Charlotte Taylor & Gypsy Rain
Blues performer and singer-songwriter Charlotte Taylor fronts this dynamic original blues band from Little Rock, Arkansas.
Performing since an early age, Taylor sings a wide range of styles including blues, soul, jazz, rock and country. Singing on stage since age 16, Charlotte is a singer’s singer, and was influenced by all the great female vocalists like, Billie Holliday, Aretha Franklin, and Janis Joplin, but also the blues rock band frontmen, Robert Plant and Stephen Tyler. Getting hooked deeply on the blues, Charlotte formed the blues band “Project Blue” in 1995 which opened for Blue Oyster Cult and Nazareth at the Arkansas Jam before landing a recording contract in Memphis with the famed Hi Records. Recording her first CD entitled “Taylor and Martinez” with George Martinez on guitar, “Taylor and Martinez” were the first new act on Hi Records in 25 years. The CD features 10 original songs written by the duo. Taylor’s vocal style and performance have been compared to Ann Wilson of Heart, blues legend Etta James, and even pop blues singer Maria Maldaur.
CTGR have had many great shows since their beginning in 2003, playing the Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival (King Biscuit Blues Festival) several times, Blues Eureka, The Spa City Bluesfest and the Riverwalk Blues Fest in Ft. Lauderdale. In clubs in Memphis on Beale St. like B.B. King’s, The Rum Boogie, and Blues Hall and in Little Rock at Juanita’s, Sticky Fingerz, Cajun’s Wharf and more.
CT&GR have opened for blues legends Guitar Shorty, The Holmes Brothers, Buckwheat Zydeco, Malford Milligan, John Lee Hooker Jr., Duwayne Burnside, and Arkansas great, Michael Burks.
With a show that includes tunes that range from hardcore blues and rock, to sweet jazzy numbers, and some singer-songwriter americana styles, to some jam band vibe dance songs, Charlotte Taylor and Gypsy Rain promise an intense and real good time!