There has been another Baby Taylor Signing.....
Signing number 66: Saturday, January 11, 2014. Berkeley Bob's Coffee House is THE music venue in Cullman, Alabama. Owner Bob Keefe is not only a great supporter of musicians in the area, he is also a very good musician and singer/songwriter in his own right. What a priviledge it is to get to play at Berkeley Bob's!
Berkeley Bob Keefe autographing the Baby Taylor
Signing number 65: Friday, May 24, 2013. Everybody knows that I am a big fan of The Acoustic Cafe. This years festival was big, but still not as big as the year when Doc Watson was the headliner. But it was still a hoot! And I got to meet Todd Snider. What a show! You should have been there! Visit www.ToddSnider.com for more about Todd.
Todd Snider autographing the Baby Taylor
Signing number 64: Friday, May 25, 2012. I've been to every Acoustic Cafe except the very first one (I didn't know about it then). It just gets better every year! The act to get the most attention this year was The Carolina Chocolate Drops. Their Friday night show was great!
Rhiannon Giddens, Hubby Jenkins, Leyla McCalla, Dom Flemons:
The Carolina Chocolate Drops autographing the Baby Taylor
THANKS to Philip Eggers for the photos!
Signing number 63: Saturday, March 17, 2012. Talk about water under the bridge!! I used to visit with John when he worked at a Jewelry Store in Macon, GA in about 1976. We would have these long talks about... heck, I don't remember now!! John used to be the keyboard player for Wet Willie. We linked up again during a show with John, Wet Willie Bandmate Lewis Ross and Bassist Mark Brewer at Wine'd Down in Birmingham.
John Anthony autographing the Baby Taylor
Signing numbers 61 & 62: Saturday, October 8, 2011. The first Fall Acoustic Cafe in several years and what a hoot!! "Folk in the Fall" included Jeff Black and The Jim Hurst Trio. I previously met Jeff Black when he did a show for Small Stages and I'd seen Jim Hurst at previous Acoustic Cafe shows.
me with Jeff Black
Signing number 56: Friday, March 12, 2010. The man from plaid, Herb
Trotman, hosted a show at Outtakes in Homewood with
music star Claire Lynch!! What a treat!!
Claire Lynch signing the Baby Taylor.
(And THANKS to Herb for the picture!)
Signing number 55: Thursday, March 11, 2010. A great show at the Big Blue Bagle in Birmingham with Rebecca Loebe, Robby Hecht, Raina Rose & AJ Roach. What a nice evening!! I've already told Robby that I'm going to steal his song "Pot of Gold" for my next CD!
Robby Hecht signing the Baby Taylor.
Signing number 54: Thursday, October 8, 2009. Another great Small Stages show this time featuring a long time favorite of mine, James House. What a bonus... I got to open for him!! He turned BBQ into a joke.
Looking on as James House signs the Baby Taylor.
Signing number 53: Saturday, May 23, 2009. A few sprinkles of rain didn't put a damper on this years Acoustic Cafe! (Sorry, I couldn't resist). Amoung several really good performers was John Cowan. Great show!!
John Cowan playing the Baby Taylor.
Signing number 52: Saturday, December 27, 2008. Amoung many artist playing for Paul Jones' Surprise Birthday Party in Lynchburg, TN was Charlie Louvin... yes, one of the famous Louvin Brothers.
Charlie Louvin signing the Baby Taylor.
Signing number 51: Sunday, November 9, 2008. I've been a fan of Michael Reno Harrell for several years, since Philip Eggers played Michael's Southern Son CD for me during a road trip. Michael was the November Artist for another Small Stages Show - www.SmallStages.com. And what an honor to get to open for one of my personal favorite singer/songwriters. www.MichaelReno.com
Michael Reno Harrell signing the Baby Taylor.
Signing number 50: Thursday, February, 7, 2008. I had heard that Pete Kennedy was one of the top 20 guitar pickers in America. That may be true!! Pete was the February Artist for another Small Stages Show - www.SmallStages.com Pete and his wife make up The Kennedys (www.KennedysMusic.com)
Pete Kennedy signing the Baby Taylor.
Signing number 49: Friday, November, 9, 2007. Another excellent artist at another Small Stages Show - www.SmallStages.com - and this night our guest was Jack Williams. If you hear that Jack's in town, don't miss it!!
Jack Williams signing the Baby Taylor.
(Thanks to Judy Daussman for the picture!)
Signing number 48: Saturday, August 25, 2007. As many of you know, I am a part of a Birmingham group called Small Stages - www.SmallStages.com - and this night our guest was Tom Kimmel. It was a really good show! And in after the show conversation I found that Tom is also a big Jesse Winchester fan as I am!!
Tom Kimmel signing the Baby Taylor.
(Thanks to Judy Daussman for the picture!)
