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Maria Taylor @ Drake Underground

. : : February 9th, 2014 : : . I’ve seen every Maria Taylor show performed in Toronto for the last seven years. So, although I haven’t taped a proper live show for almost a year due to gear malfunctions (the mic people blame the recorder, the recorder people blame the mics, and both will charge me an arm and a leg to verify their claims), I was compelled to break the unfortunate streak and had back out to the beautiful Drake Hotel (who, by the way, are celebrating ten years of awesome-iversary!) with minimal equipment. I wasn’t sure how it would turn out. I’ve only…

Maria Taylor @ Drake Underground

. : : November 13th, 2011 : : . Maria Taylor has unquestionably always treated Toronto very well. I’ve been following her career intently since discovering her shortly after the release of her sophomore solo album, Lynn Teeter Flower. Since then, she has made a habit of visiting Toronto twice per year, every other year, on her promotional tours or just for fun. Being north of the border, it’s not unusual for bands (especially ones so deeply entrenched in the southern hemisphere) to skip the cold and the hassle of customs, and come no closer to Toronto than New York. It’s wonderful to have…

Maria Taylor @ Horseshoe Tavern

Has it really only been two years since I last saw Maria Taylor perform a solo set in Toronto? It seems like it’s been much longer, underscored by the fact that her last trip north of the border was as a part of the duo, Azure Ray, which left me with a sour taste in my mouth and a strong desire to see another Maria Taylor showcase. I never expected at the Azure Ray show that my wish would be granted a mere six months later. Sure, it was a truncated opening set for ex-Drive By Truckers member Jason Isbell, but it was at the Horseshoe…

Maria Taylor @ El Mocambo

. : : April 17th, 2009 : : . It’s a bit weird that I’ve posted both openers for this set last May, but didn’t get around to sharing the headlining set by Maria Taylor. Don’t get me wrong — it’s not for a lack of love (in fact, Maria’s solo material is sadly missed!), or for a lack of quality (as this recording sounds great!). Really, I have no excuse other than plain old forgetfulness, and perhaps maybe fear that too many back-to-back-to-back Maria Taylor recordings would wane thin on casual readers of the blog not as totally enamored with her as I…

Azure Ray @ Horseshoe Tavern

. : : November 10th, 2010 : : . Truth be told, I’m not much of an Azure Ray fan. I’d given their albums a cursory listen, shrugged, and said to myself, “Well, that was what that was.” It’s not that I hadn’t enjoyed the songs, but nothing stayed with me for any real length of time and demanded me to revisit. They were easily digested and immediately forgotten, which is weird because I instantly fell in love with Maria Taylor, who makes up one-half of Azure Ray (alongside Orenda Fink). Same dreamy song-structures with southern country-fused influences, same haunting, reverb-drenched vocals, but the staying power?…

Maria Taylor @ Lee’s Palace

      . : : October 30th, 2007 : : . After falling in love with Maria Taylor upon an impulsive trip to see her play the Horseshoe Tavern earlier in the spring, I made sure I did whatever it took to see her perform again when she returned to town as the opening act for Josh Rouse. I rushed down to Lee’s Palace after a long day at work, paid the cover charge at the door and secured a spot against the left speaker stacks. The only thing left was to wait. And wait I did. After some time, Maria Taylor…

Maria Taylor @ Horseshoe Tavern

      . : : March 21st, 2007 : : . When I heard Maria Taylor was playing the Horseshoe Tavern, I’d never heard a single note from her oeuvre. All I knew was that she was on the same label as some of my favourites, Bright Eyes, Cursive and The Good Life, Saddle Creek. That had to show some level of quality, right? Furthermore, at the time, she was dating Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst, and surely he couldn’t love anyone who didn’t at least show a glimmer of a reflection of his musicianship and talent, right? So, I took a risk…