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Byron Shire
May 14, 2021

From a diet of smoked eels and Jimi Hendrix

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Josh Taylor was born in Warrnambool, Victoria, son of a local eel fisherman (dad), and a kindergarten teacher (mum). ‘I grew up on smoked eels and Jimi Hendrix,’ says Taylor. Josh started playing guitar at age thirteen after learning piano for three years. Growing up in Timboon, a small country town, Josh honed his skills playing a mixture of guitars and keyboards while developing his hard-hitting, melodic original songs. He was heavily influenced by his father’s records, listening to artists such as The Beatles, DEVO, Black Sabbath, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Cream and others from that era.

Josh Taylor cut his teeth as lead vocalist and guitarist in ‘Troubled Minds’, playing professionally from the age of fifteen with schoolmates around the same age. Troubled Minds had a taste of success in Melbourne playing venues like the infamous Duke of Windsor Hotel, The Esplanade Hotel (The Espy) and The Palais. During the band’s career they have appeared on the same bill as: Frenzal Rhomb, SuperHeist, Machine Gun Fellatio, The Living End, Airborne, The Vasco Era and British India amongst others. The band also played the Victorian festival circuit including Apollo Bay, Queenscliff, Port Campbell and Timboon music festivals. Troubled Minds broke up a few years later when Josh was about twenty-two.

Josh Taylor went on to do solo gigs throughout southwest Victoria and WA, venturing up to the northeast coast of NSW and gigging from Byron Bay through to Ballina, Lennox Head, Lismore, Mullumbimby, Coraki and Kyogle. Now back down in his old stomping ground in southwest Vic, Warrnambool!

Josh plays with his ever-changing lineup of talented musicians in his band Stranded, currently performing on tour with Warren Sparks (former drummer for Richard Clapton) and Kevin Watkins, both performing in the well-known local band The Sultans.

See Josh this Sunday at the Riverview Hotel Murwillumbah.


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