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Following the Mystic Valley Band's recent reunion shows and a cover of his 2013 song "Dominos
" on the critically acclaimed Better Oblivion Community Center album (which was the only one non-original Oberst/Bridgers composition), Taylor Hollingsworth's (Conor Oberst & the Mystic Valley Band, Dead Fingers, The Dexateens) new LP Tap Dancin' Daddy is out August 2, 2019 on Flower Moon Records (the LA based label founded by Maria
Taylor of Azure Ray).Today Taylor Hollingsworth shared the title track from the forthcoming release with PopMatters. About the song, PopMatters says, "There's something beautifully fragile in Hollingsworth's performance on a song that calls to mind a '70s solo record from former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman or the country colors of Ronnie Lane's Slim Chance. And though it's a contemporary song, not a throwback, there is something about Hollingsworth's sincerity and the familiarity of the tale he tells that makes this a tune for any time." Listen here:
"Tap Dancin Daddy" follows up the release of the "Devil N Me" which premiered at Paste Magazine. About the song Paste says, "'Devil N Me' is thematic kin to Florence + The Machine's 'Shake It Off' but shares sound qualities with the latest from Gary Clark Jr.-that's to say, it's pure, hot blues. There's that sludgy guitar, smug harmonica and even what sounds like a washboard breakdown, but there's also weird pedal effects and a synthetic organ. Hollingsworth sings the blues in his gritty, old-school alto, repeating 'I've got the devil in me' until it sounds like he's finally expunged the evil from his insides."
TDD is Taylor Hollingsworth's first solo release under his own name since 2011, and coincides with his West Coast run with Better Oblivion Community Center this August. Pre-order bundles (available now) include a limited run 7" single on colored vinyl, tour exclusive cassettes, and (for those that are familiar with Taylor's on stage mannerisms) limited edition bobble heads.Hollingsworth plays The Observatory in Santa
Ana August 8th and the Wiltern in Los Angeles on August 9th, in support of Better Oblivion Community Center.
Hollingsworth's solo recordings date back to 2003, ranging from weird lo-fi blues-pop (2003's You Know That Summers Comin' and 2011's Where to Go, How to Get There and What You Should Know in Advance), to whiplash-shredding, 70's-era sing-alongs (2005's Tragic City), to flawlessly-fingerpicked-acoustic avalanche-of-tear ballads (2009's Life With a Slow Ear). In 2007, Hollingsworth ended up in Tepoztlan, Mexico to work with Conor Oberst
on what would become Conor's self-titled solo debut. Taylor contributed several original songs to Conor Oberst
and the Mystic Valley Band's (COMVB) 2009 Outer South including "Air Mattress" and "Snake Hill," and "Central City" on 2012's One of My Kind. Hollingsworth and his wife Kate released two records as Dead Fingers (recorded by Bruce Watson and released on Fat Possum records) and he's has also recorded and/or toured with Maria
Taylor, The Felice Brothers, The Dexateens, Monsieur Jeffrey Evans, Jack Oblivion, SDX and more.
Ten years on the road culminated with the Tecate-blur of a never-ending world tour with the Mystic Valley Band. When it was over, Hollingsworth went back home to Birmingham, Alabama
to start a family, buy a home, and play local gigs around town to make ends meet. This is where Taylor rediscovered what truly made him happy was just the simple creation of art and songs - free of striving for "success." He found comfort in the old school punk-rock DIY ethos and studied the minimalist folk & blues players who mastered playing to small rooms for the sole purpose of entertainment. Hollingsworth evolved his faster-than-hell-fuzzed-out style to be more folk-blues inspired finger-picking, preferring just a duo (guitar and drum) and incorporating a loop guitar pedal to keep the party atmosphere going late nights at local gigs. "I loved how the old blues guys used to be the house band somewhere, and they'd just play all the time, and go all night long. You can really get lost in the music that way." It became even more fulfilling, plus it paid the bills and he got to sleep in his own bed every night. Tap Dancin' Daddy was recorded and produced by Taylor in his humble wood-paneled basement studio in Alabama
full of old gear he's collected over the years and decorated with his weird and eclectic art. He still plays regularly in Birmingham at Marty's PM, Little
Italy, and Parkside, and you can often find him happily busking on downtown sidewalks for tips at local farmers markets, events, or parties.
Flower Moon Records was founded in 2016 by Maria
Taylor (Azure Ray), with the release of her most recent solo record, In the Next Life. FMR has also released Louis Schefano's debut solo LPOpposite Side of the World, and most recently the Azure Ray's 2018 EP, Waves. FMR is also home to Azure Ray's first two records, including their breakthrough self-titled debut, as well as Maria
Taylor's 11:11, LadyLuck, Lynn Teeter Flower and more.
July 30 - Birmingham, AL @ Saturn
August 3 - Birmingham, AL @ Secret Stages
August 8 - Santa
Ana @ The Observatory *
August 9 - Los Angeles @ The Wiltern *
August 11 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent *
August 22 - Tuscaloosa, AL @Druid City Brewery
12 - Athens GA @ Georgia Theatre Rooftop
August 16 - Birmingham AL @ Seasick Records
3 - Oxford, MS @ Proud Larry's
13 - Birmingham, AL @ The Nick