I am beyond thrilled to announce my newest album “Dark Roast” which will be available on all streaming platforms on May 17th, 2024! Pre-save now: https://orcd.co/htdarkroast

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Check out the official Dark Roast Press Release from the Galaxie Angency and MAC Radio!

Hughes Taylor Music is proud to announce the upcoming release of their 5th studio album – “Dark Roast” which is set to drop on May 17!
The Galaxie Agency and MAC Radio Promotion is excited to be working with Hughes Taylor on this project!
Blues Rocker Hughes Taylor Wakes Up The Soul With Dark Roast new EP out May 17
“Guitar aficionados, this is your candy store” – Blues Blast
Taking cues from Southern Rocker predecessors, both past and present, Georgia native Hughes Taylor carries the torch with his own mix of blues and rock through his live shows and records, electrifying and soulful. Along with his band and other session players, they gathered in various studios, both physical and remote, with himself donning the producer’s hat to get the songs on tape along with Carl Jah of Dread Zepplin fame. The album was mixed at Capricorn Studios by Rob Evans (Chuck Leavell, Blackberry Smoke) and mastered by Chris Griffin at Griffin Mastering (drivn n cryin); Dark Roast May 17, 2024, on CPI Distribution.
This is Hughes’s fifth release, and he’s been busting at the chops to get this one out. The songs on Dark Roast are filled with greasy guitar riffs, thundering drums, a solid bassline, and Taylor’s expressive voice on top. A voice will recall Jonny Lang and Marcus King. Taylor wears his guitar influences out and proud: Stevie Ray Vaughan, David Gilmour, and Steve Gaines.
When he writes, he addresses issues that we all have – envy in “From The Other Side,” true family stories in “Ballad Of Big Bill McGuire,” and being underappreciated with love “(In The Morning) When It’s Over” – all bleed blues and rock vibes. The story behind “Ballad of Big Bill,” well, Hughes sorta holds back but tells the story like this: “It is based on a true story, something that happened back in 1899 in Mobile, AL between my great-great-great grandfather and his brother-in-law though I probably shouldn’t go into too much detail. Let’s say they definitely handled disputes differently back then than they do now…”
The video for the song is so clever and fun with the twists and turns he and his bandmates take: Ballad of Big Bill McGuire
“At times, he (Taylor) really does bring back memories of all the greats, but there is still something in his playing that sets him aside from the thousands of other pickers and strummers.” – Blues Matters
From age 13, Hughes practiced for hours, playing with his favorite guitar heroes in his bedroom. By 14, he was writing his own material and recording demos in his parent’s basement while simultaneously developing his live act by playing anywhere, anytime with anyone. He was performing professionally before he could legally drive, and by the time he started college, creating and performing music was his primary source of income. In 2016, he released his first album, Hear My Melody (2016), then Restless (2018), and sandwiched in all of that, Hughes graduated with honors from the University of North Georgia AND married the love of his life. He and his band were able to continue the live shows in between.
Hughes and his band spend a lot of time on the road all over the Southeast playing venues like Blind Willies (Atlanta, GA), Madam’s Organ (Washington, DC) and The Nick (Birmingham, Al) to name a few. Check out his website for tour dates: https://hughestaylormusic.com/
-The Galaxie Agency & MAC Radio PR