Coy Taylor notes that his musical influences include Johnny Paycheck, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Waylon Jennings, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley and Luke Bryan.
“Last year I got to work with Little Jimmy Dickens on his 1954 song ‘Out Behind the Barn,’ and I am a huge Grand Ole Opry fan and I grew up just loving the Opry and the legends,” he shares.
“I love the music itself and the heritage behind it. It’s a close community and a close family. Growing up on a farm myself, I just like to sing about things that average everyday people can relate to. I love the fans in country music the most, and I haven’t really met any artist that is bigger than their song. They support live music, and they are just phenomenal followers,” Taylor acknowledges.
Regarding his newest radio single “Fall For You,” Taylor states, “it’s a song for anybody that has had a loved one in life and that relationship didn’t work out for whatever reason, such as when they come across a photo of them, that would remind them of that person, and they would fall back to that person.”
His newest EP, Bigger Than Life, is a collection of songs that either Taylor wrote, or co-wrote or had pitched to him. According to Taylor, “My producer carved out a country-rock sound, where each track is a little different. The title cut is a feel-good, roll-down-the-window type of song, and the final track, ‘Deeper Shade of Blue Collar,’ is a Friday night party song for the American worker that has struggled and works hard every day of the week, and needs to cut loose on the weekends. ”
“The first time they played me ‘Deeper Shade of Blue Collar’ I really fell in love with it, since it relates to a lot of people,” Taylor adds.
On Friday, November 18, 2011, Coy Taylor is expected to open for country singer Gretchen Wilson at the Brick Street Bar in Oxford, Ohio. “It’s really cool and an honor to open for Gretchen. I grew up in Kentucky, but I honed my skills in the tri-state area (Northern Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio). It’s going to be a sold-out show since Gretchen has had huge success in country and is a Grammy winner. I have huge respect for everything she has done with Big & Rich. I am ultra-honored to be able to do that,” he says.
On his future plans in country, Taylor reveals, “We are pushing for a major record deal, and we are promoting our new single independently at the moment. I have a good camp involved that is working with me. ‘Fall For You’ is #65 on the Billboard Indicator Charts, and we are trying to generate some bigger shows.”
Regarding his dream collaboration choice in country music, Taylor names Reba McEntire. “I am a huge fan of younger artists such as Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift, and I have a lot of respect for them, and I feel that Reba McEntire is a pioneer for these young ladies. She really works hard in staying involved in so many different things and other artists such as Blake Shelton. Reba is the godmother of country. She is the new ‘Dolly Parton’ of this era.”
“I strive to stay connected with my fans with my social networks (Facebook and Twitter), my official website, and I have the ‘Coy Taylor Trailer Trash Street Team.’ I do video blogs and e-mail blasts and I try to integrate contests with them to keep them interested,” Taylor admits.
To learn more about up-and-coming country singer Coy Taylor, visit his official website.