June 14, 2008- Update - Melissa Dyer, Tut's granddaughter, had a successful operation and is doing fine ... Thanks to all who helped with the benefit!
Also, check out the Tutbro videos on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/Tootbro.
February 9, 2008- Benefit Concert for Melissa Dyer - Tut's granddaughter. Tut's granddaughter, Melissa Dyer, is in need of a kidney transplant. To help raise funds for medical expenses Tut and the Kruger Brothers are putting on a benefit concert on February 23, 2008, at Peace Haven Baptist Church in North Wilkesboro, NC. The Georgia Kidney Foundation will match all funds collected for Melissa up to $10,000! For a program listing and additional info, please click here. Also, helping in this effort, Mark Taylor, Tut's son and owner of Crafters of Tennessee, has donated a beautiful guitar to be raffled off at the concert. Raffle tickets are $10 each. For pics of the guitar and additional information, click here. Please help Melissa and come join Tut and the Kruger Brothers for this wonderful evening of good music!
October 1, 2006- For a long time Tut has wanted to get together in the recording studio with his old friend Norman Blake. They have played a lot together on stage but haven't recorded together since the Aero-Plain days. Well, the wait is over. Plectrafone Records is pleased to announce a new recording, "Shacktown Road" from Tut, Norman Blake, and Nancy Blake. On it they reach back in time to days when folks gathered at a store around the only radio in town to tune in to the "Grand Ol' Opry" on Saturday nights. It was a simpler time, when folks didn't have so many distractions and enjoyed the company of friends and the crackly sound of good music coming in from far away places courtesy of an old Philco radio. "Shacktown Road" is music that stirs the embers of memories of those who remember it and sets those old tones aflame again for those too young to have been there. The old store on Shacktown Road is gone now, but the music rings again. The selections featuring Nancy on cello are wonderful and emotional works of art. The Kruger Brothers even step in front of the mic and, as usual, you will be wanting more. You can order it now on Tut's Order Page!
April 6, 2006- Here are a couple of links of interest to Tut's fans: The first one is a link to a website with more details on the "Dobro Extravaganza" DVD commemorating "The Great Dobro Sessions" Grammy award. Proceeds from the sale of this DVD will help offset the expense of remodeling required for Tut and Lee's home after Lee fell and was injured during a recent power outage. The second link is graciously provided by Jane Hogan to pictures and movie clips on her website of Tut, his son David Taylor, and his grandson Caleb as they perform at the "Cook Shack" in Union Grove, NC, back in February 2006. While you are there, check out Jane's fine photography webpages, which among many other subjects includes some great pics from past Merlefest events.
June 2, 2005-
Ever wonder what Tut did with over 500 reel-to-reel and cassette
recordings he has made since the 1950's? Just visit the fine
folks at the Steam
Powered Preservation Society to find out! If you dig around
in all those recordings you'll find many that are historically
significant. You may even find an old recording (1950's?) of
Tut's appearance on the Grand Ol' Opry accompanied by the great Charlie
April 6, 2005- Tut has another new classic CD! Re-released on CD is the "HDS Sessions" from 1975 featuring Tut, Norman Blake, Sam Bush, Vassar Clements, Butch Robbins, and David Holland. Check the General Store! Tut is taking orders now!
December 1, 2003 - Tut has a new long-awaited CD! From Tut's archives comes "Tut and Clarence Flatpicking" - a collaboration between Tut and Clarence White. Check it out here! Like Tut's aclaimed earlier archive release with Norman Blake, "Flatpickin' in the Kitchen" this is sure to be a favorite of your music collection.
October 18, 2003 - Tut's new book with lots of photos and stories has arrived! Check it out here! Soft bound edition, glossy, quality printing.... Great for a coffee table display. But great reading, too! Inside are 73 pages filled with stories and memories as only Tut can tell it, plus many classic pictures from Tut's collection of over 50 years!
July 22, 2003 - Tut will be appearing at the new festival "Carolina in the Fall" Sept 13 and 14. Hosted by the Kruger Brothers, this event is one you don't want to miss! Visit www.carolinainthefall.com for info!
February 28, 2003 - Tut's son David has a brand new children's CD "The Ants Went Marching" featuring Jens Kruger and Joel Landsberg from the Kruger Brothers. Check it out here!
February 20, 2003 - Check out who's picking the banjo in the new pic on page 3 of Tut's photos!
January 26, 2003 - Tut has moved his website to a new server. More room for new stuff! Coming Soon!
March 23, 2002 - The brand new companion CD to the acclaimed early 70's recording "Aereo-Plain" featuring John Hartford, Tut Taylor, Norman Blake, Vassar Clements, and Randy Scruggs is now onTut's website! The new CD, "Steam Powered Aereo-Takes" is taken from 80 reels of tape recently found that were recorded at the same time that "Aereo-Plain" was recorded and features more of the same groundbreaking music that made "Aereo-Plain" so popular. "Steam Powered Aereo-Takes" has the same feel as the former recording, which John Hartford described as "one long jam", and highlights John's offbeat humour with never issued originals, alternate takes of other recorded versions, and several traditional tunes. Tut, Norman, Vassar, John and Randy were at the peak of their game in this recording and it is a wonderful thing to hear them loosen up and cut loose while the tape rolled. This should be in your CD player right now!
