On October 4, Phoebe Bridgers brought her uber-popular Reunion Tour to Birmingham, serving as one of the smallest-capacity dates she’s played in 2021. After experiencing a monumental 2020 with the release of Punisher and her Grammy nominations, this year’s tour was the first time that listeners got to hear these powerful songs live. An opening set from local favorite Taylor Hollingsworth won the crowd over, with deep cuts from his discography and his rendition of his song “Dominoes” from Better Oblivion Community Center (the Bridgers/Conor Oberst collaboration from 2019) created an impressive opening environment for Bridgers to build off of. The setlist consisted primarily of hits from Punisher, with songs from her 2017 debut Stranger in the Alps sprinkled within. It was an intimate (but still packed — the place was sold out), stormy evening with an artist who’s quickly ascending, and hopefully she’ll return to Birmingham soon.
Check out our photo gallery of the night below, and see the rest of Phoebe’s tour dates here.
This weekend, the first annual BirmingFAM Festival will go down at TrimTab Brewing Company with a incredible assortment of local bands, vendors, and fun to be had by all. Tickets can be bought here for the festival, which is happening September 11 & 12, and you can use the code MUSICBHAM to get 20% off of your purchase!
The Blips exploded onto the scene in early 2020 in a big way, forming one of Birmingham’s most impressive supergroups featuring Eric Wallace of Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires, Chris McCauley of Holy Youth, Wes McDonald of Vulture Whale, and the singer-songwriters Taylor Hollingsworth and Will Stewart. After taking a pandemic-fueled break, they released their self-titled album in April of 2021 that accentuates all of their individual strengths into a tight-knit rocker of an album. Ahead of their performance at the BirmingFAM Festival this weekend, I talked to Eric about the band’s formation and the power of music to create inclusivity and accessibility through The Firehouse Community Arts Center:
TAYLOR HOLLINGSWORTH ON WHERE HE IS NOW AND HIS NEW RELEASE TAP DANCIN’ DADDY
By Brent Thompson & Josh Matthews
Photo by Maria Taylor
hroughout his career, Taylor Hollingsworth has had very little white space on his calendar. In addition to a prolific solo recording output over 16 years, the Birmingham-based singer/songwriter/guitarist has had involvement in numerous musical projects including The Dexateens, Conor Oberst’s Mystic Valley Band and Dead Fingers (the duo with his wife, Kate Taylor). And when a guitar is not in his hands, Hollingsworth is a father, mixed media artist, and record producer. On AUGUST 2, Hollingsworth will release Tap Dancin’ Daddy , a collection of songs he accrued over a number of years. Recently, Hollingsworth spoke with us about writing, recording, and side projects.
Taylor, thanks for your time. If you will, talk about the creation of Tap Dancin’ Daddy.
It’s songs that I’ve been working on over the last few years. I recorded them all at my house in my basement, old-school-style like I first started doing. I’ve got much nicer gear now, so… [read more…]