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Chip Taylor sings for Cactus Cafe

Monday, March 15, 2010 – Chip Taylor was home in New York City when he learned that the University of Texas planned to close the Cactus Cafe on its grounds in a cost-cutting move.

The venue, a small room on the University campus selling wine and beer, featured artists ranging from Townes van Zandt to Lucinda Williams to the Dixie Chicks to Lyle Lovett. The savings is estimated to be about $122,000 per year.

But with its pending closure, Taylor decided to write a song about the club he liked. "One of my favorite memories is my 1974 concert at Austin's Armadillo World Headquarters with Tom T. Hall," Taylor said. "Shortly after that revered place closed the Cactus Cafe opened its doors - with that same magical Armadillo vibe. When you walk into the Cactus, it's like going to church - actually better than that. For years, it's been one of my favorite places to play and I can't stand the thought of it closing its doors. It's way too important."

Taylor headed into the studio with a band consisting of fiddler Kendel Carson, guitarist John Platania, bassist David Jacques, and keyboardist Seth Farber and recorded it, and, with the addition of a half-dozen songs recorded on "Live Set," a radio show broadcast on KUT-FM, the University of Texas' NPR station, earlier this year, has rushed it into print.

Jesus Christ, Don't Let the Cactus Fall will be released on March 19 on Taylor's Train Wreck Records label, just in time for the 24th annual South By Southwest Music and Media Conference (SXSW). The single will be available exclusively at Austin's legendary Waterloo Records and through Taylor's Train Wreck Records. . To sweeten the deal, live versions of six songs, mostly drawn from Taylor's most recent album "Yonkers, N.Y.," were added from the radio broadcast.

Student Friends of the Cactus Cafe started to protest the closing. Protests have been held to demand that the club remain open.

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Little Brothers CD review - Little Brothers
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The Little Prayers Trilogy CD review - The Little Prayers Trilogy
If Chip Taylor had done nothing more than simply pen two of the biggest songs of his generation - "Wild Thing" and "Angel of the Morning" - his place in musical history would be well assured. So, it's to his credit that he's managed to reinvent himself several times over the course of his career, both as a gambler and as a man whose later career has found him traipsing through the darker tributaries of Americana as a singer and songwriter. Still, "The Little »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Rising Appalachia buck the mainsteam, and that's fine with them – Rising Appalachia would not be accused of being in the musical mainstream. Not too many bands who combine folk and Appalachian sounds with new world music could possibly be. And that suits the sister-led duo of Chloe Smith and Leah Song just fine. In fact, at one point, Chloe made it clear she did not embrace radio play as a sign of success... »»»
Concert Review: Bingham plays with something to prove – Ryan Bingham mainly focused on songs from his sixth album "American Love Song," for this lively show. Backed by a supportive band that also included two female backup singers and a fiddler, Bingham's eclectic setlist touched upon country, singer/songwriter folk, rock and blues. Bingham reached for lively country sounds early on, with... »»»
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