Linwood Taylor Bio
The Linwood Taylor Band
1998, 1997, 1993 WAMMIES "Best Blues Instrumentalist"
1995, 1994, 1991 WAMMIES "Best Male Blues Vocalist"
1998, 1996, 1993 WAMMIES "Best Blues Band"
"One of the Top 40 Young Blues Artists. Fast and Flashy. One
to Keep an Eye On."
Mystery Media Recording Artist Linwood Taylor's Latest CD
"Make Room For The Paying Customer" has received the praise
of Blues Critics at home and abroad. Ed Ivy of Blues Revue
says"It's a jamming record in the soaring Stratocaster tradition
of Albert King and Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Taylor always plays
tothe song." While Blues Beat Magazine offers "Taylor doesn't
seem to want to merely ape where the blues has been, but to
move it forward, making it fresh instead of a historical document.
That's nice to see.
First brought to national attention in Living Blues Magazine's
1995 feature, "Forty Under Forty", Linwood Taylor has actually
beengarnering local acclaim for nearly two decades. Taylor's
aggressive blues style is rooted in his teenage days of the
1960s. Linwood was always drawn to the electric guitar and
saved up to buy his first, a Fender Bronco! Within a few years
he had taught himself to play and was soon jamming with a
garage band to the sounds of Booker T & the MGs and Curtis
During the mid-seventies, he honed his skills jamming with
everybody who was anybody in the D.C. area including guitarist
Jimmy Thackery and Bob Margolin. Soon Taylor was offered
several regular gigs and thus the Linwood Taylor Band was
formed. The band built a following and began working as an
opener for bigger names like Johnny Copeland, Lonnie Mack,
Son Seals and Albert Collins.With his dynamic stage presence
coupled with his fiery AlbertKing/Jimi Hendrix rooted guitar work,
Taylor became a local bluesfavorite. In 1990 Linwood Taylor won
first place in the annual Baltimore Blues Society talent contest.
Since then he has been a six time winner of a Washington Area
Music Association WAMA awards.
"Ply's Bounce' [on Take This and Stay Out of Trouble!!!] is
one of the wildest guitar workouts you're likely to hear."
- Blues Access