Lynn Taylor And The BarFlies review…January 8, 2018

LYNN TAYLOR AND THE BARFLIES

STAGGERED

ROCK PAPER SCISSORS (WITH MY LOVE)–MAGNOLIA BLOOM–TELL ME THE TRUTH–IF YOU’RE GONE–STAGGERED–LEAN INTO ME–SNAKEBIT–MACON–MS. ABELIA–TURN MY WAY–SLAVE TO A FOOL–MOUNTAIN JACK MARMALADE–CRUMBLE AWAY

Lynn Taylor’s “Staggered” tackles one of life’s most difficult assignments–coping with and moving forward from the loss of a spouse.  Lynn’s wife passed last year after a bout with cancer, and these songs play out as a cathartic poultice for his soul, and he openly shares them with us.  All the cuts were written either by Lynn in whole, or in collaboration with either Will Logsdon or long-time cohort Larry O’Brien, and it was all laid down at Howard’s Apartment Studio in East Nashville.

All the cuts deal with love, loss, and carrying on, and all are of an intensely-personal nature to Lynn.  The set starts with the uncertainty involved with a lover who continually plays “Rock, Paper, Scissors with my love,” punctuated by a stinging guitar.  That youthful love, full of promise and “summer nights, gone too soon” is the theme of “Magnolia Bloom,” with fiddle from Jennifer Helenar, set over a marching  beat.  “Lean Into Me” deals with finding your rock to keep you steady during the tough times, while “Ms. Abelia” is the story of that woman we all know, who is “the lightning bug in my Mason jar.”

We had two favorites, too, both dealing with his loss.  First, “it all starts in the morning,” and “uncertainty is the only thing I can count on, If You’re Gone.”  And, the set closes with the somber look at life as the end nears, where “I can’t watch you Crumble Away.”

Tough as it had to be, Lynn Taylor has taken life’s highs, lows, ebbs, and flows  and turned them into the heartfelt sentiments echoed  in the songs of  “Staggered.”  This one reaffirms the power of music as a source of healing, and makes a bold, powerful statement.  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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