There has been another Baby Taylor Signing…..
Signing number 80: Saturday, February 19, 2022: Rick Carter performed solo at Oversoul Brewing in Helena. Yes, Rick Carter, the Birmingham legend. You may remember him from Rollin’ In The Hay, Frankie Velvet, Telluride, from a number of other groups, or maybe solo.
Rick Carter with me during and after signing the Baby Taylor.
Signing number 78 & 79: Sunday, August 12, 2018: Sugarcane Jane performed at Daniel Day Gallery in Birmingham. WOW!
Savana Lee Crawford & Anthony Crawford pose after signing the Baby Taylor.
Signing number 75, 76 & 77: Saturday, August 29, 2015 Runaway Home was our guest for a fabulous evening at Small Stages in Birmingham. I got to open for them at Moonlight on the Mountain a couple of years ago, so I already knew they did good show!
Gary Culley, Malinda Fields & Mark Elliott signing the Baby Taylor as I watch.
Thanks to Mark Westfall for the photo!
Butch Hancock and son, Rory Hancock, autographing the Baby Taylor.
Will Kimbrough autographing the Baby Taylor.
Ray Wylie Hubbard autographing the Baby Taylor.
Thanks to Philip Eggers for the photo.
Signing number 70: Saturday, March 29, 2014. It was a night of fun and friends and great music at the “Stately Uppity Manor” of Jay & Leanna Randall with Kevin Welch.
Kevin Welch autographing the Baby Taylor
Signing number 69: Saturday, January 11, 2014. Berkeley
Bob’s Coffee House is THE music venue in Cullman, Alabama. Owner
Bob Keefe is not only a great supporter of musicians in the
area, he is also a very good musician and singer/songwriter in his own right.
What a priviledge it is to get to play at Berkeley Bob’s!
Berkeley Bob Keefe autographing the Baby Taylor
Signing number 68: Friday, May 24, 2013. Everybody knows that I am a big fan of The Acoustic Cafe. This years festival was big, but still not as big as the year when Doc Watson was the headliner. But it was still a hoot! And I got to meet Todd Snider. What a show! You should have been there! Visit www.ToddSnider.com for more about Todd.
Todd Snider autographing the Baby Taylor
Signing number 64, 65, 66, 67: Friday, May 25, 2012. I’ve been to every Acoustic Cafe except the very first one (I didn’t know about it then). It just gets better every year! The act to get the most attention this year was The Carolina Chocolate Drops. Their Friday night show was great!
Rhiannon Giddens, Hubby Jenkins, Leyla McCalla, Dom Flemons:
The Carolina Chocolate Drops autographing the Baby Taylor
THANKS to Philip Eggers for the photos!
Signing number 63: Saturday, March 17, 2012. Talk about water under the bridge!! I used to visit with John when he worked at a Jewelry Store in Macon, GA in about 1976. We would have these long talks about… heck, I don’t remember
now!! John used to be the keyboard player for Wet Willie.
We linked up again during a show with John, Wet Willie Bandmate Lewis Ross
and Bassist Mark Brewer at Wine’d Down in Birmingham.
John Anthony autographing the Baby Taylor
Signing numbers 61 & 62: Saturday, October 8, 2011. The first Fall Acoustic
Cafe in several years and what a hoot!! “Folk in the Fall” included
Jeff Black and The Jim Hurst Trio. I previously met Jeff Black when he did a show for Small Stages and I’d seen Jim Hurst at previous Acoustic Cafe shows.
me with Jeff Black
Signing number 60: Saturday, September 10, 2011. Birmingham NASI and Vestavia Hills Baptist Church sponsored a songwriting seminar with Pat Terry.
Following the seminar was a Pat Terry Show at Moonlight On The Mountain. Nice
seminar / nice show / nice guy!!
Pat Terry adding another autograph to the Baby Taylor.
Signing number 59: Friday, March 25, 2011. I first saw and met Kent
DuChaine at The Train Station in Tuscaloosa during a Johnny Shines
benefit show sometime in the 1990’s. He still does a great show… this time
at Danielday Gallery / Dream Mecca Studio in Birmingham.
Kent DuChaine adding his autograph to the Baby Taylor.
Signing number 58: Saturday, June 26, 2010. One of the best guitar pickers
in Birmingham! Crooked Road or The Constant Cohorts just
wouldn’t be the same without Kent Peterson. This night Kent
was playing with Dan Farmer, Janet Hall O’Neil and Marc Navez at Local
Color Cafe in Springville. They do a show you need to see!
