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Taylor Guitars: From The Factory
41 minutes | Aug 21, 2020
Episode 33: Building Our American Dream
Andy Powers joins the podcast crew to talk about the Taylor American Dream Series, our latest offering of all-solid-wood guitars designed to meet musicians wherever they are. Cameron and Jay chat with Andy about the inspiration behind these new models and how we went about designing them before Andy gives us a live demo of an American Dream guitar.
23 minutes | May 22, 2020
Bonus Episode: Southern Ground Nashville
Southern Ground is a famed recording studio in Nashville, Tennessee, and boasts an impressive catalogue of work, including albums by Dwight Yoakam, Kacey Musgraves, Zac Brown, the Foo Fighters, Neil Young and many other world-class artists. In this Bonus Episode, Cameron and Jay talk with the studio crew about their gear, their approach to recording, and the history of their venerable establishment.
41 minutes | May 22, 2020
Nashville Friends Part 2: David Huff
Nashville producer and drummer David Huff sits down with Cameron and Jay to chat about his dad’s musical influence on his life and share stories of his career as a producer in one of the strongholds of American music.
43 minutes | May 13, 2020
Nashville Friends Part 1: Marty Dodson
Marty Dodson, songwriter and founder of musical collective SongTown, is no stranger to the world of Taylor, having been a part of our artist family for years. For this episode, Marty shares stories about his career as a songwriter, including the time he put a nail in the wall at home to save a place for the gold record he was determined to earn. Marty also reveals insights about the songwriting process and the parts that make a good song.
100 minutes | Jan 30, 2020
The Powers Cut: Builder's Edition
Master guitar designer Andy Powers talks all things Builder's Edition, sharing the inspiration that brought this collection of comfortable, innovative guitars to life.
81 minutes | Sep 9, 2019
Episode 29: Making Nashville Studio Magic
Cameron sits down with Grammy-winning producer/engineer Jacquire King (Kings of Leon, Tom Waits) to discuss his approach to recording. Jay and Cameron interview Nashville session ace Jerry McPherson (Tim McGraw and Faith Hill) about his journey from teenage session musician in Texas to one of Nashville’s most sought-after guitarists. Plus, Taylor’s Ryan McMullen demos the new V-Class 712ce.
43 minutes | Jul 26, 2019
Episode 28: Out of Retirement, Into the Fire
Taylor CFO Barbara Wight stops in to talk about the early days at the ebony mill in Cameroon, her story of joining Taylor after retirement, and what it’s like to work alongside a guitar visionary like Bob Taylor.
56 minutes | Jun 26, 2019
Episode 27: Taylor Artist - Barenaked Ladies
Barenaked Ladies frontman Ed Robertson stopped by the Taylor factory this week, and we sat down for a special podcast chat on his career, writing the theme song for the hit TV show The Big Bang Theory, and where he’s headed next.
66 minutes | Jun 19, 2019
Episode 26: I Don’t Think We’re Alone Now
Pop and rock songstress Tiffany stops by the Taylor studio to talk about her career and continuing to pursue new musical ideas. Then, we chat with Taylor’s own Katrina Horstman about the Taylor factory experience and teaching people how we build guitars.
81 minutes | May 29, 2019
Episode 25: More Than Meets The Ear
Beatie Wolfe, British songwriter and creator, joins the crew to talk about transforming music into innovative nontraditional formats. Then, we chat with Mojave Audio president Dusty Wakeman about working with country legends and building a career around the art of sound engineering.
76 minutes | May 13, 2019
Episode 24: Dad Jokes & Documentaries
Rich Casciato from Taylor Guitars stops by the studio again to talk about V-Class bracing in Grand Concert guitars and share a couple of his worst dad jokes. Next, filmmaker, photographer, and Saosin bassist Chris “Boosti” Sorensen makes his debut appearance on the podcast to talk about his trips to Cameroon, where he’s been directing a full-length documentary on the Ebony Project and sustainable forestry.
75 minutes | Apr 30, 2019
Epsiode 23: What's a DI box?
We talk about how Taylor creates new guitars with 16-year Taylor veteran Engineering Project Manager Crystal Lawrence, then chat with touring circuit pros Terry Myers and Glen Wolff about using DI boxes to get the perfect live tone.
84 minutes | Apr 11, 2019
Episode 22: The Grand Poobah of Picks
The guys chat with Tracey and Vance Marino from the to introduce their organization and talk about the process of writing music. Then, the hosts dig into Taylor’s new line of guitar picks with Chief Business Development Officer Keith Brawley.
52 minutes | Mar 26, 2019
Episode 21: We’re Planting Trees Now?
We dive into our spring ebony replanting project with Scott Paul, Taylor’s Director of Natural Resource Sustainability. Artist relations pro Devin Malone makes his Taylor debut and chats about the Nashville music scene and cultivating relationships with new talent.
54 minutes | Mar 7, 2019
Episode 20: Live Music, Live Snakes
Hosts Cameron and Jay chat with Damian DeRobbio, production manager at San Diego’s Belly Up, one of the city’s best-loved concert venues. Chris Cosgove, the tonewood buyer for Taylor Guitars, stops by to provide insight into our wood sourcing process, and talks about close calls with falling trees and coral snakes in the jungle.
86 minutes | Jan 25, 2019
Episode 19: Andy Powers and the Grand Pacific
Cameron and Jay sit down with Andy Powers, master guitar designer and the architect behind the new Grand Pacific round-shoulder dreadnought, to talk acoustic inspiration, the power of V-Class bracing, design choices, and more.
58 minutes | Sep 27, 2018
Episode 18: Put Your Effects Foot Forward
Cameron and Jay talk to longtime Taylor photographer Tim Whitehouse on his last day before retirement before diving in to a conversation about guitar effects with Jeff and Jordyn from BOSS. This episode includes a demo of the Taylor V-Class 414ce.
50 minutes | Aug 3, 2018
Episode 17: Juno on Acting, Music, and Finding Your Path
In this episode, our hosts chat with Taylor artist Juno about launching her musical journey and her role on the popular Fox show, Empire. Cameron and Jay also talk guitar care with Customer Service Manager Glen Wolff and share updates from Summer NAMM 2018.
54 minutes | Jun 1, 2018
Episode 16: The Tone Collector
The guys are joined by Taylor District Sales Manager Rich Casciato, who shares his thoughts about what makes a great guitar collection and demos a 522ce 12-Fret. After that, Jonah Matranga, Taylor artist and member of Far and Onelinedrawing, stops by to chat about his solo work and reminisce about Far album Water & Solutions on its 20th anniversary.
34 minutes | Apr 20, 2018
Episode 15: Bob Taylor: The Ebony Project Takes Root
In this conversation about Taylor’s latest efforts to create a more sustainable future, Bob Taylor joins Tony Polecastro, Cameron and Jay to share what he’s learned while working to transform an ebony sawmill business in Cameroon over six years. Bob talks about the challenges and progress along the way, his love of the Cameroonian people, and why standardization is the way out of chaos. He also explains why planting trees has become his mission, and sheds light on two current projects: an innovative ebony replanting program, and his work to plant a koa forest in Hawaii. As usual, Bob serves up a few nuggets of inspiring life wisdom along the way.
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