Signing number 47: Saturday, July 7, 2007. What a treat!! I think I surprised Dan Farmer by singing a song that he wrote, "Room For You", while playing with Joe Casey at Local Color in Springville. Then I asked him to sign the Baby Taylor. Dan is one of the best singer/songwriters in the Birmingham area! Catch his shows whenever you can!
Dan Farmer after signing the Baby Taylor.
(Thanks to Wayne Bagwell for the picture!)
Signing number 46: Saturday, May 26, 2007. Peter Rowan was the headliner at my favorite place to listen to music, The Acoustic Cafe. What a great ending to a perfect day!
Peter Rowan signing the Baby Taylor.
(Thanks to Wayne Messick for the picture!)
Signing number 45: Sunday, January 7, 2007. Kate Campbell spoke to the Birmingham Chapter of the Nashville Songwriters Association International then performed at Vestavia Hills Baptist Church. In a word... NICE.
Kate Campbell signing the Baby Taylor.
Signing number 44: Saturday, November 11, 2006, Judy and I saw Kris Kristofferson at The Alys Stephens Center in Birmingham. "Me and Bobbie McGee" has been a favorite from John Buck Wilkin's album in 1969. A big "Thank You" to Ed, Terrie and Sara at the Alys Stephens Center!!!
Kris Kristofferson signing the Baby Taylor.
Signing number 43: Sunday, October 29, 2006, Judy and I saw Joan Baez at The Alys Stephens Center in Birmingham. Well heck, we didn't get to meet her, but thanks to Ed Rosendahl and a couple of wonderful ladies who's names I do not know, Joan's autograph is now on the Baby Taylor!! Thank you Alys Stephens Staff!!!
Joan Baez holding the Baby Taylor.
THANK YOU to Crook Stewart of Crook Stewart PROduction for the photo!
Signing number 42: Saturday, October 21, 2006 after The Overalls opened for RobinElla in Opp, AL, I finally got Lamar Morris to sign the Baby Taylor. Lamar is probably the best guitar player I know. To give you a hint as to how good he is, Lamar was band leader and lead guitarist for Hank Williams, Jr. for 20 years.
Lamar Morris autographs the Baby Taylor.
Signing number 41: Saturday, May 20, 2006 at the Cigar Box Guitar Extravaganza in Huntsville, I finally got a friend and one of my favorite performers Microwave Dave Gallaher to sign the Baby Taylor. Dave is not only a great performer, he's first and foremost a great person!
Dave Gallaher signing the Baby Taylor. Thanks to Philip Eggers for the picture!
Signing number 40: Thursday, February 16, 2006. Legendary guitar player Albert Lee was at The Guitar Gallery in Pelham for a free workshop!! Another treat thanks to Dan and Scott!
Albert Lee holds the Baby Taylor. Thanks to Matt at The Guitar Gallery for the picture!
Signing number 39: Thursday, November 10, 2005. The Tony Rice Unit played The Bama Theatre in Tuscaloosa... and they played it very well!!
Tony Rice autographs the Baby Taylor outside The Bama Theatre.
Thanks to Wayne Messick for the picture.
Signing number 38: Thursday, November 10, 2005. We went to The Bama Theatre in Tuscaloosa to see the Tony Rice Unit and ran into an old friend in the lobby... Glenn Tolbert, the fastest picker in Alabama!
Glenn Tolbert signing the Baby Taylor in the lobby of The Bama Theatre.
Thanks to Wayne Messick for the picture.
Signing number 37: Saturday, October 15, 2005. I've seen this guy before, but up close he's even more amazing. Monte Montgomery played a freeby promotional gig at The Guitar Gallery... what a hoot! And he's a nice guy to boot!
Monte Montgomery checking out other autographs before signing the Baby Taylor.
Thanks to Charlie Holliday for the picture.
Signing number 36: Wednesday, April 27, 2005. These great Taylor Guitar Clinicians keep coming to town, again at The Guitar Gallery... and they never disappoint. Chris Proctor is another must see. If you haven't had the pleasure, be sure to catch him the next time he is in the area. You'll be glad you did. Learn more about Chris at www.ChrisProctor.com
Chris Proctor autographs the Baby Taylor.
Thanks to Philip Eggers for the picture.
Signing numbers 34 and 35: Friday, January 14, 2005. Not only are they good performers, they are also good people. What a delight to get to meet and chat with Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart just before a really great show at Moonlight Music Cafe in Birmingham.. Learn more about them at www.staceyandmark.com
Mark Stuart and I look on as Stacey Earle autographs the Baby Taylor.
Thanks to Judy Daussman for the picture.
Signing number 33: Wednesday, November 17, 2004, at Zydeco in Birmingham. I can now boast that Robert Earl Keen played the chorus of Swervin' In My Lane on my Baby Taylor. And he autographed it too! Yes, a lot of my friends know that I am easily entertained.
