TORONTO,13.10.17- – The Julian Taylor Band has been on the move all summer, performing to adoring festival and club crowds throughout Ontario and Western Canada. While Fall touring is already in full swing for the group, they still found time to create some fine new tracks, including the new digital 45 with “Give Us A Sign” and “Lovesick Fool.” The 45 drops on October 20 and will be available on Spotify, iTunes and all major outlets. For more info please visit www.juliantaylorband.com

Media Listen/Download: Give Us A Sign: http://bit.ly/2hBQJ3T | Lovesick Fool: http://bit.ly/2wZTxJQ

The new music from the Julian Taylor Band sees Taylor moving toward splendid simplicity, and a style of writing that harkens back to simpler times…back to basics and the creative fire that initially made him want to make music. Together with his band, they do everything without trying to be anything but honest.

They’re truly a group of very talented musicians that meld extremely well.

 Recorded live-off-the-floor in one day, “Give Us A Sign,” – which has already received airplay from CBC Radio One’s Here and Now – is loosely inspired by the first song Taylor learned to play and sing, Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door.” The song is influenced by Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee, (an eight-track tape that was played endlessly while Taylor and his grandfather drove around the B.C. Lower Mainland, as he helped him make delivery calls), as well as the production sounds of STAX and Van Morrison.

 

“Give Us A Sign” reflects the times we are living in and the lyrics are introspective, hopeful and even a little ironic.

Taylor’s African-American, Canadian and Indigenous roots (his maternal family are members of the Band of Mohawks of Kahnawake) play a huge role in the music he makes and he, like his music, doesn’t quite fit into any one category,

but belongs everywhere.

 

"Lovesick Fool" is more uptempo and it was inspired by the meeting of Stanley Zappa (Frank Zappa's Nephew). He played guest sax with the Julian Taylor Band during their recent summer tour and was an encyclopedia of musical knowledge for them. The band was introduced to artists that they had never heard before like Ernie and Eddie, Jackie Ross and The Radiants. "Lovesick Fool" is highly influenced by these artists, as well as the work of Van Morrison,

Billy Joel and even Loggins and Messina.