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JOEL TAYLOR performs the song "TWO SIDES" for BalconyTV.
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PRESENTED BY NICK STUBBLEFIELD
When Sydney, Australia-turned-L.A.-based singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Joel Taylor was born, the doctor turned to his mom and asked about his name. “Like Billy Joel? Is he going to be a piano player?” Given his birthright, it’s no surprise the answer to that was in the affirmative. Taylor’s grandfather, learned to play boogie-woogie piano from Jerry Lee Lewis, performing with his brothers in Col Joye & the Joy Boys, one of Australia’s very first rock bands in the mid-‘50s, Joel learned to play New Orleans stride from his mom who learned it from her dad following in the tradition of Fats Domino, Dr. John, Ray Charles, Elton John and his namesake. On “Two Sides,” Joel is caught between his Australian legacy and his adopted home, leaving at the tender age of 18 to seek his fortune in Hollywood, where, again like his idol, plied his trade at local piano bars for a hundred dollars and the contents of a tip jar. Another new song, “What Good Is Love,” is a collaboration for Taylor with Mike Mack, who was going through some tough times and Joel filled out the song with a spontaneous improvisation that had his co-writer in tears. “Two Sides” is a song which Joel explains is about the two different aspects of his personality. “On the one hand, I’m a very easy-going, gregarious Australian who likes to have a good time,” he says. “But I can also be quiet, extremely introverted, brooding and stuck inside my own head.” Both “Two Sides” and “What Good Is Love” were recorded at various studios on the East Side of L.A and mixed by the legendary Bob Clearmountain. Committed to making it his own way in his adopted home, Joel Taylor has spent his time in Los Angeles building up to this moment.
CREDITS / SPONSORS
Producer/Talent Booker: Cindi Avnet
Videographer: Chris Graves
Recorded By: James Schumacher
Mixed By: Jeff Bates
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