photos and review by Ben Mobley
On Thursday, November 17th, Maria Taylor stopped by the Mercury Lounge in NYC in support of her 4th solo album, Overlook. Released on Saddle Creek Records on August 16th of this year, Overlook is signature Maria Taylor — ethereal yet down-home; plaintive but complex.
Making it a truly southern (and family affair), Taylor was supported by openers The Grenadines, an unsigned psychedelic rock band from Birmingham and Dead Fingers, better known as Taylor Hollingsworth and Kate Taylor (that’d be Maria’s sister).
The beauty of Maria Taylor in the live setting is the ease with which she transitions from solo performer to supporting musician, easily finding cohesion with her supporting bandmates just moments after holding the stage on her own. Between the Mercury’s lighting and her growing bump, Taylor looked (and sounded) more radiant than ever.
The setlist, for those unable to attend:
My Favorite Love
Song Beneath The Song
In A Bad Way
Cartoons and Forever Plans
Bad Idea (with audience participation)
Encore: Good Start
Solo encore: Leap Year
Also see: Azure Ray’s Drawing Down The Moon