Robert Earl Keen tuning the Baby Taylor.
Thanks to Philip Eggers for the picture.
Signing number 32: Monday, October 4, 2004, at The Guitar Gallery in Pelham. The Taylor Guitar Clinicians are allways great... no exception here. Artie Traum offers a good lesson to learn from, and shows off his masterful picking without being show-off!! Get a lesson of your own at www.ArtieTraum.com
Artie Traum with the Baby Taylor (and Steve)
Thanks to Wayne Messick for the picture.
Signing number 31: Saturday June 18, 2004, at Birmingham City Stages '04.
Another one of the musical stars from "Oh Brother" and beyond, Dr. Ralph Stanley.
Dr. Ralph Stanley autographs the Baby Taylor
Signing number 30 and a pretty special one: Wednesday April 21, 2004, at Moonlight Music Cafe. If anyone were to ask, "What is the single most influential album in my life?", my answer would be, "In Search Of Food Clothing, Shelter And Sex" by John Buck Wilkin. This album was recorded in Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in about 1967 and included the first version I ever heard of Me and Bobby McGee. Glen Butts was one of the musicians on the album. I used to hear Glen play at the Down Under in Tuscaloosa a couple of years after this album came out. You may have seen Glen around Birmingham as a member of Glen & Libba / The Cast. See their website at www.glenandlibba.com
Glen Butts autographs the Baby Taylor
Signing number 28 and 29: Saturday, March 20, 2004, Judy and I saw Gillian Welch with her partner David Rawlings at WorkPlay in Birmingham. We were a little confused and disappointed at the crazy idea of removing most of the tables and chairs normally there for the patrons, but Gillian and David delivered a very good show and were both very personable and polite at the after the show 'meet and greet'.
Gillian Welch autographs the Baby Taylor --- Judy Daussman tries David Rawlings' hat
Signing number 27: Friday, February 13, 2004. What a night! Keith Harrelson operates a really cool "Listening Room" in Vestavia called Moonlight Music Cafe (www.MoonlightMusicCafe.com) and this night featured The Herb Trotman Band. Herb is celebrating 30 years at Fretted Instruments of Birmingham (www.FrettedInstruments.com).
Keith Harrelson helps steady the Baby Taylor
for Herb Trotman
Signing number 26: Thursday, January 29, 2004 at The Guitar Gallery in Tuscaloosa. My friend Wayne Messick and I went to another one of those fun Taylor Guitar Clinics... this time with Beppe Gambetta, and again a fun time was had by all!
(Thanks to Wayne for the picture!)
Flat Picker Beppe Gambetta
(No, he's not an apartment hunter)
Signing number 25: One of the high points at Whippoorwill Creek Ranch Bluegrass Festival on Friday, September 5, 2003 was hearing James and Angela McKinney's Danger In The Air. Another high point was getting James McKinney to sign the Baby Taylor!
James McKinney - Legendary Banjo Picker
Signing 22, 23, and 24: Three On A String returned to the Helena Amphitheater on August 30, 2003 and I was fortunate enough to get Bobby Horton, Brad Ryan and Jerry Ryan to autograph the Baby Taylor. These guys are first class musicians and put on one heck of a show! Find out where they'll be next on their website at http://ThreeOnAString.com
Bobby Horton, Brad Ryan and Jerry Ryan - "Three On A String"
Signing number 21: George Deavours finally had good weather for the Fall Blackwater Bluegrass Festival in Jasper and the lineup on October 12, 2002 included The Del McCoury Band. These guys are great! I had seen them as part of the Down From The Mountain Tour, but here I was able to meet Del and get his signature on the Baby Taylor. The Del McCoury Band website is at http://www.delmccouryband.com
Del McCoury autographs the Baby Taylor.
Signing number 20: The Acoustic Cafe... still my favorite music venue!! On Saturday, September 7, 2002, Vassar Clements was the headliner. http://www.vassarclements.com
Vassar Clements with the Baby Taylor
Signing number 19: The Acoustic Cafe... my favorite music venue!! On Saturday, May 25, 2002, Sam Bush was the headliner. What a GREAT show!! http://sambush.com
Sam Bush signing the Baby Taylor
Signing number 18 happened in cyberspace. I still haven't figured out how he did it. On April 28, 2002 I received an email from Rico with the picture of Bill attached saying that Bill was willing to sign the Baby Taylor. Somehow.....
I need to meet this guy "Bill" and figure out how he did this!?!
Signing number 17: My friend Charles Packard and I went to another one of those really cool Guitar Workshops sponsored by Taylor Guitars. This one again hosted by The Guitar Gallery in Birmingham and featuring Steven King on April 3, 2002. Visit the Kingster's website at http://www.kingofguitar.net
The "Kingster" signing the Baby Taylor
Signing number 15 and 16 was after the Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas concert at The Alabama Theatre on November 27th, 2001 in Birmingham. Autographs were added by Jerry Douglas and Dan Tyminski.
