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Julian Taylor to debut new single at this weekend’s Springtide Music Festival


As the festival season is fast approaching, I keep seeing ads and posts about a relatively new festival happening in Uxbridge, ON.

The Springtide Music Festival running this Thursday through Sunday is boasting a lineup that piqued my interest. Artists include the breakout alt-diva Begonia, Ottawa-based salt-of-the-earth duo Moonfruits, harmonious honeys The Good Lovelies, the powerhouse all-female choir Miniscule, contemporary roots singer-songwriter Mimi O’Bonsawin and more. But I’m always drawn to the award-winning Americana/folk singer-songwriter Julian Taylor who admittedly, I’ve seen perform numerous times in various configurations and have yet to be disappointed by any performance.

Julian has been part of the musical fabric and landscape in Canada for two decades. He enjoyed a breakthrough year in 2020 when his second solo acoustic album, The Ridge, earned more than five million plays on Spotify, praise from press worldwide, and airplay from America to Australia to the U.K. The album is loaded with soulful Americana and country twang.

His next solo album, Beyond the Reservoir, continued the momentum and gained huge worldwide attention as well.

Now, he has just released his second new single, “Running Away,” from his forthcoming album, Pathways, which will be released on Sept. 27, 2024, by the Howling Turtle, Inc. label.

On “Running Away,” a real change of pace in Julian’s solo work, you can feel the palpable sense of excitement as he tears through an incendiary, Muddy Waters-style, blues-rock shuffle about the effort to transcend one’s own pain. It asks the crucial question, “Am I really getting over it, or am I just running away?” Colin Linden’s masterful lead-guitar riffing crackles with energy throughout the song.

“All my life, I’ve been a huge rural blues fan,” Julian said. “My grandfather used to spin old blues records like Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee when I was a kid, so that kind of rockabilly country blues groove lives inside me. It speaks to letting go and trying to elevate oneself from burdens that have caused hurt.

“I remember sitting in the lobby of Jukasa Studio chatting with Colin Linden about what song we should tackle next. There were a few that I’d written for the album that we could have done, but we both looked at each other and said, ‘Let’s pull out your electric guitar and just turn it up.’ So, we did and blazed through the track in one take. It was just pure fun.

“I love that this is the first take of the song, right off the floor. We cut it a few more times but nothing had the electrifying spark that the first take had. I can’t wait to play this live!”

Besides the first two singles “Weighing Down,” and “Running Away,” Julian plans a few additional singles from Pathways leading up to the album release later this year, including “Sixth Line Road” on July 10th and “Pathways” (featuring Allison Russell) on Aug. 21. More details about the album will be announced soon.

Julian’s a major label veteran, Toronto music scene staple, and musical chameleon. The Globe and Mail has called him a unique and important voice on the Canadian roots-and-folk scene. His versatility as a songwriter is his signature; one minute he’s onstage playing with his band, spilling out electrified rhythm and blues glory, and the next he’s featured at a folk festival delivering a captivating solo singer-songwriter set.

At Springtide Music Festival I’ll get to see him perform with his impressive band at the Second Wedge Outdoor Stage on Saturday, June 8 at 7:00 p.m.




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