golden Ears Provincial Park, as well as the Fraser and Alouette Rivers.  Continue reading “Julian Taylor “The Ridge” – Listen”