If it's a beautiful sin, do you still have to confess?
By BY MELISSA CROWE - MCROWE@VICAD.COM
Feb. 13, 2013 at 4 p.m.
Updated Feb. 12, 2013 at 8:13 p.m.
The Scott Taylor Band will release their new album, "Beautiful Sin," this weekend.
Listeners are in store for more than those solid grooves and three-part harmonies. There are heart-reeling songs, up-tempo jams and full-on, steel guitar honky-tonk.
Scott Taylor sat down to discuss the new album, Valentine's Day and the influence that growing up in a musical home had in perfecting his blend of modern and traditional country music.
WHERE DOES THE NEW ALBUM'S NAME COME FROM?
We've been playing some of the songs for quite a while, but finally got a chance to record them.
Chad Hudson wrote "Beautiful Sin." That's where the album title came from.
It's about being 17 and having those feelings. It's timeless. The first time I heard it, it brought me back to a very specific moment. ... Anything that can take you back to a specific moment like that is precious.
WHAT ABOUT THE SONG 'ALL ABOUT THE MUSIC?'
I like country music when country music is real. It doesn't always have to be a feel-good song with a good rhythm. It needs meaning and depth, real lyrics about real life situations.
"Long, Long Time Ago" is one we recorded that fits the category.
"That Just Ain't Me" is a parallel between modern musicians and old-time cowboys - just rambling. It's a lot on the same lines like "Rambling Fever" by Merle Haggard - "My hat don't hang on the same nail too long" - but it's a totally different feel.
HOW HAS GROWING UP IN SOUTH TEXAS SHAPED THE MUSIC YOU PLAY AND THE BAND YOU'RE WITH?
It's a good reflection of the music I grew up listening to: Alan Jackson, George Strait, Joe Diffie. I stay more in the traditional, but it's not traditional as in old Hank Sr. and by far not modern like Big and Rich.
I was in Rhythm of the Road, The Emotions, The Badlandz and Husker Row. I was doing it for 12 years at that point but took a break for two years after Husker Row.
I went to work as a land man and made some good money. Right at 2009, it crashed and all of us got let go. I said let's at least go make some beer money if all we're going to do is sit on the couch and drink.
HAVE YOU FOUND A PROMOTER FOR THE ALBUM?
We met with Debbie Green, our new record promoter Friday. She took a real liking to us and vice versa. It's exciting news for us. It means we have a game plan. She promoted Toby Keith's platinum album. "Does that Blue Moon Ever Shine on You."
I'm a member of the Club at Colony Creek. I really owe Claud Jacobs a big thank you for introducing me to his longtime friends Bill Green and Debbie. Everybody needs help whether it's contacts or whatever along the way to get from point A to point B. It's very good news for us. It takes having some believers in our project and I think Debbie is a believer in what we've got going on.
WHAT'S THE NEXT STEP?
Right now, she's deciding which songs to push to radio.
Our first single that we're going to be putting out is a song called "I Hate You."
She may come up with a few different songs than what I would pick. I know she'll push "Beautiful Sin" because that's the title track.
Our next is "Ruby Red Wine," that's a real traditional, country-sounding tune. It has a fiddle and steel coming in honking right off the bat. It's up-tempo and has a good feel to it.
The other one is a song called "Chug." It's our fastest song, has a fast train beat and up-tempo. Jarrod Birmingham wrote that song. It's the jam song on the album.WITH THIS SHOW BEING VALENTINE'S DAY WEEKEND, WILL THERE BE MUCH LOVE IN THE AIR?
I'm hoping people will take their date out and buy and album for their sweetheart.
I do this song called "I Hate You." It's really a love song. It goes, "I love it when you say good morning, pouring that first cup of coffee. I love you in that dress you bought last week. ... then you walk out that door, and I hate you not here loving me. I hate you not here kissing my lips and loving my heart. I hate you not here loving me."