With his scruffy beard, pearl snap shirt and soulful blue eyes, Taylor Young certainly looks the part of a Texas born and bred singer-songwriter. However, his solo debut, Mercury Transit, reveals an artist unafraid to break from convention and unwilling to be typecast. That figures, since he’s taken such a roundabout journey to get here. As a teenager, Young broke onto the Dallas music scene as the drummer for local psychedelic heroes Hi-Fi Drowning. His frenetic-yet-flawless playing style quickly earned gigs with the likes of Young Heart Attack and The Polyphonic Spree, but after years of touring he longed to step out from behind the kit. When he finally did, Young defied expectations and co- founded folk-country duo The O’s, honing his songwriting, guitar playing and frontman presence over four albums and hundreds of live shows. With Taylor Young Band, these seemingly incongruent split personalities meet. Under the guiding hand of producer and bandmate Toby Pipes, the entire album was recorded on analog outboard equipment in Pipes’ College Station, Texas home studio. Over a year of laid-back regular sessions, the two discovered the perfect balance of Young’s uncanny gift for melody and a clever turn of phrase with Pipes’ shimmering atmospherics and pop sensibility. The result is an album that’s more power pop than country, with breezy harmonies and big hooks seasoned with just a pinch of Southern twang. Ted Lasso with a telecaster, Young imbues the entire record with relentless positivity – even against all odds. The current incarnation of Taylor Young Band sees Young and Pipes joined by guitarist Michael Smith and drummer Austin Green – further evolving and expanding the signature Americana dream pop sound established on Mercury Transit. Expect the TYB good vibes to continue into 2022, with a much-anticipated European tour and second album on the way. Until then, take a bit of advice from Young and “don’t let it bring you down, ‘cause it will always come back to you.”
About PNC Patio Sessions
Hosted right outside the Center Café, the outdoor space offers live music, beverages – including wine and beer, barista drinks and light fare. Customers can enjoy the arts scene with their drinks at Café tables and chairs and play free games including golf on our new Reliant Putting Green, corn hole, and other crowd favorites. This setting is ideally situated for downtown professionals and residents, and anyone just looking to get outside and enjoy live music at happy hour.
PNC Patio Session concerts are FREE!
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