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Mr Taylor’s sketchy profile claims him as “one of the newest sought after ‘thriller’ actors on the scene today”, with producers allegedly finding “his sinister voice mystifying and full of suspense, and in direct contrast to his handsome appearance”. Now this all may well be true, but what really strikes me in his delivery is the breathy, manic and nearly unhinged quality he gives these readings. In the best parts (like when the character is all worked up), there’s a real sense of low-budget madness coming across — kinda like the archetypical creep in the cellar was awarded a recording contract or something.

Host of the Roots Rock Radio podcast at

Roots Rock, which started with 100 listeners and now averages 7,500 a week, was recently reviewed in Rolling Stone magazine. Taylor also finds time to play and record occasionally with his band Richard Taylor and the Ravers.

“Initially I had maybe the first month 100 listeners. My friends mostly. I told them that, hey, I got this show, it’s going to feature independent roots rock that you’ve probably never heard of before. It’s not the majors, not that I don’t like that. I’m a big Stones fanatic. Love the Stones. And a large part of what they did in the ’60s is the criteria for roots rock.

They did the amalgam of and and a little bit of country and they were very garagey in the ’60s.

So, eventually it started growing a little bit. 150, 200. When I got to 500 I thought, wow this is fantastic. Then iTunes picked it up. I maybe at that point had about a few thousand listeners. They had it as high as 11 in their podcast directory.”

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