Spartanburg, South Carolina
Bluegrass, Country and Rock
In their teenage years, Taylor and his twin brother performed on the Grand Ole Opry with music legends Roy Acuff and Bill Monroe. They also appeared on several TV Shows, including Regis and Kathy Lee.
Claim to Fame:
Taylor set the Guinness World Record in 2007 for Fastest Banjo, performing both parts of “Dueling Banjos” at an impressive 210 beats per minute!
Love at First Sight:
- At six years old, Taylor became enamoured by the sweet sounds of a banjo player on a steamboat ride at Walt Disney World.
"I love being a part of the Gretsch family, playing Gretsch banjos and working all the Gretsch events that we do. The history of the Gretsch line is amazing and I love being a part of it — great people and great company." - to The Banjo Reserve webzine.
Did You Know?:
- His eighth and latest CD Indescribable earned six Grammy nominations.
- In 2012, the Governor of South Carolina Nicki Haley presented Taylor with the Order of the Palmetto, which is the highest civilian honor in his home state.
- Taylor was the first solo banjo musician featured on '80s radio program Rick Dees Weekly Top 40 for his brilliant arrangement and performance of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Freebird.” ---