Whiskey Salesman to be Released May 17th
( MAY 6, 2019) Award winning songwriter and recording artist, Chip Taylor, is back with Whiskey Salesman, his upcoming new album (his 40th!) from Trainwreck Records.
Today, Taylor shares the second single from the project, I Love You Today.
If the name Chip Taylor is not immediately familiar, his work surely is. Taylor has written dozens of chart topping hits which have been performed by an innumerable number of artists over the years. His fans include;Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson Chrissie Hynde and Linda Ronstadt. His Angel of the Morning has been covered by Bonnie Tyler, Nina Simone, Crystal Gayle, Shaggy and was a #1 hit for Juice Newton. Taylor is likely best known for his timeless hit Wild Thing which alone has been covered by over 100 different artists. The anthum was hailed by Rolling Stone as one of the ‘500 Greatest Songs of All Time.’ Taylor's 2012 track, F**k All The Perfect People, has reignited due to its inclusion in the Netflix smash Sex Education.
The full album, Whiskey Salesman, will be released on May 17th. It is filled with timeless, intimate love songs - poignant, meditative odes to life. And drinking. In moderation. The spirit of the album is perhaps best captured by the videos Taylor has created for each and every song. Filmed at his own apartment and at Parnell’s, his favorite local Manhattan bar, Taylor welcomes everyone in to his warm, heartfelt world.
According to Taylor, an alternate title for the album is "Love Songs for Joan”, with many of the tracks inspired by his decades long relationship with his partner, whom he met at age 13. He described seeing her for the first time and declaring “I’m going to marry that girl,” which years later, he did. Taylor adds, "While I was in the heat of making my “Whiskey Salesman” album, my wife Joan and I made a plan. I would work all day on Friday and into the night at our New York City apartment, and she would come down from Westchester the next day and we would spend Saturday and Sunday together. But I missed her so much one Friday afternoon, that I decided to change the plan. I ran through the rain ..got to Grand Central Station.. called her on the phone and told her, ‘I’m about to hop on a train…I’ll see you in 35 minutes’ The next day I wrote “I Love You Today“ which was inspired by missing her and the events of the previous evening. It is one of my favorites of all my songs,"
Having stories to tell is the currency of a songwriter and Taylor’s extraordinary 79 year journey has provided that in abundance.Taylor became one of the pioneers of the pivotal country-rock movement as a recording artist in the 1970s. His 1973 album, Last Chance, remains a beloved cult classic. But after refusing to play by the Nashville establishment rules, Taylor gave up music for full-time professional gambling in 1980. Many years later he found his way back to music and since 2012 - save for 2015 - Taylor has released a new album every year.
“If names like Willie Nelson, Guy Clark, Kris Kristofferson and Townes Van Zandt mean anything to you, you should make a point of discovering Chip Taylor,” urges esteemed music critic Anthony DeCurtis. The Guardian newspaper agrees, “Chip Taylor, like Johnny Cash, is well worth rediscovering by a new generation.”
The Songwriter Hall of Famer will be touring in 2019 in Europe and North America playing new songs along with fan favorites and selections from his long stellar career of songwriting and performing.
Stream - I Love You Today here.
Chip Taylor is available for interview.
A partial list of his credits is here