If you haven’t seen this great Q&A blog, “Everything Sundry” created by Kathy Sands-Boehmer, check out her indepth look at Taylor Pie’s latest creative mission, the songswarm!
The players offer their music as they back each other instrumentally on the album. Taylor Pie (Susan Taylor) has a resume in music going back to the 1960’s as a part of the Pozo Seco Singers who took their hit “Time” to the top of the charts. She fronted the City Country band in New York City in the 1970’s and traveled as a solo act during the 1980’s. Throughout her career, the art of the song was at the heart of what Taylor Pie found important about playing. She found a home in the Songswarm movement feeling that it ‘has become my favorite way to walk on a stage’. Songswarm, Vol. 1 offers two tracks from Taylor Pie as she closes out the compilation with “Peace Within” joined by George Ensle and Jack Saunders , and brings in help for “Oh, Mandolin” from Michael O’Connor and Jeff Plankenhorn to form a trio of mandolins to back her song. Greg Whitfield whispers the story of a guitar born in Nazareth, Pennsylvania with “Martin’s Song” as George Ensle strums folk blues for “Knee Deep in a River” and Jack Saunders tells the tale of a troubadour in “This Highway”. The gathering of musicians presents the gentle picking of Michael O’Connor, a South Texas Walk of Fame recipient singing his “Homesick Boy” and a hard luck story with a rambling rhythm called “Throw a Nickel”. Jeff Plankenhorn brings his own guitar creation (The Plank) into Songswarm, Vol. 1, relating a tale of temptation with “Trouble Find Me” and welcomes Taylor Pie on mandolin for a metaphoric story titled, “The Mess”.