Chip Taylor: Live last night

chip taylorChip Taylor's stories were as memorable as the songs Sunday at the Birchmere.

Live Last Night

By Juli Thanki

Songwriter Chip Taylor comes from strong storytelling stock: his father, a golf pro from Yonkers, had for years convinced his three sons that he was actually an FBI agent. Taylor followed in his dad's footsteps Sunday night at the Birchmere, weaving tales of former ex-wives, opera-singing mafiosi, and brotherly adventures. The stories behind the songs took center stage for much of the night, with Taylor at one point telling his three-piece band "[you] might as well stop playing; I'm going to talk a while."

(Big brother Jon Voight checks in via cell phone, after the jump.)

Taylor's baby brother, actor Jon Voight, was originally slated to share the stage and kibitz but he was unable to attend. However, he did make a brief humorous appearance via cell phone, apologizing for his absence and reminiscing about Taylor's first attempts at songwriting.
Canadian fiddler Kendel Carson is Taylor's newest protégé; in addition to contributing sweet harmony vocals and fiddle licks, she sang a handful of songs from her own albums, including the sultry, Shelby Lynne-esque "Oh Baby Lie Down."

Nearly all of the evening's material came from recent album "Yonkers, N.Y.," a rock-tinged country album full of Taylor's childhood memories; however, he also played his two biggest hits. "Wild Thing" got the singalong treatment, while "Angel of the Morning," performed as a duet with Carson, was a real treat, as was Taylor's tongue in cheek account of meeting Shaggy, whose 2001 hit "Angel," sampled the song: "What the hell are '[his] peeps?'" It seems that most of Taylor's peeps were no-shows, with the attendance somewhere in double digits. But the low turnout cemented the intimate, nostalgic nature of the performance; for two hours, the Birchmere was a 1950s Yonkers living room.

By David Malitz |  December 14, 2009; 1:02 PM ET Live Last Night
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