Kent’s Facebook page is here
Kent Peterson signing the Baby Taylor.
Signing number 57: Thursday, June 24, 2010. Tommy Talton
is probably best known as being a founding member of Cowboy,
an early 70’s Macon, Georgia / Capricorn Records’ group. Man, what a picker!
Tommy Talton signing the Baby Taylor at Moonlight On The Mountain.
Signing number 56: Friday, March 12, 2010. The man from plaid, Herb
Trotman, hosted a show at Outtakes in Homewood with
music star Claire Lynch!! What a treat!!
Claire Lynch signing the Baby Taylor.
(And THANKS to Herb for the picture!)
Signing number 55: Thursday, March 11, 2010. A great show at the Big
Blue Bagle in Birmingham with Rebecca Loebe, Robby Hecht, Raina Rose & AJ Roach. What a nice evening!! I’ve already told Robby that I’m going to steal his
song “Pot of Gold” for my next CD!
Robby Hecht signing the Baby Taylor.
Signing number 54: Thursday, October 8, 2009. Another great Small
Stages show this time featuring a long time favorite of mine, James
House. What a bonus… I got to open for him!! He turned BBQ into a joke.
Looking on as James House signs the Baby Taylor.
Signing number 53: Saturday, May 23, 2009. A few sprinkles of rain didn’t put a damper on this years Acoustic Cafe! (Sorry, I couldn’t resist). Amoung several really good performers was John Cowan. Great show!!
John Cowan playing the Baby Taylor.
Signing number 52: Saturday, December 27, 2008. Amoung many artist playing
for Paul Jones‘ Surprise Birthday Party in Lynchburg, TN
was Charlie Louvin… yes, one of the famous Louvin Brothers.
Charlie Louvin signing the Baby Taylor.
Signing number 51: Sunday, November 9, 2008. I’ve been a fan of Michael
Reno Harrell for several years, since Philip Eggers played Michael’s
Southern Son CD for me during a road trip. Michael was the November
Artist for another Small Stages Show – www.SmallStages.com.
And what an honor to get to open for one of my personal favorite singer/songwriters. www.MichaelReno.com
Michael Reno Harrell signing the Baby Taylor.
Signing number 50: Thursday, February, 7, 2008. I had heard that Pete
Kennedy was one of the top 20 guitar pickers in America. That may
be true!! Pete was the February Artist for another Small Stages Show –www.SmallStages.com
Pete and his wife make up The Kennedys (www.KennedysMusic.com)
Pete Kennedy signing the Baby Taylor.
Signing number 49: Friday, November, 9, 2007. Another excellent artist at another Small Stages Show – www.SmallStages.com
– and this night our guest was Jack Williams. If you hear
that Jack’s in town, don’t miss it!!
Jack Williams signing the Baby Taylor.
(Thanks to Judy Daussman for the picture!)
Signing number 48: Saturday, August 25, 2007. As many of you know, I am a
part of a Birmingham group called Small Stages – www.SmallStages.com
– and this night our guest was Tom Kimmel. It was a really
good show! And in after the show conversation I found that Tom is also a big
Jesse Winchester fan as I am!!
Tom Kimmel signing the Baby Taylor.
(Thanks to Judy Daussman for the picture!)
Signing number 47: Saturday, July 7, 2007. What a treat!! I think I surprised
Dan Farmer by singing a song that he wrote, “Room For
You”, while playing with Joe Casey at Local Color in Springville. Then
I asked him to sign the Baby Taylor. Dan is one of the best singer/songwriters
in the Birmingham area! Catch his shows whenever you can!
Dan Farmer after signing the Baby Taylor.
(Thanks to Wayne Bagwell for the picture!)
Signing number 46: Saturday, May 26, 2007. Peter Rowan was
the headliner at my favorite place to listen to music, The Acoustic
Cafe. What a great ending to a perfect day!
Peter Rowan signing the Baby Taylor.
(Thanks to Wayne Messick for the picture!)
Signing number 45: Sunday, January 7, 2007. Kate Campbell
spoke to the Birmingham Chapter of the Nashville Songwriters Association
International then performed at Vestavia Hills Baptist Church.
In a word… NICE.
Kate Campbell signing the Baby Taylor.
Signing number 44: Saturday, November 11, 2006, Judy and I saw Kris
Kristofferson at The Alys Stephens Center in Birmingham.
“Me and Bobbie McGee” has been a favorite from John Buck Wilkin’s album in
1969. A big “Thank You” to Ed, Terrie
and Sara at the Alys Stephens Center!!!
