So there's a story I need to share with you about a super talented musician . . . oh, and I must admit that I have the great privilege of calling him a friend!
I met Jeff Taylor when he came to my hometown at the end of 2012/beginning of 2013. A friend of two friends, Jeff signed up to play a gig at my alma mater (shout out to the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown!) and he blew me away. That's a stupid cliché, I know, but that's exactly what he did. As soon as he started singing, I was mesmerized. Beautiful voice, I thought. And man, he plays that guitar so passionately. And . . . wow. Wow. Wow. Wow.
I got to spend some time with Jeff following that performance. At the time, he had just released an album (Frustration in Time Travel) under the name Dumpster Hunter. By the time he had left town to return to Brooklyn, I had already played this song dozens of times in my house and in my car (DISCLAIMER: it's an earworm!):
Needless to say, I was elated to hear that Jeff was returning to J-Town to play another local gig. After we exchanged big hugs (in addition to being super talented, Jeff is also super friendly!), he announced that the music that he wrote during his stay in Johnstown was recently released on an album titled "Organelle." Fast-forward to last evening, when my husband and I sat down with Jeff and our mutual friends for some good wine and good conversation. He placed a copy of "Organelle" in my hands and was even kind enough to sign the inner sleeve of this beautiful 10'' vinyl (I mean, check out the cover art, people!):
As soon as I got home last night, I spun the record and was reminded of how much I adore Jeff's voice. What is it that makes my ears swoon? Well, whatever it is, I want to share it with the world. I hope that you'll take the time to listen to Jeff's new record and consider purchasing it; you can get the entire EP in digital format for $4, and a copy of that beautiful 10'' vinyl for $20. Not bad, considering that you're supporting a professional musician with a big voice and a big heart to match.
Here's a track from the album (this one's called "River") for your sampling pleasure. I hope you'll enjoy this song as much as I do :)
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