- Jim Taylor (musician)
Jim Taylor is an American folk musician who specializes in music of the
American Civil War.
Taylor was born into a musical family in western
North Carolina. His older sisters both played piano, so he grew up playing piano by ear in the lulls between their practices. His mother's parents had a their own ragtimeband that played all over the region. His grandfather was also a singing master in the Shape-note tradition. Taylor's grandmother had a degree in music from Columbia College, South Carolina. Taylor's father has a fine baritonevoice, as did his grandfather.
Taylor first became interested in
traditional musicin the early 1980s when he heard Jean Ritchiealbums and mountain dulcimer recordings. Soon afterward, he heard the hammered dulcimerand decided to learn to play it. Taylor was in school in Texasat the time and had the opportunity to learn from musicians such as Russell Cook and Dana Hamilton. Others who influenced his style were Jerry Reed Smithand Malcolm Dalglish.
1982Taylor started building hammered dulcimers and selling them. In 1989he recorded his first album, "Come Before Winter". He followed that with "The Falls of Richmond" in 1991, "Little Rose is Gone" in 1992, "The Bright Sunny South" in 1994 and "The Civil War Collection" volumes I and II.
Sheila Adams, who plays banjoon his recordings, is a nationally known traditional balladsinger, storyteller, banjo player, and author.
* "Come Before Winter" (
* "The Falls of Richmond" (
* "Little Rose is Gone" (
* "The Bright Sunny South" (
* "The Civil War Collection volume I" (
* "The Civil War Collection volume II" (
* [http://www.jimandsheila.com Official Site]
* [http://www.gourd.com Gourd Music]
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