Join The Oxford American magazine and Landers FIAT of Benton at South on Main this week for the free Local Live music series. The featured artist this week is multiple blues award-winner Charlotte Taylor and Gypsy Rain. Call ahead and make a reservation to ensure your seat!
Little Rock, Arkansas singer-songwriter Charlotte Taylor has been performing since an early age. Born and raised in Heber Springs, AR., Taylor formed her first band, Project Blue in 1994 after getting hooked on the blues, and went on to record on the famed Memphis label, Hi Records. Her CD entitled “Taylor and Martinez” featuring guitarist George Martinez, was released in 2000, and received many great reviews and airplay on blues formatted radio across the U.S. and Europe, and was the first release on Hi in over 20 years.
Gypsy Rain features multi-instrumentalist Matthew Stone on guitar and pedal steel. Originally from Chicago, Stone plays with great skill and passion and excels in many genres of music. Searcy Arkansas native , Berkee School of Music graduate, and one of the original members of Project Blue, Bruce Johnston plays bass. Johnston received his doctorate in musical composition from the University of Miami, and currently teaches jazz guitar and bass at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia. John Roach has been a member of Gypsy Rain for over 10 years and attended the University of Central Arkansas in Conway where he played in the big band. Dave Williams II plays saxophone and is a University of Central Arkansas grad and a phenomenal jazz, blues, and funk brass player. Williams regularly performs at the rep and with several groups around Little Rock, and brings a wealth of musical knowledge and masterful chops to the group.
Taylor and her band Gypsy Rain have won numerous blues competitions across the mid-south, and have played on Beale St. in Memphis at B.B. King’s, The Rum Boogie, The Hard Rock Café, King’s Palace and Blues Hall and competed in the International Blues Challenge. Charlotte Taylor and Gypsy Rain have performed at many blues festivals including The Riverwalk Blues Festival in Ft Lauderdale, Fl., The Spa City Blues Festival in Hot Springs, AR., Blues Eureka in Eureka Springs, AR., and the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, AR.