If I had photos, Jerry and Dan would be shown here!
Signing number 14, Tuesday, November 6th, 2001 at Zydeco in Birmingham. An evening with Mac McAnally, and what a treat. Check out the official Mac McAnally website at http://www.macmcanally.com.
Mac McAnally signs the Baby Taylor
Two in as many weeks! Signing number 13 happened on September 26, 2001 at the best Taylor Guitar Clinic yet. Dan Crary was the "Taylor Clinician" at The Guitar Gallery in Birmingham. His playing is great and he offered some good advise to want-to-be players. And on top of that, he's a cool guy! Check out his website at http://www.DanCrary.com and see more about Dan on the Taylor Guitar Website at http://www.taylorguitars.com/artists/clinicians/crary.asp
Dan Crary autographs the Baby Taylor
Signing number 12 happened September 19, 2001. We had a big night out... Charles, Philip, Elaine, Diane, Rob, Bob, Teresa, Paul, Pronce, Dan, Patty and I went to Zydeco in Birmingham to see Leo Kottke. This guy is truly a one-man band. Thanks to Philip for the photo! Visit the official Leo Kottke website at http://www.leokottke.com
Leo Kottke signing the Baby Taylor
Signing numbers nine, ten and eleven: Saturday, May 26th, 2001, The Overalls were among the lucky groups to play at The Acoustic Cafe with Doc Watson. Doc's first set was with his grandson, Richard Watson, and his second set was with Jack Lawrence. I even got a chance to talk with Doc for a few minutes. Overall, Life is good!
Doc Watson, Richard Watson and Jack Lawrence signed the Baby Taylor
Signing number eight: On Saturday, February 3rd, 2001, Judy and I saw Nanci Griffith at The Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts Center in Birmingham on the UAB Campus. Nanci performed with The Alabama Symphony. What a treat! "Thank You" to Michael Griffin for the photos! The Official Nanci Griffith Home Page is at http://www.nancigriffith.com
Nanci Griffith signing the Baby Taylor
Signing numbers six and seven: On Friday, December 8th, 2000, Judy and I saw John Prine at The Alabama Theatre in Birmingham. I've been a John Prine fan since... well, I won't go there. Let's just say I have LP's of his music. And what an added treat!! Iris DeMent came out for duets from In Spite of Ourselves. I chatted with Iris after the show and was impressed that she remembered The Overalls from Montgomery Jubilee CityFest in May '99 ( pictures at http://TheOveralls.com/jub99.html ). The only disappointment of the evening was not getting to meet John Prine but I did get an autograph. Thanks to Joe Thain for pointing me to http://www.jpshrine.org for a phenomenal amount of John Prine stuff. And there is a really good Iris DeMent website at http://www.irisdement.com.
John Prine and Iris DeMent signed the Baby Taylor
Signing numbers four and five: On Thursday, October 5th, 2000, Charles Packard went with Judy and me to see Guy Clark at Zydeco in Birmingham. He appeared with Verlon Thompson and they put on their usual GREAT show. The Official Guy Clark webpage is at www.guyclark.com.
Guy Clark and Verlon Thompson sign the Baby Taylor
Signing number three: On Saturday, September 9th, 2000, Norman Blake
was the headliner at The Acoustic Cafe in Hayden, Alabama. Steve Masterson
does this thing in the Spring and Fall of each year and it's more fun than you
could ever know without being there. Look at http://www.TheAcousticCafe.com
for more info. Here is a very good Norman Blake Bio I borrowed from The Acoustic
The man is incredible.
Norman Blake signing the Baby Taylor
On Friday, February 25, 2000, our friends Charles Packard and Philip Eggers joined Judy and me at The Guitar Gallery in Birmingham to see Doyle Dykes. He claims to be "Internationally Unknown", but there's got to be a good reason why Robert Taylor built a Limited Edition Taylor Guitar named after him! Learn more about Doyle from his homepage at http://www.doyledykes.com and on the Taylor Guitars homepage at http://www.taylorguitars.com/artists/clinicians/dykes.asp
Doyle Dykes autographs the Baby Taylor.
The first signing was on Saturday, November 13, 1999. Judy and I met Ron (my brother) and Kaye (Ron's wife) in Atlanta to go to the Jesse Winchester / Guy Clark concert at The Variety Playhouse. It was a hoot! We have been Jesse Winchester fans since his first album. (Yankee Lady is my favorite cut). Jesse has a new CD titled "Gentleman of Leisure". Learn more about him from his homepage at http://JesseWinchester.com
Jesse Winchester (left) autographed the Baby Taylor after the show.