Taylor & Landry

Sat. Apr 21, 2018
8:00 pm

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Join us for a great evening of music as singer/songwriters, Kris Taylor and Tony Landry team up to deliver their original music as well as a duet or two of some old favourites!

Kris Taylor was born into songwriting appreciation. His father named him after Kris Kristofferson and he grew up on everything from Neil Diamond to Gordon Lightfoot.  The gift of songwriting was a language he came to understand early and by the time he left school he had given in to the intense need to share that gift.  From the humble beginnings of writing in his dormitory stairwell, Kris has traveled a long road.  His first album, “The Bigger Blue” received National radio play and a licensing deal with Tristar-Columbia pictures.  But it was after writing for his next album that he garnered the attention of Grammy nominated producer-engineer, Steven Miller (Dar Williams, Suzanne Vega).  Miller saw tremendous potential in Taylor and initiated the recording process with friends in New York and L.A..  These sessions became the major part of his 2006 release, “Nake” which was nominated for an East Coast Music Award for Pop Recording of the Year. The nomination was well deserved.

“Nake” hits hard, some songs as delicate as a butterfly and some cut with a chainsaw.  Kris evokes thought for the listener, poetry that is bitter dry and sung with heart and conviction, songs that exhibit a sense of worldliness, irenic ideals and musical maturity.

Former long-time music reviewer for The Guardian, Doug Gallant had this to say about Taylor’s third album: “Nake was a good, solid record with several great songs and represented marked growth on Taylor’s part as both a songwriter and as a performer. But as good as that record was, it pales in comparison to Taylor’s latest recording, Better Left Said.

Simply stated, Better Left Said is a career-making record. At least it should be.

The songs Taylor penned for this record elevate him to a level well beyond that achieved by either of his first two offerings. And it’s not because Taylor set out to outdo himself. In his own words, printed in the liner notes for the CD, Taylor said his goal for the album could be summed up with one word. That word was honesty.

Taylor has populated Better Left Said with heartfelt songs that speak honestly and passionately about people, places and events in his life that have special meaning to him, of experiences that have helped to shape and mould his character and of the way his perception of the world around him has changed as he grows older. His words strike home and more than once I was prompted to reflect on aspects of my own life. I suspect I won’t be the only one to do that.

In fact I challenge anyone to listen to a song like He Lasts, Taylor’s moving tribute to his grandfather, and not make a connection with someone from their own past, a father, a grandfather or perhaps a favourite uncle whose presence in their lives helped them become the people they are today.  The songs Taylor penned for this album are like so many portraits in a gallery, and, like any good portrait, how you frame it can make a difference in the way in which it is received.

For Better Left Said, that task fell to veteran American producer Doug Derryberry, whom fans of Bruce Hornsby will recognize as Hornsby’s guitarist/producer for the past 10 years. Derryberry’s production credits also include work with artists like the Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer, and Vertical Horizon, placing Taylor in very good company. Their association proved to be a highly productive one. Together they crafted an album that should delight Taylor’s existing fans and attract many new ones.”

Tony “Doc” Landry is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who first discovered his voice and a passion for songwriting in his late-thirties. Originally from Halifax, NS, Doc now lives in Charlottetown, PEI, with his wife and three sons.

Photo by: Trevor Kennedy – EyeCapture Images (www.eyecaptureimages.com)

As a songwriter, Landry meanders through musical styles like a river without a passport. He borrows from any musical style or era – weaving together elements of pop, folk, dance, country and soft rock into a seamless sound that is mature and personal. Doc’s songs are lyrically driven, witty, heartfelt, and focus on universal themes that allow his music to be relatable to a wide audience. His approach to singing is soft, emotionally driven, and exemplified by his favorite artists: Jason Mraz, John Mayer, Jack Johnson, Ed Sheeran, and James Taylor.

As a child the Halifax, Canadian-born singer/songwriter grew up playing the piano but ultimately quit due to frustrations with sight reading. It was a quarter-century later that Doc picked up a guitar for the first time and fell in love with songwriting. Driven by a longing desire to share his half-lifetime of stories and varied life experience Doc immediately starting writing songs for friends and family and hosting house concerts throughout Atlantic Canada.

In June of 2017 Doc caught the attention of acclaimed Toronto-based producer Les Cooper (Jill Barber, The Good Lovelies, Craig Cardiff, Meaghan Smith). Cooper’s musical productions have been featured on television shows such as Riverdale, Grey’s Anatomy, Brothers and Sisters, Fringe, and One Tree Hill. His productions have also won many awards including two Junos (The Good Lovelies, Meaghan Smith). Together they are in the process of creating Doc’s first studio album which is expected to release in 2018.

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