If Chip Taylor had just stopped after writing the classics Wild Thing, I Won't Let Go, Angel of the Morning and Try (Just a Little Bit Harder), his legacy would have been assured.
But Taylor has stayed active, releasing a long line of critically acclaimed albums going back to 1971's Gorgoni, Martin & Taylor.
On June 17, Taylor will release his latest, Little Brothers, on his own Train Wreck Records. Called "a charming collection filled with engaging, graceful songs that will make you both smile and think", the set was recorded at Athletic Sound in Halden, Norway and has a band that includes Goran Grini (keyboards), long-time musical compatriot John Platania (guitar), Bill Troiani (bass), and a backing chorus of Taylor's granddaughters, Riley, Kate and Sammy Ennis.
The album’s title track has special meaning to Chip Taylor. “As the song says, the episode I sing about is actually from a dream. The morning after, I called both of my brothers to document the dream so it would never be forgotten. There was lots of good natured laughter in those conversations. Later that day, I further documented the dream events with this song.”
Another special song in this collection is Times Goes By, which he dedicates to his wife, Joan. “Certainly one of my favorites of all the songs I’ve ever written, it closed most shows on my recent Sweden/Norway tour. I’ve always felt that, if a songwriter communicated an honest, passionate feeling – no matter how personal – it would connect with others. This song is a good example. On that tour, this song totally connected.”
More prolific than ever, Taylor is immediately following Little Brothers with a mini-album, I'll Carry for You. The title track was inspired by Canadian golfing sisters Brooke (currently ranked #4 in the world) and Brittany Henderson, who caddy for each other, and is a song about the power of love. The other songs have similar themes of Olympic passion, just in time for the 2016 Rio games.
The track list for Little Brothers:
- Barry and the Buffalo
- Bobby I Screwed Up
- Enlighten Yourself
- Little Brothers
- Skebo Story
- Refugee Children
- St. Joan
- Time Goes By
- Book of Hope
- Enlighten Yourself (reprise)