Taylor John Graves
Taylor John Graves
New Old Stories
Taylor John Graves
Get To Know Taylor
Taylor John Graves is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist specializing in original music over a huge range of musical styles. On stage professionally with his family band by age 11, he has spent over 2 decades performing covers from a vast pool of amazing well known artists. This exposure to a wealth of musical genres and styles has allowed Taylor to write, compose, and record songs across a similar scoping band of musical veins.
His initial release, New Old Stories, engineered and produced by David Ahlert (former personal engineer to the Jackson Family), blends Singer-Songwriter roots with an Alt-Country flavor. As the listener might find after enjoying this and following albums, much of New Old Stories sheds light on pieces of Taylor’s history with his wife Kristina. The single “Home” reminisces on a revelation Taylor had while recording in a studio in another city far from her. Writing through happy tears after a phone call with her, he establishes that no matter where two people are who love each other, home is right wherever they can take time to be together. The emotional song “Just What Rockets Do” was written in remembrance of Taylor’s first experience with familial loss when his grandfather Bill moved on to the next phase of existence. Quickly Taylor moves from the emotional spectrum to a dark, devilish world in “Somewhere Near Mexico,” where he is joined by his brother Davis Graves (featured as The Brothers Too) to really rock the scene. Taylor plays a cigar box guitar his brother built from scratch on this track, and it really grooves. “Warm,” the final track on the freshmen album, tells the story of Taylor’s marriage proposal to his wife in the hills of Gates Pass in Tucson, Arizona.
Shortly following the release of New Old Stories, Taylor released his second project with engineer and producer Dave, lovingly titled Tentacles. When Taylor and Dave decided to work on this second project together, Taylor’s diversity began to truly become apparent. Moving from the roots feel of New Old Stories, the pair laid down six unique and diverse electronic tracks . The first track on the album, “Can’t Stop,” hits a funky hard groove blending rap, soul, and pop that really catches the listener of the previous album off guard with it’s funky yet completely approachable vibe. “Time,” the second song on the EP, brings out Taylor’s bubblegum pop personality, and the third track “Freedom” dives deep into abstract electronic elements that create a one of a kind experience. Taylor even moves into the realm of Spoken Word with the number “Hold On,” which, along with the tracks “To Be With You” and “Let The TV Wait,” tell more tales of his life with his wife.
The third official release in Taylor’s career, titled Monster, moves further into the electronic vibe, diving into the “pop” end of the musical pool. The first track on the album, “Safely,” jumps right into that night Taylor knew his girlfriend, soon to be wife, wanted to say she loved him for the first time. “Up,” track three, is the first official song Taylor ever wrote back in the 90s. “Sweet” gets back into bubblegum pop, then the track “Sleeping” tells the story of Taylor’s adult life struggle with Bipolar Disorder and the role his wife has played in his recovery. In this track, he promises her that he will not vanish from life by choice, and that he will be there every night to share it as long as possible. In “Happy,” the final song on the album Monster, he admits his shortcomings as a husband, but emphasizes that he will keep on doing his best to bring happiness to their lives.
Immediately following Monster, Taylor released the album DEvils, a deep exploration into dark worlds of devilish adventure and deceit. Reaching into Dark Outlaw Country, Bluegrass, Rock, and Pop pools, Taylor pulls some truly rocking grooves out of the water. The first track “Devil Comin’ Down”' really hits it hard with a swingin’ floor and rack tom drum groove, complete with crazy slide solo, a rough, raspy vocal approach, and a chorus of ahhhs to build the moments. “A Hundred Souls” tells the tale of a man stuck in a barter with the devil, where saying goodbye to his life and family is the only option after signing the deal. The song “The Camp Burned Down” is an elaborated story of the fire that swallowed an Arizona Mining Camp in the hills of the Superstition Mountains where Taylor spent a fair share of time in his youth. Moving into the world of love and loss in the last track on DEvils, “In His Grave” is a story about a woman determined to see her husband in his grave after a marital dispute. The album tells all these stories in an easy to digest, pleasurable adventure through the darkness.
Taylor’s latest release, Together, returns to the subject of his wife for some of the moments, and hits on the general subject of love for the rest. “Love Me Like That” outlines the harsh realities that love isn’t always a picnic, but that it’s what alone can carry a couple through the rough times. Mostly a Folk Pop and Adult Contemporary album, the track “Battered Hide” peeks a bit into the electronic world once again, and the song “Hero” emphasizes the role a female figure can play in human development and hope. “Those Three Words” is a piece about loss and love, and the haunting feeling that both can leave. The final song, “We Still Hold On,” is a truthful track about struggling through the early years of marriage, and how holding on is often the right choice until the bumpy roads are paved.
Taylor is currently planning the release of his sixth album titled After The Storm, where he spreads his wings even further, diving into Nu-Disco and Funk, mastering the unique nature of the T-Pain effect, grooving into Modern Indie Folk, and finding his way through R&B and Trop Pop. Look for the release on all the major platforms very soon.