As the son of James Taylor and Carly Simon, Ben Taylor was born into a musical world with much promise. Before he turned 20, Taylor's cover of the Beatles' "I Will" landed on the soundtrack to a domestic comedy featuring Paul Reiser, Bye Bye, Love. Armed with an acoustic guitar and a headful of songs, Taylor began shaping himself into the natural singer/songwriter his parents knew he'd become. While visiting Los Angeles in late 2001, he befriended drummer Larry Ciancia (Fiona Apple, Everlast) and a musical bond was formed. Fellow musicians Adam MacDougall, Rick Musallam, and Joe Dunne joined them weeks later and the Ben Taylor Band was born. In February 2003, the band issued Famous Among the Barns and jumped on tour with folk darling Dar Williams. Taylor tapped actor/musician Kevin Bacon to produce his third outing, the sure-footed and engaging Another Run Around the Sun, followed by a string of EPs. In 2008, he released a new full-length, The Legend of Kung Folk, Pt. 1, followed by Listening in 2012. This latest record seamlessly merges the sounds and styles of folk, pop, soul, urban, reggae and country/western, running the gamut from sonically spacious acoustic numbers to multi-layered vocals and fresh beats. Taylor explains the album as “An evolution. Some songs were actually recorded four years ago, some were recorded a few months ago, and a few recorded a few weeks ago just in time to make it. This album runs the gamut from both the production style and the period of my life in which they were recorded. These songs are little windows into the last four years of my life.”

Lily Mae

Think Joni Mitchell meets Laura Marling and you’ve got a good idea as to what Lily Mae, a 17-year-old Contemporary Folk singer-songwriter, sounds like. Music industry legend and president emeritus of Blue Note Records, Bruce Lundvall says, “Lily Mae has a signature voice, writes excellent songs, and will be a future star.” She was also the WXPN Pick of the Day. Lily has been a guest on the following WXPN shows: Gene Shay's, Folk Show, Helen Leicht and The Key with John Vettese. Lily will also be a guest on WXPN's Home For The Holiday's Show. Lily has already opened for both Livingston Taylor, Ben Taylor, the Marshall Tucker Band, Jenny Owen Youngs, Toby Lightman, Joan Osborne, Amy Helm, and will be with Harry Shearer in December. Last summer Lily played several major music festivals including the Philadelphia Folk Festival (in Helen Leicht of WXPN's artist showcase), Musikfest and Black Potatoe Music Festival.



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