(with Adam Chaffins)
Brit Taylor is a vision in blue when she arrives for her Holler Railbird Session in Lexington, Kentucky. It's a fitting look, too, her floating aquamarine dress celebrating what feels like a full-circle moment of sorts.
Released in February, Taylor's sophomore album Kentucky Blue sees her reflecting back on all the things she's learnt on her journey to becoming the artist and person she is today. It's a determined record, one that offers tastes of bluegrass, vintage country and a little rock-inspired honky tonk for good measure.
The title track begins her session set in a delicate and wistful manner. "I've been Texas tired, I've been New York wired, I've been Louisiana lonesome too. I've been Colorado high and I wish I was tonight, but I'm just Kentucky blue", she sings, her husband Adam Chaffins offering beautiful harmonies and some acoustic guitar backing.
'Cabin in the Woods' follows, picking up the tempo. "We live in a little cabin outside of Nashville, Tennesee with five pygmy goats all named after country music stars", Taylor shares happily. "And what else we got? We got donkeys, cats, chickens, the whole nine yards. So this is a song about our little cabin in the woods". It’s a foot-stompin’, hillbilly revival about loving the simple things in life and having friends along for the ride.
The set closes with 'Rich Little Girls', a song that addresses the lavish lifestyle more fortunate women are able to lead - "Clink clink they drink champagne / Another hundred dollars ain't no thing". It's self-affirming though, as she states, "Well everybody plays with the cards they're dealt / Everybody's gotta work it out for their self / But I wouldn't wanna be anybody else but a working girl".
Brit Taylor's songs are those of someone fun, free and wise, delivered with effortless grace and touch of joyful attitude. If Kentucky Blue was anything to go by, then we felt assured we'd be getting plenty more from Brit Taylor, but this Holler Railbird Session confirmed that for us beyond doubt.
Performing 'Kentucky Blue', 'Cabin in the Woods' and 'Rich Little Girls', this is Brit Taylor for the Holler Railbird Sessions.