35TH And Taylor review…August 13, 2016…

35TH AND TAYLOR

I KNOW YOU’RE TROUBLE

HOMESLICE ARTIST MANAGEMENT

HARD TIMES–NEW RELIGION–I KNOW YOU’RE TROUBLE–UNTIL THE END–NIGHT TERRORS–AIN’T COMING DOWN–RED LETTER–CUT YOU DOWN–FIGURE IT OUT–SOLDIERS

The talent pool of today’s youth is downright amazing.  Recent releases from Nick Schnebelen, Samantha Fish, and JL Fulks, just to name a few, show that the young’uns sho’ nuff know what they’re doing.  The four members who comprise Iowa’s 35TH And Taylor are ALL under twenty years old!  Lead singer Anna Taylor, with one of those soulfully-powerful voices reminiscent of Grace Potter or Joss Stone, got her baptism of fire as a participant in Season Six of “The Voice,” at the ripe old age of fifteen!  With that experience and exposure, the band has just completed their latest album, “I Know You’re Trouble,” with Anna on vocals and piano.  Joining her on this fine collection is original band member Evan Kaler on guitar, and new members Max Miller on drums and Jack Osborn on the bass.  The whole shootin’ match was recorded about 20 miles from us over in Franklin, with J. Hall at the helm.  As such, these ten cuts have a predominantly blues-rock vibe with a bit of an alternative bite.

Leading off, Anna’s emotions are torn in the tale of “Hard Times,” as, every time she tries to leave a lover, “something forces me to stay!” At the other end of that spectrum is the title cut, as Anna realizes “I Know You’re Trouble, but I don’t care–it just feels right.”  “Red Letter” is a song of empowerment and standing up strong, ’cause “mama didn’t raise no fool!”  Evan’s guitar wails all over this tale of the “day of reckoning!”

We had two favorites, too.  Perhaps the set’s most straight-blues-oriented track is the grungy take-down of a “thief and a black-hearted boy” who broke Anna’s heart, and now, “I’m gonna Cut You Down!” Evan’s guitar takes on a devil-at-the-Crossroads feel as Anna exacts her measure of revenge.  The set’s most powerful piece features only Anna’s voice and her piano, as she is haunted by memories of a long-gone lover, leaving her to deal with her “Night Terrors.”

35Th And Taylor look to reach a much wider audience with the release of “I Know You’re Trouble.”  They are passionate for their music, and love touring wherever and whenever they can.  For these young folks, the sky’s the limit!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

 

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