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Best I've Ever Seen

Talking with artists about concerts they'll never forget

Gary Stoller is an award-winning editor, author, and journalist. He's written for USA TODAY and loves Bob Dylan and Blue Rodeo.

Best I've Ever Seen

Talking with artists about concerts they'll never forget

Gary Stoller is an award-winning editor, author, and journalist. He's written for USA TODAY and loves Bob Dylan and Blue Rodeo.

Chip Taylor on Chasing ‘That Chill’ and Doing Music Your Own Way

Great interview Gary...a fine songwriter...

Had somehow never heard of Chip until this last January, when during dinner at a restaurant with my wife a friend at the next table asked if I was going next door to see Chip Taylor.  Said I never heard of him. Was told he wrote Wild Thing. Huh?  So I went and was stunned to read his background waiting for the show to start, the one you so nicely summarized, and to see John Platania, Van Morrison's long time guitar player for free ($15 cover, the doorman waved me in) on a snowy winter night was really cool.  Maybe 50 people. 

What a great story about a serendipitous experience Jack. To have never heard of an artist with this sort of deep and interesting history and then be able to go next door and hear him--priceless. And then to also get to hear Van Morrison's old guitarist--what an amazing treat.

I had heard of the name ever since "Wild Thing" but never heard any of his own recordings until I discovered the albums he made with Carrie Rodriguez which I thought were very good. I didn't know he had quit the music industry for so long until this posting which I enjoyed. I wonder what he thinks of his brother Jon's going over to the right in these extremely polarizing times.