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Nick Taylor – ‘Not Alone’ [Album Review]

On his debut album, Nick Taylor’s voice makes ‘Not Alone’ special – delightful phrasing, resonant tones, and a sense of balladry.



Nick Taylor ‘Not Alone’ album artwork
Nick Taylor ‘Not Alone’ album artwork

Austin, Texas-based singer-songwriter Nick Taylor introduces his debut album, Not Alone, produced by William Gawley, mixed and engineered by Bryce Roberts, and mastered by Mike Monseur.

Recorded at OmniSound Studios in Nashville, Not Alone includes the crème de la crème of Music City’s session players: drummer Wayne Killius, bassist Dave Francis, acoustic guitarist Pat McGrath, David Flint on electric, baritone, and acoustic guitars and mandolin, Chris Nole playing piano and keys, Deanie Richardson on fiddle, James Paul Mitchell on pedal steel guitar and dobro, and Billy Thomas supplying the background vocals.

Explaining the album’s title, Taylor says, “I decided to title the album ‘Not Alone’ for a few reasons. Ultimately what inspired the title is the opening track, ‘Dogs,’ but it reaches farther than that. I write my songs with the hope that they can foster a connection with listeners, whether through the lyrics or the composition, and I wanted to make sure the title conveyed that.”

Not Alone encompasses ten tracks, along with a bonus track. Entry points include “Dogs,” an Americana tune decorated with savors of rock and country, as well as a stellar organ braying out poignant tones. Taylor’s deep tenor is simultaneously effortless and easy on the ears.

3am On The Interstate,” vaguely reminiscent of Kris Kristofferson and Gordon Lightfoot, rides a swaying, rolling rhythm topped by Taylor’s contemplative vocals. A personal favourite because of its shimmering, misty feel, “Dead Land Future” features the luscious fiddle work of Deanie Richardson.

With its beautiful piano-laced melody, “Kentucky Girl” summons up hints of Bruce Hornsby, only with the rich vocal textures of Taylor cultivating passionate timbres, giving the song a just-right flow.

Nick Taylor, photo by Brynn Osborn

Nick Taylor, photo by Brynn Osborn

Carry You Home” conjures up suggestions of Johnny Cash blended with Gordon Lightfoot with its simple yet contagious harmonic motion and Taylor’s evocative voice, revealing flavours of hopeful expectancy.

On his debut album, Nick Taylor’s voice makes Not Alone special – delightful phrasing, resonant tones, and a sense of balladry.

Tour Dates:

7/04 – Austin, TX – Saxon Pub (Album Release Show)
8/05 – Lexington KY – Lyric Theatre (WoodSongs)

Not Alone Track Listing:

1. Dogs
2. Futures Past
3. 3am On The Interstate
4. Dead Land Future
5. Getting Along
6. Kentucky Girl
7. Heart On The Run
8. Broken Souls
9. Carry You Home
10. Songs About The Glory / Lover’s Dream

Run Time: 40:16
Release Date: June 21, 2024
Record Label: Independent