HomeVibe Presents: Adam Ezra Group
Taylor Carson, Josh Queen
3131 Walnut St.
Denver, CO, 80205
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"Band of the Year" -- 2013 New England Music Awards
"Album of the Year" -- 2012 New England Music Awards
"Song of the Year" -- 2012 New England Music Awards
The Adam Ezra Group (AEG) is not just a band; they are a force to be reckoned with musically, personally and socially. Selling records and tickets is important to AEG, but they are committed to changing the world with their songs and their actions along the way. Ezra and his band are activists and community leaders as much as they are musicians and songwriters. Ezra has spent time living out of a van, farming in Canada, volunteering for the relief effort in Kosovo, and practicing environmental geography in South Africa. Whether as a kitchen hand or carpenter, teacher, athlete, or traveler, Ezra crams it all into the music, always challenging our perspective and often teetering somewhere between the ballsy rocker and sensitive poet. Through their non profit organization, RallySound, AEG currently contributes 25% of their touring to benefit causes in communities across the country and worldwide.
The group’s live performances, sweaty, passionate affairs that have been compared to those of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, attracted the attention of Royal Avenue Records in 2010. Ezra immediately signed with Royal Avenue and began working on the album that eventually became Ragtop Angel. Royal Avenue paired the group with multiplatinum producer Aaron Johnson (best known for his work with The Fray) who has helped hone Adam’s ramblings into finely tuned songs that still retain the power and conviction developed from Ezra’s years of “do it yourself,” grassroots work ethic.
In 2011, The Adam Ezra Group released "Ragtop Angel," the group's debut recording on Royal Avenue Records. Upon it's release, "Ragtop Angel" shot to the top of the Amazon charts (peaking at #4 behind John Mayer and Sarah Bareilles) and was featured on iTunes "New and Noteworthy Rock Albums" in December of 2011. Soon after, Ragtop Angel won "Album of the Year" and "Takin' Off" won "Song of the Year" at the New England Music Awards.
Over the course of the last few years the group found themselves with a handful of acoustic songs that we loved but didn't seem to fit in the context of other albums or live shows.... What to do? They decided to put them on all on one acoustic album. The group locked themselves in a cabin in the Catskills, set up instruments and hit record. The result is the newly released "Daniel The Brave."
Having toured with Rusted Root, The Avett Brothers, Jason Mraz, Corey Smith, Deer Tick, The Goo Goo Dolls, Blues Traveler, Los Lobos, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Dwight Yoakam, Gin Blossoms, and many more, the Adam Ezra Group has graduated from the local Boston scene to the national level with a momentum that is catapulting them towards being one of the country’s most talked about bands.
"Not since Springsteen and Bono have I seen a lead singer with his talent and charisma.” -- Jack Casey, General Manager WERS radio in Boston
"They are one of the few bands out right now whose music is deep and real. It was an honor to tour with them." --Michael Glabicki, Lead Singer-Rusted Root
"Ragtop Angel will certainly arouse the critics and may finally be the glue that cements Adam Ezra in place as one of the most gifted songwriters in the country." -- Alternate Root
"Go Amaze" is Taylor Carson's 6th studio album in 10 years. From humble beginnings in the bars of DC and New York, he has shared stages coast to coast with pop stars like Eric Hutchinson, folk legends like John Hiatt and even President Bill Clinton. His music has been featured in the award-winning documentary, Dog Days, and by The Red Cross. Defending The Name (2010), won an Independent Music Award and broke the Top 100 on iTunes. With Innocence (2013), peaked at #6 on iTunes and features collaborations with Mark Roberge (O.A.R.), Andy Poliakoff (Virginia Coalition) and Stephen Kellogg. So there's the resume, but who is Taylor Carson?
We can know him through his music: The Taylor Carson on Open Invitation (2005) is a semi-cheeseball lovesick singer, on Tangled In Truth (2007) he is the energetic youth seizing the day, on Standing Alone (2008) he is a contemplative finger-picking crooner, on Defending The Name (2010) he is wrestling with his demons and in With Innocence (2013) he has emerged as a peaceful, hopeful man. 2016's Go Amaze, peaked at #8 on iTunes, and features a Taylor Carson driven by an optimistic pursuit of joy and tempered by hard-won wisdom.
"Your dreams can't come true if you don't choose to follow them" (Shine). The lyrics offer glimpses into the "quarter-life crisis" stage -- returning to the roots of family, yearning for opportunity and recognition and choosing how to approach the inevitable challenges of life: "Spending all this time wasting time / Press play, fast-forward, then complain about no rewind" (Wonder). Go Amaze comes to life under the sonic vision of producer Mark Williams along with veteran bandmates Patrick Thornton (bass) and Jamie Watkins (drums) and the music feels like the message:
"We can't let life pass us by or let our minds get ahead of us
So go amaze, share your grace, give 'em hell, show them what you're made of" (Shine)
When a chance encounter with a homeless man in a Denver parking lot left singer-songwriter Josh Queen thinking about how quickly people judge one another, a song was in the making.
There comes a time in every songwriter's life where the stories songs tell move from personal experiences to the things happening in the world around them. For this 28-year old songwriter, leaving the comforts of home in the Southeast was a catalyst for that change. The result is an introspective catalog of songs that examines the every day interactions people share and a reinvigorated passion for connecting with his audience.
Josh's love for music began at the ripe age of 12 in Aiken, SC, when he picked up his first guitar and taught himself how to play. After graduating from Clemson University, where he formed the band Upstart Jackson, Josh headed to Charlotte, North Carolina. While there, he established himself as one of the Queen City's most promising musicians, touring the Southeast with his band and recording two EPs, This Is Me Movin' On and A Life Less Deceiving. "Maybe," a single from the latter record, won Josh an Honorable Mention in the 2004 Billboard World Song Contest and was included on Alternative Addiction's Vol. 6 compilation disc.
In 2006, Josh relocated to Denver to chase his dream of being a songwriter. There, he has found his creative home, a new perspective on the world, and himself.
"Sometimes we need to be reminded that life is all about what we give back to each other," Josh says. "It's our struggles with those connections in life that make us who we are and shape the world around us."
Those connections are rife in nearly every one of Josh's songs, from the heartbreak of a loved one's illness in "Warm," the excitement of transformation in "Big Escape," or the turmoil of a friend's divorce in "Sideways." And then, there's the palpable guilt of "Strange Alibis," the chronicle of Josh's missed connection with that homeless man. Throughout, his songs capture the emotion and delicacy that play themselves out in life while the world continues to spin.
And while it spins, Josh writes.