Tonight we will host two of the members of The Texas Songswarm, an evolution of the traditional song swap, where the musicians sing and play on each other's songs, creating a tighter and more entertaining show. Both are accomplished singer/ songwriters in their own right…. Taylor having been a mainstay in the folk music scene since the late 60's, and Michael claiming a star on the South Texas Music Walk of Fame.

TAYLOR PIE is a native East Texan, born in Jacksonville as Susan Taylor. At a Del Mar College hootenanny she hooked up with Don Williams and Lofton Kline and the three quickly found their sound and name- The Pozo Seco Singers. The trio recorded a song called "Time," which became a national hit and secured them a contract with Columbia Records and Albert Grossman Mgt.. The group shared the stage with folk icons Gordon Lightfoot, Ian & Sylvia, Odetta, Smothers Brothers and John Denver.

Taylor moved to NYC in 1972, playing clubs like the Bottom Line, O'Lunney's and Folk City, where Bette Midler came in one night to hear her song "Back in the Bars Again," and ended up using it in her "Clams on the Half Shell" review. In the early 80’s, Taylor headed to the Berkshires and took on a new persona as Taylor Pie. Since then, she has had her songs recorded by Tanya Tucker, Mickey Gilley, The Lewis Family, The Forester Sisters, John Conlee, and Terri Hendrix.

MICHAEL O’CONNOR spent his late teens and twenties playing blues, jazz and rock ’n’ roll in the rough-and-tumble shrimper and biker bars of the Gulf Coast around his hometown of Corpus Christi. He found his way into the singer-songwriter and folk circles via studio and sideman gigs with friends like Terri Hendrix, Susan Gibson, Adam Carroll, Cary Swinney and Ray Wylie Hubbard. O’Connor has spent most of the last decade devoting more time to sideman gigs than on his solo career, but managed to release four albums whose songs wrestle with addictions, broken dreams and mortality.

Michael was given his own star on the South Texas Music Walk of Fame in 2010, a fitting tribute to a working musician after well over 20 years of plying his trade in dive bars, listening rooms, theaters and festival stages across America and Europe. His name is now part of the same Lone Star constellation as fellow inductees Terri Hendrix, Ponty Bone, Geronimo Trevino, Sam Neely, Pozo Seco Singers, Guy Clark, Freddy Fender, Doug Sahm and Kris Kristofferson.

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Texas Songswarmers




Thursday, May 7, 7:30pm