Long regarded as one of Canada’s finest finger-style guitarists, Rick Taylor brings a high level of energy to the stage. A 50 plus year veteran of the guitar, Rick cut his teeth on early delta blues, folk, and rock music. He has been a featured artist on numerous TV and radio shows, main stage festivals, concert halls and clubs. Rick is the recipient of the Jimmy Lewis “Life Time of the Blues Award” and 3 time winner of The Great Lakes Blues Society “Road To Memphis” competition.
With 3 solo CD’s to his credit, as well as a featured guitarist on Borealis Records “Six Strings North of the Border Vol.3”, Rick’s 2010 release “Lucky Room” garnered numerous international rave reviews, receiving heavy international airplay, and charting for 75 weeks on Roots Music Report Blues, peaking at #10 in USA and at #3 in Canada. Rick is also a member of the roots rock blues band Dashboard Rattle who’s 2019 debut album has received international acclaim and airplay.
Rick’s dynamism on guitar has led to session and sideman work with Willie P. Bennett (guitarist on “Hobos Taunt” album), Stan Rogers, Doug MacArthur, and a highly acclaimed tour with Colleen Peterson, which culminated in a nine evening engagement as opening act for Gordon Lightfoot at Massey Hall in Toronto. He also fronted his own band The Torpedoes with legendary brother Steve Taylor on drums in Southern Ontario, as well as the Rick Taylor Band which featured some of the finest blues and jazz musicians in Vancouver, and a 3 year run with Vancouver’s HARD 8; a roots-acoustic trio featuring guitar virtuoso Paul Pigat and harmonica legend Monte.
Rick is also a member of the roots rock blues band Dashboard Rattle who’s 2019 debut album has received international acclaim and airplay.
“One of the first guitar soloists I tried to copy was Rick Taylor” …Colin Linden, Nashville, Tennessee
“I’ve been listening to and have been inspired by Rick Taylor for the past 30 years…he is a legend to us!” …Tom Wilson – Blackie and The Rodeo Kings
“If I had fingers like Rick Taylor I’d cut my eyes off!” …Stanley “Buckwheat Zydeco” Dural Jr.