My love affair with Willy Tea Taylor began when I say him playing “Wrong Way To Run” in the trailer for Kingdom Of Survival from Slowboat Films. Problem was, he is called Willy “The Bull” Taylor in the video and I couldn’t find shit on the internets from the Bull fella whose song I loved so much. So, I put his name on my list of artists whom I’ve flirted with and want more from, and from time to time I’d Google “Willy “The Bull” Taylor”, and every time nothing. Finally, one day, in a fit of frustration, I posted the video here and asked who the fuck is this? Within 15 minutes I knew it was Willy Tea Taylor. Why it took me so long to ask is beyond me….
Willy Tea Taylor lives out in California and while I could write 200 words or so to tell you who he is and what his music is all about, he’s already done it for me in the form of the song “Life Is Beautiful”:
It’s a pinch of sorrow
Its singing in the streets like we’re all dying tomorrow
It’s playing catch with my boy
It’s a chicken fried steak
It’s I got your back whatever it takes
Sonically, Willy really reminds me of Possessed By Paul James’ counterpart, replacing Konrad’s urgency and immediacy with a calm that reminds you that, in the end, everything will be alright. Or it won’t. Either way, it will be. This album isn’t for your ears….it’s Essential Listening for your soul.