She reflects on the past (“Pretty Scars”), promises made to her children (“A Good Life”), perseverance (“There’s Only Now”) and living life to the fullest (“If Only”), with wisdom, grace, and gratitude. I never really have any expectations when I release a record, but it’s always nice to feel like your fans are on the same page as you. It was also important for me to show my kids this side of me, for them to see what I love and what makes me happy. It’s a ton of work, but it’s been a fun process, and we’ve even released my friend Louis Schefano’s record on the label.
Taylor has performed with Le Master in his band, Now It's Overhead, and with Mogis in Bright Eyes.
The first time I interviewed Maria Taylor in March 2002 she and her Azure Ray partner Orenda Fink were about to move to Omaha to become part of the city's then-burgeoning music scene. That's a difficult question to answer," Taylor said moments after she and the rest of her band, along with tour mates The Whispertown 2000, took in Niagra Falls on their way to Cleveland for the evening's show.
Seven years later and Taylor is long gone, having moved to Los Angeles almost a year ago. Over the past couple of years, Omaha has seen a handful of its biggest indie music stars leave for better climes, including Cursive's Tim Kasher, and more recently, The Faint's Todd Fink and his wife, Orenda. Taylor said that there are still some "core people" living in Omaha, but "you can only stay in one place for so long.
Of course the overlap between band members can be a problem as well, as I wondered who exactly would be on Maria Taylor’s current tour for her third solo effort released this April entitled “Lady Luck”.
Seeing as Conor Oberst, lead singer and songwriter of Bright Eyes, is also on tour for his new CD with the Mystic Valley Band, which is comprised of the majority of the musicians that recorded “Lady Luck” including Taylor’s brother, it seemed she would have to pull something together, which of course she did, and it worked quite well.