Taylor played banjo and mandolin as a child, and began playing dobro at age 14, learning to use the instrument with a distinctive flat-picking style. Taylor was a member of The Folkswingers in the 1960s, who released three LPs; he recorded his debut solo effort in 1964. Later in the 1960s, he played with the Dixie Gentlemen and in John Hartford’s Aero-Plain band.
Taylor became a local Nashville, Tennessee fixture. In 1970, he co-founded the instrument shop GTR there, soon after releasing another solo album. He also co-founded the Old Time Pickin’ Parlor, a Nashville venue noted for performances of old-time music, as well as Tut Taylor’s General Store.
In a March, 1992 interview, Neil Young reported having bought Hank Williams’ Martin D-28 Guitar from Tut Taylor.
At the Grammy Awards of 1995, he was awarded the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album for his work on The Great Dobro Sessions with Jerry Douglas.
Edited by nooneastern on 4 Mar 2009, 17:23
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