Kris Kristofferson signing the Baby Taylor.
Signing number 43: Sunday, October 29, 2006, Judy and I saw Joan Baez
at The Alys Stephens Center in Birmingham. Well heck, we
didn’t get to meet her, but thanks to Ed Rosendahl and a couple of wonderful
ladies who’s names I do not know, Joan’s autograph is now on the Baby Taylor!!
Thank you Alys Stephens Staff!!!
Joan Baez holding the Baby Taylor.
THANK YOU to Crook Stewart of Crook Stewart PROduction for the photo!
Signing number 42: Saturday, October 21, 2006 after The Overalls
opened for RobinElla in Opp, AL, I finally got Lamar
Morris to sign the Baby Taylor. Lamar is probably the best guitar
player I know. To give you a hint as to how good he is, Lamar was band leader
and lead guitarist for Hank Williams, Jr. for 20 years.
Lamar Morris autographs the Baby Taylor.
Signing number 41: Saturday, May 20, 2006 at the Cigar Box Guitar
Extravaganza in Huntsville, I finally got a friend and one of my
favorite performers Microwave Dave Gallaher to sign the Baby
Taylor. Dave is not only a great performer, he’s first and foremost a great person!
Dave Gallaher signing the Baby Taylor. Thanks to Philip Eggers
for the picture!
Signing number 40: Thursday, February 16, 2006. Legendary guitar player Albert
Lee was at The Guitar Gallery in Pelham for a free
workshop!! Another treat thanks to Dan and Scott!
Albert Lee holds the Baby Taylor. Thanks to Matt at The
Guitar Gallery for the picture!
Signing number 39: Thursday, November 10, 2005. The Tony Rice Unit
played The Bama Theatre in Tuscaloosa… and they played
it very well!!
Tony Rice autographs the Baby Taylor outside The Bama Theatre.
Thanks to Wayne Messick for the picture.
Signing number 38: Thursday, November 10, 2005. We went to The Bama
Theatre in Tuscaloosa to see the Tony Rice Unit and ran into an old
friend in the lobby… Glenn Tolbert, the fastest picker in Alabama!
Glenn Tolbert signing the Baby Taylor in the lobby of The Bama Theatre.
Thanks to Wayne Messick for the picture.
Signing number 37: Saturday, October 15, 2005. I’ve seen this guy before,
but up close he’s even more amazing. Monte Montgomery played
a freeby promotional gig at The Guitar Gallery… what a
hoot! And he’s a nice guy to boot!
Monte Montgomery checking out other autographs before signing the Baby Taylor.
Thanks to Charlie Holliday for the picture.
Signing number 36: Wednesday, April 27, 2005. These great Taylor Guitar Clinicians keep coming to town, again at The Guitar Gallery… and they
never disappoint. Chris Proctor is another must see. If you
haven’t had the pleasure, be sure to catch him the next time he is in the
area. You’ll be glad you did. Learn more about Chris at www.ChrisProctor.com
Chris Proctor autographs the Baby Taylor.
Thanks to Philip Eggers for the picture.
Signing numbers 34 and 35: Friday, January 14, 2005. Not only are they good
performers, they are also good people. What a delight to get to meet and chat
with Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart just before
a really great show at Moonlight Music Cafe in Birmingham..
Learn more about them at www.staceyandmark.com
Mark Stuart and I look on as Stacey Earle
autographs the Baby Taylor.
Thanks to Judy Daussman for the picture.
Signing number 33: Wednesday, November 17, 2004, at Zydeco
in Birmingham. I can now boast that Robert Earl Keen played
the chorus of Swervin’ In My Lane on my Baby Taylor. And he autographed
it too! Yes, a lot of my friends know that I am easily entertained.
Robert Earl Keen tuning the Baby Taylor.
Thanks to Philip Eggers for the picture.
Signing number 32: Monday, October 4, 2004, at The Guitar Gallery
in Pelham. The Taylor Guitar Clinicians are allways great… no exception
here. Artie Traum offers a good lesson to learn from, and
shows off his masterful picking without being show-off!! Get a lesson of your
own at www.ArtieTraum.com
Artie Traum with the Baby Taylor (and Steve)
Thanks to Wayne Messick for the picture.
Signing number 31: Saturday June 18, 2004, at Birmingham City Stages ’04.
Another one of the musical stars from “Oh Brother” and beyond, Dr. Ralph Stanley.
