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Short Bio

An old soul hailing from Macon, Georgia, USA, Hughes Taylor is an acclaimed guitarist and songwriter playing a fiery brand of blues-rock whose lineage stretches back to Stevie Ray Vaughan, Cream, and Jimi Hendrix with the inescapable influence of his hometown heroes, the Allman Brothers. His latest studio album, Modern Nostalgia, is a showcase of his signature style as a guitarist and his overall evolution as a musician, songwriter, and producer. Recorded at the legendary Capricorn Sound Studios, it’s a sweet mix of blues, blues-rock, and southern rock; a modern successor to the great music that put Capricorn on the map years ago. Modern Nostalgia was released on CD in July 2021 and has been on the US Blues-Rock Top 50 Album Chart for a consecutive 16 months.

He self-released his first full-length album, Hear My Melody, in the spring of 2016 followed by Restless in early 2018. By the summer of 2019, The Hughes Taylor Band’s sound began to coalesce and they released Good Blues, Fast, an album of classics lovingly arranged and interpreted by Taylor. In January of 2020, Hughes and his band toured the United Kingdom supporting the Heather Findlay Band. Gaining immediate popularity and positive music press reviews, the trio returned stateside just as the pandemic halted all tours and local performances. Fortunately, the last few shows of the tour were recorded, affording enough good material for the Live in the UK album he released in early 2021.

Full Bio

An old soul hailing from Macon Georgia USA, Hughes Taylor was immediately drawn to the blues when he first picked up the guitar. Two decades later, he’s become an acclaimed guitarist and songwriter playing a fiery brand of blues-rock whose power trio lineage stretches back to Stevie Ray Vaughan, Cream and Jimi Hendrix.

His latest studio album, Modern Nostalgia, is a showcase not only of his signature style as a guitarist but of his overall evolution as a musician, songwriter, and producer. Written during the pandemic and recorded at the legendary Capricorn Sound Studios, it’s a sweet mix of blues, blues-rock, and southern rock; a modern successor to the great music that put Capricorn on the map many years ago. Modern Nostalgia was released on CD in July 2021 and has been on the US Blues-Rock Top 50 Album Chart every week for the past 10 months. A limited-edition double vinyl edition was released in June, 2022.

From age 13, locked away in his bedroom, Hughes practiced for hours on end playing along with his favorite guitar heroes. By 14 he was writing his own material and recording demos in his parents’ 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.

He self-released his first full-length album of original songs, Hear My Melody, in the spring of 2016. Restless followed in early 2018, sandwiched between graduating with honors in marketing from University of North Georgia and marrying the love of his life. By the summer of 2019, The Hughes Taylor Band’s sound began to coalesce, combining his spin on the blues-rock power trio format with the inescapable influence of his hometown heroes, the Allman Brothers. Good Blues, Fast, an album of classics lovingly arranged and interpreted by Taylor was his first release to gain acclaim beyond Georgia and paved the way for the next chapter in his music journey.

In January of 2020, Hughes and his band toured the United Kingdom supporting the Heather Findlay Band. Gaining immediate popularity and positive music press reviews, the trio returned stateside just as the pandemic halted all tours and local performances. Fortunately, the last few shows of the tour were recorded, affording enough good material for the Live in the UK album he released in early 2021.

Press

Robin Askew, Bristol 24/7

“When your name is Hughes Taylor and you call your band The Hughes Taylor Band, you’re signalling to the world that there will be no fancy costumes, elaborately dressed stages or grand entrances here. It’s all about the music, man. Fortunately, the guitarist is prodigiously talented in this area, leading a sprightly trio who eschew the turgidity that so often infects those beard-stroking purist blues.” https://www.bristol247.com/culture/music/review-heather-findlay-thekla/

 

Aaron Irons, The Creek FM

“Hughes Taylor’s Modern Nostalgia is an ambitious collection of songs recorded at the storied Capricorn Sound Studios. Assembling a truly impressive array of musicians to bring his sonic vision to fruition, Taylor leads the charge with blazing guitars and a bluesy style that checks all the boxes for classic rock aficionados and modern Southern Rock enthusiasts.”
https://thecreekfm.com/2021/07/01/modern-nostalgia-hughes-taylor/

 

Hans Werksman, Here Comes the Flood

Blues guitarist Hughes Taylor plays what it says on the tin on his latest album, Modern Nostalgia. It is a mix of Chicago blues, a pinch of funk, and quite a lot of Southern rock. He makes it sound fresh and new, thanks to folks at Capricorn Sound Studios in Macon, GA, where the album was recorded. Taylor channels the fluidity of Stevie Ray Vaughn and throws in a bit of Hendrix and Rory Gallagher every now and then to spice things up. He has grown as a vocalist – this is his fourth full-length, and as per usual he switches easily between acoustic (No Evil Love) and electric (Quarantine Blues, Prettiest Thief). This album has all the trappings to get him to the next level. He has got the licks and the hooks to venture outside the borders of his native Georgia.”
https://www.herecomestheflood.com/2022/01/hughes-taylor-modern-nostalgia.html

Blues Matters Magazine

“Modern Nostalgia plays out like a rewrite of the Blues roadmap of the past 50 years, but it also shows reverence to the past. A Chicago shuffle retains all its traditional hallmarks, Texas blues retain their Lone Star signature, and a classic road song is still a classic road song. But it’s taylor’s keen songwriting sense that elevates everything and breathes new life into it all. Across the album’s 12 songs, it becomes quickly apparent he’s as adept at self-editing as he is at playing; there are no wasted notes it all still feels loose and casual with an innate sense of precision.”

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Contact

Hughes Taylor:
hughes@hughestaylormusic.com

Booking Inquiries:
booking@hughestaylormusic.com

Management:
Kevin Dick- KGD Productions
kevingdick@kgdsoundproductions.com

For everything else:
info@hughestaylormusic.com

Stage Plot

Hughes Taylor Band (Trio) Hughes Taylor Band (w/ Keys)