Amidst the Saturday morning haze of Forecastle, I had the chance to catch up with singer-songwriter Ben Taylor. Mid-way through a short summer tour, after a few missed calls and some minor miscommunications, I finally got Taylor on the line. The son of music legends James Taylor and Carly Simon and a sustainable agriculture advocate, Taylor is stoked for his fall tour and the upcoming release of Listening. Here's an excerpt from our conversation:
KM: As part of this new album, Listening, there are a lot of different genres mingling together. It's got quite an eclectic sound - how did that come to be?
BT: I feel like my music is really folk music for muts. I think it turns out that way because growing up I was always told there is no bad kind of music, there's just bad examples of every different kind of genre and so I really do have a very diverse appreciation for all different kinds of music. I listen to a lot of it so I suppose it influences my own artistic decisions.
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