Nashville based singer songwriter Jay Taylor released his new EP, Hold On, in January of this year. The five song collection can quite easily be described as diverse. There is some Blues, tinges of Elvis, Rock, Pop and of course, Country.
"Hello Railroad's" gentle introduction leads into a cadence that feels like a train barreling down the tracks and relates to the lyrics about paving your way and heading out on life's journey. “I'm a drifter/Can't find myself at home.” That song is preceded by "The Light," on which you can hear a 1950's influence and "Hold On," a rockin' country tune, heavy on electric guitar.
The stand outs of the EP, however, are "How I Wanted" and "The Green Dress Song." The former (with everyone's favorite--harmonica!) tells the story of a relationship that didn't end how he wanted. "You had me chained to your pocket/I was on the end trying to unlock it/Oh how I wanted to/You took me for a ride then you stopped/I saw it all coming, but I didn't get off." The latter, sprinkled with pedal steel, is a true country song about summer love that would sound splendid on country radio.
You can purchase the EP here