Taylor Carson Locally Based national touring artist.In 2010, Taylor released Defending The Name — a 16 song autobiographical epic that brought his skeletons into public view and established him as an artist to watch. Defending The Name won an INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARD and garnered praise from press, “a modern-day masterpiece” (Inner Ear Media), and artists alike, “it stands out from the crowd, just as Taylor always has” (Pat McGee). In its support, Taylor shared stages with Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers, John Hiatt, Virginia Coalition, Edwin McCain and Eric Hutchinson. The four-year arc of that record (2.5 years in the making, 1.5 years on tour) was cathartic — Taylor began the record in a dark place and emerged poised to put pen to paper for a new chapter in his life.TAYLOR CARSON’s fifth studio album in 8 years, WITH INNOCENCE, captures the sense of wonder and hope we all knew as children. It is infused with the optimism of dreams into everyday challenges and finds, with insightful observation, the good in the world around us. This summer soundtrack cleans the muddied lens and inspires the hibernating to awake and greet a new day. On the eve of its release, Taylor shared the stage with President Bill Clinton, Chelsea Clinton and pop star Carly Rae Jepsen in Washington, D.C. in support of The Millennium Network.
Brian McKenzie“…is an old soul in the body of a modern day singer songwriter. He draws on influences that range from the velvety smooth crooners of the 1940s and 50s, the heart and angst of vintage country, to the power and energy of rockabilly, vintage rock n’ roll, and adult alternative rock. He adds to that a unique sound, rich with melodic lines and introspection, and blends the ingredients into a cohesive, well mixed drink that you can easily get lost in. Brian’s music has been described as the combination of Chris Isaak, Pete Yorn, Jacob Dylan, and the Mavericks”He is a New England based singer songwriter who started his music career in the early 90s as the founding member, music writer, and guitarist of the heavy-rock band: Warner/Giant Records recording artists “Kilgore Smudge“. After parting ways with the band (and the genre, itself), Brian continued to pursue his career as a singer songwriter.
“Brian McKenzie is the real deal and an honest songwriter. He has it all. Great songs, great voice and the ability to connect on a visceral level. You owe it to yourself to check him out ! ” – Gary Mobley, Shubb Capos
“Brian’s deep writing and rich voice combine for a unique and memorable musical experience.”– LR Baggs Acoustic Electronics
“Not only does he write tremendous songs (his brand new CD, “Looking Over Yesterday,” is consistently excellent and beautifully produced) but McKenzie has an appreciation for classic American music. For every nod to Chris Isaak or the Mavericks, McKenzie offers a subtle and melodic tip of the hat to Marty Robbins or Gordon Lightfoot.” – Rick Koster (The Day Connecticut)
Brian McKenzie is a New England based singer songwriter who started his music career in the early 90s as the founding member, music writer, and guitarist of the heavy-rock band: Warner/Giant Records recording artists “Kilgore Smudge“. After parting ways with the band (and the genre, itself), Brian continued to pursue his career as a singer songwriter.
The Recording Academy placed him on the Official Ballot for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards in the following categories for the album “Resolution” (2011):
Best Country Solo Performance “Because of You”
Best Country Song “Isabel” and “Tennessee”
Best Country Album “Resolution”
Best Short Form Music Video “Waiting For You”
Brian has been endorsed by Blueridge guitars, Shubb Capos, and LR Baggs electronics. His song “40 East” landed in the Jonathan Silverman directed film “A Bet’s a Bet”.