Dr. Ralph Stanley autographs the Baby Taylor
Signing number 30 and a pretty special one: Wednesday April 21, 2004, at Moonlight
Music Cafe. If anyone were to ask, “What is the single most
influential album in my life?”, my answer would be, “In Search Of
Food Clothing, Shelter And Sex” by John Buck Wilkin. This album was recorded
in Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in about 1967 and included the first version
I ever heard of Me and Bobby McGee. Glen
Butts was one of the musicians on the album. I used to hear Glen
play at the Down Under in Tuscaloosa a couple of years after this album came
out. You may have seen Glen around Birmingham as a member of Glen
& Libba / The Cast. See their website at www.glenandlibba.com
Glen Butts autographs the Baby Taylor
Signing number 28 and 29: Saturday, March 20, 2004, Judy and I saw Gillian
Welch with her partner David Rawlings at WorkPlay
in Birmingham. We were a little confused and disappointed at the crazy idea
of removing most of the tables and chairs normally there for the patrons,
but Gillian and David delivered a very good show and were both very personable
and polite at the after the show ‘meet and greet’.
Gillian Welch autographs the Baby Taylor — Judy
Daussman tries David Rawlings‘ hat
Signing number 27: Friday, February 13, 2004. What a night! Keith
Harrelson operates a really cool “Listening Room” in Vestavia
called Moonlight Music Cafe (www.MoonlightMusicCafe.com)
and this night featured The Herb Trotman Band. Herb is celebrating
30 years at Fretted Instruments of Birmingham (www.FrettedInstruments.com).
Keith Harrelson helps steady the Baby Taylor for Herb Trotman
Signing number 26: Thursday, January 29, 2004 at The Guitar Gallery
in Tuscaloosa. My friend Wayne Messick and I went to another
one of those fun Taylor Guitar Clinics… this time with Beppe Gambetta!
(Thanks to Wayne for the picture!)
Flat Picker Beppe Gambetta
(No, he’s not an apartment hunter)
Signing number 25: One of the high points at Whippoorwill Creek Ranch
Bluegrass Festival on Friday, September 5, 2003 was hearing James
and Angela McKinney’s Danger In The Air. Another high point was getting
James McKinney to sign the Baby Taylor!
James McKinney – Legendary Banjo Picker
Signing 22, 23, and 24: Three On A String returned to the
Helena Amphitheater on August 30, 2003 and I was fortunate
enough to get Bobby Horton, Brad Ryan and Jerry Ryan to autograph
the Baby Taylor. These guys are first class musicians and put on one heck
of a show! Find out where they’ll be next on their website at http://ThreeOnAString.com
Bobby Horton, Brad Ryan and Jerry Ryan – “Three On A String”
Signing number 21: George Deavours finally had good weather for
the Fall Blackwater Bluegrass Festival in Jasper and the lineup on October
12, 2002 included The Del McCoury Band. These guys are great! I had seen
them as part of the Down From The Mountain Tour, but here I was able
to meet Del and get his signature on the Baby Taylor. The Del McCoury Band
website is at http://www.delmccouryband.com
Del McCoury autographs the Baby Taylor.
Signing number 20: The Acoustic Cafe… still my favorite music
venue!! On Saturday, September 7, 2002, Vassar Clements was the
Vassar Clements with the Baby Taylor
Signing number 19: The Acoustic Cafe… my favorite music venue!! On
Saturday, May 25, 2002, Sam Bush was the headliner. What a GREAT show!!
Sam Bush signing the Baby Taylor
Signing number 18 happened in cyberspace. I still haven’t figured out how he
did it. On April 28, 2002 I received an email from Rico with the picture of
Bill attached saying that Bill was willing to sign the Baby Taylor. Somehow…..
I need to meet this guy “Bill” and figure out how he did this!?!
Signing number 17: My friend Charles Packard and I went to another one of those
really cool Guitar Workshops sponsored by Taylor Guitars. This one again
hosted by The Guitar Gallery in Birmingham and featuring Steven King
on April 3, 2002. Visit the Kingster’s website at http://www.kingofguitar.net
The “Kingster” signing the Baby Taylor
Signing number 15 and 16 was after the Alison Krauss & Union Station
featuring Jerry Douglas concert at The Alabama Theatre on November
27th, 2001 in Birmingham. Autographs were added by Jerry Douglas and
If I had photos, Jerry and Dan would be shown here!
Signing number 14, Tuesday, November 6th, 2001 at Zydeco in Birmingham.
An evening with Mac McAnally, and what a treat. Check out the official
Mac McAnally website at http://www.macmcanally.com.
