HONEY FOR THE BISCUIT
RUF RECORDS 1225
FEELS SO GOOD–WEDDING BELLS–FAMILY TREE–WEATHERMAN–ONE AND ONLY–LITTLE MISS SUZIE–I KNEW–HOW LONG–THAT MAN–LEAVE THAT DOG ALONE–PLACES I MISS–DON’T RUSH OFF–SAME OLD THING
Altho she was raised in Dallas, Tasha Taylor’s childhood was unlike most anyone else’s. She spent a lot of her youth on the tour bus alongside her father, R & B and blues legend Johnnie Taylor, learning what it takes to become a world-class entertainer. She is a champion of the blues-infused soul that Pops was famous for, and her latest set for Ruf Records “Honey or The Biscuit,” proudly carries on that tradition.
Tasha originally studied drama at Boston University, and has had recurring roles on “Ugly Betty” and “House.” But, music is her passion, and she has scored for “Lipstick Jungle” and “Men In Trees.” On this set, she tackles things we all face in everyday life–love, relationships, and the pitfalls along the way. Through it all, she bares to us her soul in these life-lessons in song.
The set starts with Tasha moving on from a soured relationship, in the uptempo groove of “It Feels So Good when it’s over!” Her strong ties with Pops and her extended musical family is the theme of “Family Ties,” and has Keb’ Mo’ guesting on guitar and vocals, while a song co-written with Richard Fleming and Tom Hambridge is “Weatherman”—“no matter what the weather, he’s the man I want around!” This one features excellent keys work from Don Wyatt. She gets downright wistful in longing for the “Places I Miss,” and closes the set with the soulful story of cutting your losses to live your own dreams, “Same Old Thing.” Tommy Castro is her duet partner on this sweet cut.
We had two favorites, too. Get your dancin’ shoes laced up for “How Long,” a good-rockin’ tale of barroom lust, while in the time-honored tradition of “Take Care Of Your Homework, a no-good lover whose “back ain’t got no bone” gets the heave-ho in “Leave That Dog Alone!”
Tasha Taylor, with “Honey For The Biscuit,” feels that this is her most blues-oriented effort to date. We know you’ll have that same feeling after listening to one of the most exciting voices on the contemporary scene today! Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.