Paul Taylor is synonymous with Memphis music. He is a drummer, bassist, guitarist, producer, and song writer. We talk about Memphis history, tons of music, and we also nerd out occasionally. This interview happened in the cozy confines of the Crosstown Concourse/Arts studio, an incredible creative space augmenting the arts residency program.
9:15 Paul’s parents and his upbringing around music. Transmaximus and Paul’s Stax songwriting aunt. Steve Cropper may be the reason for Paul’s existence.
13:40 John Hampton teaches Pat Taylor his craft. Crosstown Arts. Paul Learns to handle recording gear early on. Playing at Ardent at 3 years old.
18:10 “accidentally” becoming a bass player. Getting into other music. Discovering Jaco and Mike Watt
24:00 Roll of a bassist. Playing jazz. Sam Shoup gives Paul his Fender Jazz Bass
31:08 knowing how the instruments function in an ensemble. Paul on drums. “Sympathetic to what I want to hear from another instruments.” Song writing and listening more than playing. Givem’ chills
36:00 Eric Gales and other second generation Memphis musicians. Luther, Cody, and Jim Dickinson. Mudboy and the Neutrons. Studio etiquette. King’s Palace with Charlie Wood and Calvin Newborne
41:46 “can’t hang on to the concept that there was this ONE iconic time” (in Memphis music). Humans playing music…the gospel of live performance and Carl’s Wayne Krantz story.
46:33 What changes in the scene have you observed in Memphis.
50:00 The new stuff. The Old Forest Loop and New Memphis Colorways.
56:00 Rejection. These kids today…are pretty stinkin cool.
58:35 Speaking of rooms…lets talk about Crosstown Arts studio. What is it with working at home vs a work place.
1:07:49 Paul has a podcast/vlog as well
1:10:35 Ed Finney, brilliant jazz guitarist, Howard Grimes, Sam Shoup
1:13:30 Carl’s wrap up and Paul disagreeing with Carl’s 90’s assessment. Paul quits playing bass and digs into drums and we nerd out on gear…oh and the great Shawn Lane.