Mac McAnally signs the Baby Taylor
Two in as many weeks! Signing number 13 happened on September 26, 2001 at the
best Taylor Guitar Clinic yet. Dan Crary was the “Taylor
Clinician” at The Guitar Gallery in Birmingham. His playing is great
and he offered some good advise to want-to-be players. And on top of that, he’s
a cool guy! Check out his website at http://www.DanCrary.com
and see more about Dan on the Taylor Guitar Website at http://www.taylorguitars.com/artists/clinicians/crary.asp
Dan Crary autographs the Baby Taylor
Signing number 12 happened September 19, 2001. We had a big night out… Charles,
Philip, Elaine, Diane, Rob, Bob, Teresa, Paul, Pronce, Dan, Patty and I went
to Zydeco in Birmingham to see Leo Kottke. This guy is truly a
one-man band. Thanks to Philip for the photo! Visit the official Leo Kottke
website at http://www.leokottke.com
Leo Kottke signing the Baby Taylor
Signing numbers nine, ten and eleven: Saturday, May 26th, 2001, The Overalls
were among the lucky groups to play at The Acoustic Cafe with Doc
Watson. Doc’s first set was with his grandson, Richard Watson, and
his second set was with Jack Lawrence. I even got a chance to talk with
Doc for a few minutes. Overall, Life is good!
Doc Watson, Richard Watson and Jack Lawrence signed the Baby Taylor
Signing number eight: On Saturday, February 3rd, 2001, Judy and I saw Nanci
Griffith at The Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts Center in
Birmingham on the UAB Campus. Nanci performed with The Alabama Symphony.
What a treat! “Thank You” to Michael Griffin for the photos! The Official Nanci
Griffith Home Page is at http://www.nancigriffith.com
Nanci Griffith signing the Baby Taylor
Signing numbers six and seven: On Friday, December 8th, 2000, Judy and I saw
John Prine at The Alabama Theatre in Birmingham. I’ve been a John
Prine fan since… well, I won’t go there. Let’s just say I have LP’s of his
music. And what an added treat!! Iris DeMent came out for duets from
In Spite of Ourselves. I chatted with Iris after the show and
was impressed that she remembered The Overalls from Montgomery Jubilee
CityFest in May ’99 ( pictures at http://TheOveralls.com/jub99.html
). The only disappointment of the evening was not getting to meet John Prine
but I did get an autograph. Thanks to Joe Thain for pointing me to http://www.jpshrine.org
for a phenomenal amount of John Prine stuff. And there is a really good Iris
DeMent website at http://www.irisdement.com.
John Prine and Iris DeMent signed the Baby Taylor
Signing numbers four and five: On Thursday, October 5th, 2000, Charles Packard
went with Judy and me to see Guy Clark at Zydeco in Birmingham.
He appeared with Verlon Thompson and they put on their usual GREAT show.
The Official Guy Clark webpage is at www.guyclark.com.
Guy Clark and Verlon Thompson sign the Baby Taylor
Signing number three: On Saturday, September 9th, 2000, Norman Blake
was the headliner at The Acoustic Cafe in Hayden, Alabama. Steve Masterson
does this thing in the Spring and Fall of each year and it’s more fun than you
could ever know without being there. Look at http://www.TheAcousticCafe.com
for more info. Here is a very good Norman Blake Bio I borrowed from The Acoustic
The man is incredible.
Norman Blake signing the Baby Taylor
On Friday, February 25, 2000, our friends Charles Packard and Philip Eggers
joined Judy and me at The Guitar Gallery in Birmingham to see Doyle
Dykes. He claims to be “Internationally Unknown”, but there’s got to be
a good reason why Robert Taylor built a Limited Edition Taylor Guitar
named after him! Learn more about Doyle from his homepage at http://www.doyledykes.com
and on the Taylor Guitars homepage at http://www.taylorguitars.com/artists/clinicians/dykes.asp
Doyle Dykes autographs the Baby Taylor.
The first signing was on Saturday, November 13, 1999. Judy and I met Ron (my
brother) and Kaye (Ron’s wife) in Atlanta to go to the Jesse Winchester
/ Guy Clark concert at The Variety Playhouse. It was a hoot! We
have been Jesse Winchester fans since his first album. (Yankee Lady is
my favorite cut). Jesse has a new CD titled “Gentleman of Leisure”. Learn more
about him from his homepage at http://JesseWinchester.com
Jesse Winchester (left) autographed the Baby Taylor after the show.