Taylor Carano has been playing music, guitar especially, since his younger days. He began with pots and pans and a guitar with plastic strings at age 5. He eventually graduated to the electric guitar when he was 10, and hasn't looked back since. He has been playing in bands since he was 13, most of which he started with childhood friends. He began singing and songwriting in late 2010 and jumped into the music scene with his band, "Speak of The Devil", a two-piece blues rock outfit that eventually formed into the "Rusty Barn Rock Blues" trio known as The Bleeding Feathers. Through experiences and adventures, he has met many amazing people along the way including Austin Glosik, Tim Ellinger, and Mike Godward, all members of The Bleeding Feathers. In addition to playing guitar, singing, and songwriting, Taylor also plays bass, drums, harmonica, and piano. Born and bred in Northeastern Ohio, rust and blues are a part of Taylor and truly helped define his sound.
In 2013, The Bleeding Feathers went on hiatus leaving the band members to pursue personal adventures. Taylor, feeling very lost, formed an acoustic duo "The Fleecers" with fellow TBF member, Austin Glosik. The Fleecers being short lived Taylor began to work on something bigger. . . 2 brand new full length albums. The first, "Where Hate & Ash Bury" was released on June 5th, 2015 and it showcased ten original songs written and produced by Taylor. "Where Hate & Ash Bury" also featured 7 of Taylor's talented friends throughout the album. The release of that album became the reason for the subsequent tour which began in April of 2015.
Taylor Carano is also a member of "The Johnny G Trio", where he plays electric and acoustic guitar. This is where Taylor first met Brant Novak, a towering hulk of bad ass bass mastery. Novak is no stranger to the music scene and has been a road warrior for as long as he can remember. Taylor knew immediately that they would become band mates.
Wandering around the music scene you'll meet many amazing people and that's exactly how Taylor met Jacob Price, a quick witted, whiskey drinking, sound engineer. Jacob earned his stripes by being one of the best and notable sound engineers in the Northeastern Ohio area. Taylor and Jake quickly became friends and have worked together frequently since. In the early months of 2015 Taylor, Jake, and Brant started jamming, eventually joined forces and began promoting the "Where Hate & Ash Bury" tour.
In February of 2016 Taylor released “Friends of Friends”, his idea of a modern alternative/folk/rock album. Shortly after that release, Taylor began playing with Dominic Van Divner on bass and Brant Novak on drums, but only for a few months. They planned a tour to promote Taylor's two new albums but considering he had no reliable drummer or bassist, Taylor decided to dust off his acoustic guitar and hit the road. He asked a few friends sit in and fill out the rest of the band.
After a few months of playing solo Taylor met Kara Jones, a classically trained cello player, and they became friends almost immediately. Around that same time Taylor reconnected with singer/songwriter Madison Cummins and they began collaborating on songs. Eventually Taylor, Kara, Madison, along with Brant, & Johnny G formed the"The Brown Liquor Band" in March of 2017.
Taylor finished recording his 4th studio album "Iridescence" which he released at Musica in Akron, OH on May 27, 2017 on his own label, Camp Carano Entertainment. While they played together for a few years, unfortunately both Kara Jones and Madison Cummins left the band to pursue other musical interests. This led to Taylor reconnecting with "The Bleeding Feathers" drummer Tim Ellinger and linking up with Pat Vaughan on lead and rhythm guitar.
In May of 2019, Taylor was attending an open mic night when he first met and heard, Isabelle Post, a young firecracker who had a smooth and powerful jazz voice. It did not take long before she became a staple of the Brown Liquor Band.
Fast forward to August 2019, Taylor & Tim are playing the Porch Rokr Festival and link up with friend and former bandmate of Tim's, Dan DeSantis on bass. Through recommendation of friend, Johnny G, Taylor reached out to Dan and asked if he would be interested in playing bass with The Brown Liquor Band and Dan affirmed he would. Dan is also a member of "Thieves of Joy" and a former member of "The Svoboda Band" as well as Tim.
After Taylor, Tim, and Dan parted ways in early 2021, Taylor decided to release the album in full anyway because the music is too damn good and #BrownLiquorMusic was released on August 13, 2021.
Like a phoenix from the ashes, The Brown Liquor Band was resurrected once more in February 2022 with Taylor Carano on Vox/Guitar, Spencer Cutlip on Bass, and Daniel Rylander on Drums/Percussion. Don't forget to look for us on your favoritie streaming service.
Carano is a student of the blues, immersing himself in the sounds of the Mississippi Delta from his homestead bordering the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
- Kyle Cochran, The Akronist
“a raw amalgamation of distorted guitars and growling vocals deeply rooted in the ’40s and ’50s blues and rock ‘n’ roll stylings of old masters like John Lee Hooker and Howlin’ Wolf. Other assorted influences include rockabilly pioneer Gene Vincent, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac, and Black Sabbath, with a touch of hard-edged ’90s grunge mixed in for spice.”
- Douglas J. Guth - Buzzbin Magazine
“Take a bunch of young Midwestern kids who probably learned their chops playing straight edge hardcore, get them stoned, turn them onto the proto-metal/hard rock-likes of Frijid Pink, Blue Cheer, Grand Funk and Sir Lord Baltimore, get them to play everything in quarter time and this would be the result. All I can say is that this very young band has a very old soul and whatever they are doing, it not only works really well, it’s completely anachronistic to the current trends burgeoning in today’s underground hard rock and heavy metal scenes."
- Jack Rabid - Big Takeover Magazine
"Taylor Carano is a whiskey kind of guy. You can hear it in his music, which he describes as “alternative folk/funk rock,” but is probably better described as “brown liquor music” or “rusty barn rock blues.” Carano has been releasing music under his own name and with former bands The Bleeding Feathers and The Fleecers since his teens. He’s rocked many local venues," … (Read full article)
- Kyle Cochrun - Akronist.com