Here is what Tut will be doing in the near future:
March 15, 2002 - All the i's have been dotted for the paperwork with Tut's new ISP, and we are waiting for the changes to make it around to all the name servers around the internet. If Tut's domain name www.tuttaylor.com is not working for you, it will within a few days. Tut also will be using the email address firstname.lastname@example.org from now on.
March 6, 2002 - After several aborted attempts at setting Tut's website up on a new ISP, the website finally has a permanent place to reside. Right now, however, Tut's domain name www.tuttaylor.com has not been linked to the new website location so it doesn't work. We are working on that also and will have it working as soon as possible!
August 6, 2001 - We are finally in the process of moving Tut's website to a new server. Hopefully, the move will go smoothly and there will be no down time!
Also, just heard from Tut to expect a couple of very exciting announcements very soon - it's gonna be good!! Stay tuned!!
January 15, 2001 - Catch up with Tut at the NAMM show in Los Angeles this week. As usual he will have lots of goodies for you to take home!
December 2, 2000 - Tut says, "Just a note to let you know that the Old Time Picking Parlor is now open again. Just up the street from the old original at 121 2nd. Ave. N., Nashville. Opened Thursday night with a party for Bob Moore, the world renown bass player. It was a huge success...Bustin' at the seams. There is a small stage with a good sound system. The Parlor will be open each day with Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights for jammin' etc. They have lots of vintage instruments plus the complete line of Crafters of Tennessee, including the Tut Taylor Resophonic's plus all kinds of related items. Come by...it's quite a place...kinda like the old days. Side Note! Gene Wooten is now working at Crafters of Tennessee settin' up them TT Resophonics."
10, 2000 - A
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT......On Saturday November 18th. at 7:30, The
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
in Troy, NY will feature John Hartford and the original Aereo-plain
band, Norman, Tut and Vassar - plus special guest Sam Bush. This will
be the first time the complete band has performed together since the
early seventies. We all invite you to come and see us...........Tutbro.
August 23, 2000 - Come on out to the National Slide Guitar Fest 2000, September 23rd and 24th in Gray, TN. There is a big list of performers, including Tut, and there will be a lot of good music. The Fest will also include activities such as workshops, jams, competitions, dancing, storytelling, vendor displays, and more. Visit the link above for details! Tut says he will be bringing a lot of goodies!
June 7, 2000 - Tut will be at Deerfest 2000 "Pickin' on the Mountain", Saturday June 10th in Mills River, NC. See http://www.deerfields.com for full info. In addition to participating in the stage events and jam sessions of this 1st annual Bluegrass Festival, Tut will be bringing instruments along for sale. Claire Lynch, Curtis Burch, Ralph Lewis, and many others will be there!
Old News... in case you missed it
20, 1999 - Tut says ... "Hello...
Just returned from The Hillside Bluegrass Festival at Cochran, Ga.. My
special thanks to Jean and Van Holland for inviting Norman and I. We
both had a blast. We were treated like royalty and they couldn't do
enough for us. This a beautiful site, all shady with five pickin' sheds
located throughout the area.
July 5, 1999 - If you haven't had supper yet you may want to wait until you aren't hungry, but otherwise check out How Tutbro spent July the 4th. He has always said he knows all about barbeque and now we can see for ourselves! He knows what he's talking about ....
June 13, 1999 - Tut has a mailing list now that you can join to receive occasional special announcements regarding new CD's, appearances, workshops, and other things in which Tut is involved! Go back to the home page of this site and type your email address in the ListBot block and click on the "Join" button to subscribe. You can unsubscribe anytime you want. Thanks!
March 23, 1999 - In case you didn't notice or haven't heard Tut has his own web address now! His new address is www.tuttaylor.com. Now it is a lot easier to pass his web address on to your friends! The old address to his webpage still works (the new name is just an alias for his existing webpage) so there is no need to change your link unless you want to do so. However, if you change your link to the new address then if Tut ever moves his Internet service somewhere else your link will still find him.
Check out the Tut Taylor General Store for some great CD's!
Great news! Tut has advance copies of "Friar Tut", a recording newly released on CD that he recorded back in the early '70's with Norman Blake! This is a great album with 17 cuts for only $15 including shipping! See the "Friar Tut" webpage more info including photos, song lists and some RealAudio sound clips from the CD.
More great news! All of Tut's CD's on his website are now $15 each - including shipping and handling!
Added a few stories gleaned from Tut's online postings over the past couple of years. Some real gems here! See "Tut's Story Page" and smile a little ...
Now available from Tut - from Rounder Records the classic reissued recording "Aereo-Plain" featuring John Hartford, Tut Taylor, Norman Blake, and Vassar Clements. See the Tut Taylor General Store for info.
Don't miss the special photos and story of the Great Dobro Sessions Commemorative Grammy Guitar in the photo section.
"The long awaited re-release of "Aereo-Plain" with John Hartford, Norman Blake, Vassar Clements and Tut Taylor will be happening in September. New liner notes by Sam Bush. Thanks to Ken Irwin and Rounder for this long-awaited project."
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