Send Us Victorians, part 4: Anthony Taylor, an adopted Victorian

anthonytaylorimageBefore I went to Tamworth this year, there was a lot of buzz about a young man called Anthony Taylor. “Kaz, you have to hear this guy, he is the real deal.” my friends cried. Of course, they were right. I not only saw and heard Anthony once, but several times, he was appearing with many of my favourite acts, and he was indeed, the real deal. Anthony can not only sing like a classic country music man he can also play the guitar like one. He played with the best at Tamworth, and I thought that legends like Mike Carr and Daniel Thompson’s eyes were going to pop out at times when he sang or played a tune at their Lunchtime shows. This humble, incredibly talented young man not only had his peers and heroes talking but the fans were talking too. “He takes you back.” One old cowboy told me. “Blokes like Don Williams would be proud of this young fella.” Another said. Mostly, they said that he is the real deal. In an age of country music when anything goes, and there is nothing wrong with that, blokes like Anthony remind us of where it all comes from. The following is a snippet from his website. Get on board the Taylor train, you won’t be disappointed. You can help Anthony produce his first album. Details on his Facebook page. Anthony Taylor was raised in Charters Towers, North Queensland. He started playing music from a young age and competed in various Country Music Talent Quests across Australia. Some of Anthony’s achievements include: Qld Gold Award, Gympie Muster Talent Search, Tamworth Entertainer of the Year, North Qld Champion of Champions, Queensland Champion of Champions and Tamworth Starmaker Finalist. Anthony was also a regular on the North Queensland Showcase. After completing the College Of Country Music and a two year tour with the Brian Young Show, Anthony moved back to Charters Towers and joined the Gough Brothers band “Pickhandle” (Qld Gold Award 2002 Winners) Pickhandle recorded a 3 track EP then released it under the new name of the “Basalt River Boys”. They travelled around Australia doing shows and also went to Tamworth and played 32 gigs in ten days where they supported acts like Lee Kernaghan and The Screaming Jets. After a lot of deliberation, Anthony decided to try his luck down south working with acts like Alby Pool, Mike Carr, Paul Costa, Doug Bruce, Luke O’Shea and the Medicine Wheel, Adam Harvey and the Sunny Cowgirls. In 2009, Anthony toured throughout the United States playing for Doug Bruce, John Stone and Doug Stone whilst also appearing on the Tomkins Showcase in Nashville. These days finds Anthony and his Family living in Melbourne, Victoria. He is continuing to work on his Debut Solo Album and gigging around the country… Anthony proudly plays Tomkins Electric Guitars & wears Clothing From Outback Traders

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