Wjim 2007: Back to the Country
Jim Taylor has been performing professionally since 1974. The singer-songwriter's work has been praised in such magazines as Billboard, Dirty Linen and Bluegrass Unlimited. From 1976 to 1985, he led the Nashville-based Taylor & Stone Band, a six-piece country-rock outfit that toured tirelessly throughout the United States and Europe, releasing 11 singles and two albums of original songs. Since moving to Asheville in 1988, Jim has toured solo, with The Forest Hill Band, with his bluegrass group, The Shady Oak Ramblers, his "retro-folk" band, Simple Folk, and with the swing/pop/rock group, Tuxedo Junction. Jim has released five critically acclaimed solo CD's: Time Flies (1995), The Health Adventure (1998), Tell Me A Story (1999), Momentum: Songs About Science (2006), and WJIM: Back To The Country (2008). Jim also sang lead and was featured songwriter on the Forest Hill Band's 1999 CD, "Step On It." According to Jim: 'This may seem like a musical departure for me, but only if you weren't around for the "Taylor & Stone Band" era in Nashville from 1976 until 1987. Our 1980 album (remember those 12" round black vinyl things?) was titled "A Million Light Beers Away." This music is the logical follow-up to that record for me, only 27 years later. This all happened because Bill Ward wandered up after I'd sung a cheating song at Jubilee one Sunday morning and asked if I'd ever written any other country music. Bill's a human lyric factory, and over the next few months he sent me a new set of lyrics every few days!!!!!!!! Undaunted, (well, mostly) I proceeded to write tunes for about 15 of them, 10 of which appear here. It was great to have a chance to get back to the country! Thanks to Joey, Mark, Kelly & Matt for being a great country band that never was...'