Kate Taylor – Tickets – World Cafe Live Philadelphia – Upstairs – Philadelphia, PA – November 19th, 2017

Kate Taylor

Kate Taylor

Brian Dunne

Sun · November 19, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

World Cafe Live Philadelphia - Upstairs

$20 ADV - $22 DOS + Fees

Kate Taylor
Kate Taylor
Kate Taylor was born in Boston and raised up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She has a life surrounded by music, art and wit. Her father, Dr. Isaac Taylor, was a professor of medicine and Dean of the UNC Medical School at Chapel Hill. He had the soul of a poet. Her mother, Trudy Taylor, was a singer and an artist and craftsperson. Her brothers, Alex, James, Livingston and Hugh, are musicians, songwriters, performers and sailors. Kate sang as a youngster and had her first combo at 15. She recorded her first album; Sister Kate, in 1971 with Peter Asher. Her second album; Kate Taylor, was produced by her brother James for Columbia Records. Her third record; It’s in There and It’s Got to Come Out, was recorded at Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and produced by Barry Beckett, the keyboardist in the famed Muscle Shoals Sound rhythm section. After starting her family, her performing schedule changed as she took time to raise her daughters. Her daughters are now launched and Kate is once again bringing her original songs and her favorite covers to her beautiful audiences. Her most recent albums include Beautiful Road and Fair Time!


Kate Taylor released her first album, “Sister Kate”, on the Atlantic Records’ Cotillion label, in 1971.

In the early summer of 1969 Kate went to London to visit her brother James who had just finished recording his first record. It was on Apple Records, the Beatles’ newly formed label. James introduced Kate to his producer Peter Asher, of the famed singing duo Peter and Gordon. Peter was now producing records for the Beatles.

One day James and Kate were invited to an afternoon gathering at Peter’s country home outside of London. In the yard was an ancient and empty swimming pool made of stone. They went down into that pool and sang some of the songs that they had worked up together over the years.

Kate left London and came back home to the States. A month or so later, Peter called her on the phone, told her he was moving to Los Angeles and invited her to come to California to make a record.

This was a heady and fertile time to be in Los Angeles. The musicians gathering in that town at that time were energetic, talented and creative, and Kate and Peter made many friends. As the record was being recorded, wonderful musicians contributed their talents and songs to it.

Carole King, Linda Rondstadt, James, Peter, Elton John, Danny Kootch Kortchmar, and John Hartford were among the many artists who contributed songs, musicianship, or both to “Sister Kate”.

The record was released and Kate went on tour. The first single off the record was an Elton John tune entitled “Country Comfort” from his newly released first album; “Tumbleweed Connection”.

To this day, as Kate travels to perform, her audience continues to let her know just how much they love “Sister Kate”. Often they appear with their copy of the now 46 year old record for Kate, at long last, to sign.
Brian Dunne
Brian Dunne
Bug Fixes & Performance Improvements began as a joke, between drinks number 6 and 7 (7 and 8? Numbers unconfirmed) at a bar down the street from my apartment in Brooklyn, NY. Upon further research (Google), I could not believe there was not an album or book that bore this title so, I set out to write one. 300 songs, 2 years, and 1 near nervous breakdown later, here it lies.

In 2015 I released "Songs From The Hive," a love letter to the music of The Band and Bob Dylan, a tip of the cap (wide brimmed, brown, with a feather) to my folky heroes. And then I hit the road. I played for anybody and everybody, played everywhere anyone would take me; living rooms, cafes, clubhouses, big theaters, small theaters, movie theaters, listening rooms, college cafeterias, etc. Boasting nearly 300 shows in the year and a half that followed, I ended up finding myself in some surprisingly cool circumstances-- and some uncool ones (statute of limitations does not yet allow for me to reveal details). But what I found most liberating was that being a relative unknown had it's perks-- I was beholden to nothing. No one was expecting anything of me, except my cat, and he doesn't give a shit what goes on my record.

So it was with this in mind that I set out to write the next project. Equipped with the title only, I needed just to come up with things that I liked. Should be easy.

As it turns out, I don't like anything. Also, according to the finest head doctors of New York City, I am clinically insane. And while having a conversation with my good pal Liz Longley, who sings with me on track 5 of this here record, she said very simply "well, write about that." And there it was.

Not that this record turned out to be anything like that. Everything takes on a life of it's own, I suppose. But it was the inspiration behind the lead track, "Tell Me Something,” and the others came to me following that one. "Taxi" is a song about the pursuit of something invisible and intangible, and the risk that comes with it. "You Got Me Good" is a song about being a sucker that I wrote so I could sing it at the top of my lungs. “We Don’t Talk About It” is a reflection on how we treat the people we’re closest to, and “Chelsea Hotel” deals with the crutches we lean when our lives are too difficult to withstand. But the record didn’t really take shape until I came up with “Don’t Give Up On Me” one afternoon, sitting at my living room table. It seemed to sum up my mission statement for the whole record. It’s about the devotion to maintaining your idealism as the world makes you more cynical. It’s about putting your chips back on the table after you’ve suffered a big loss. And if you have to lose again, lose in a big way. I love that idea.

With my friend Andrew Sarlo (Big Thief, Nick Hakim, lover of burritos) at the helm, we hit the studio with a great band and tried to flesh out the musical sounds I was hearing in my head (and the other noises). After many pre-production meetings with me rambling about if Lindsay Buckingham had fronted the E Street Band, or Jim Croce on speed or something, we came up with a sound and a vibe that is the trademark of this record. If I tell you anymore, I’ll give it all away. Bill Graham said “always leave em wanting more”. I don’t do that very often. New paragraph.

I hope you like it. I’m incredibly proud of it. I’m gonna go take a nap.
Venue Information:
World Cafe Live Philadelphia - Upstairs
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104