Dennis Taylor 1953-2010 R.I.P.

 

 

Respected Nashville musician was on tour in Texas with Delbert McClinton.

 

By Fred Mills

 

He may not have been a household name, but Dennis Taylor was
certainly well-known in the Americana
and roots community as a go-to guy and a serious force of nature on the sax.
According to a report in The Tennessean, the
Nashville-based musician passed away following a heart attack on Sunday, Oct.
17, in Greenville, TX, while on tour with Delbert McClinton. He
was 56.

 

Taylor had gotten his start
as a musician in Vermont and worked for a time
in New Orleans, eventually settling in Nashville to become an
in-demand session and stage player. Along the way he performed with Buckwheat
Zydeco, Michelle Shocked, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Todd Snider, and
McClinton – he’d been in the McClinton band for the last couple of years, and
he was also prepping a solo album featuring other members of the band.

 

Todd Snider is quoted in the article as praising Taylor, saying, “He was a
free-spirited artist. His playing was so tasteful, and he was such a warm and
good person to be around. What a loss.”

 

We should add that Taylor’s widow is well-known music publicist
Karen Leipziger, whose name has graced many a return address on packages and
correspondence sent to BLURT (and Harp Magazine) over the years. Our deepest
condolences to Karen.

 

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