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Sunday September 25th

Taylor's Lackluster Show Relies Heavily on Covers

2 Stars

Greg Taylor's Web site lists his musical heroes as James Taylor, Paul Simon and the Beatles.

Such well-known influences leave very large musical shoes to fill, and on a rainy Saturday night at the Open Eye Cafe in Carrboro, singer/songwriter Greg Taylor filled maybe one toe's worth.

In an otherwise relaxing set in the cozy warmth of the cafe, Taylor recycled obscure oldies and his own lackluster tunes for a lethargic concert befitting the climate outside.

Taylor is certainly an adept guitar player, though he may have tempered his powerful voice and guitar for the small setting.

He has the potential to play larger venues as long as he put forth some more effort.

But the songs played were extraordinarily unimaginative. He explained before one song that it had been inspired by an instance where he came out of his house and found an elephant in the street, but the resulting tune was devoid of any charm one would think a situation like that (true or not) would motivate.

Another song featured the line "Walking on a wire/Riding on a fence/Walking on a wire/It makes no sense."

Um, yeah.

Great lyricist he is not.

Songs flowed from one to the other with no real variety and even included some tuning problems that caught everyone's ears off-guard for a moment.

Unfortunately, those were the only moments when anyone seemed to take a moment from their conversations and realize he was there.

For the purposes of Saturday night -- playing background music to a cafe -- he was fine.

But background music won't get any aspiring artist anywhere, and it's certainly not the way to get noticed.

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