born on 13/4/1961 in Shawsville, VA, United States
Butch Taylor (born Clarence Francis Taylor on April 13, 1961 in Shawsville, Virginia) is a composer, writer, keyboardist and long time guest musician with Dave Matthews Band.
Although not a formal member of the band he acted as a permanent sixth member of the group from 1998 until 2008, making contributions on both studio and live albums. Before teaming up with the band, Taylor played in the band Secrets with Dave Matthews Band drummer, Carter Beauford as well as longtime Dave Matthews Band friend and guest guitarist, Tim Reynolds. Over the years he has also composed many scores for television and film.
Taylor attended James Madison University, Virginia where he played trumpet in the JMU Jazz Ensemble. It was there he met Dave Matthews Band saxophonist, LeRoi Moore. He studied for a bachelors degree in English and a Masters degree in music and also returned to the university some years later to teach.
He currently lives in Richmond, VA. He is divorced and has three adult sons.
On May 27th, 2008, Butch decided to leave the band. The Dave Matthews Band official fan club, the Warehouse Fan Association released this message:
"Keyboardist Butch Taylor has decided to leave Dave Matthews Band. We are saddened by this sudden news but he has our full support. Hes given so much to us and our audience through the years and he will be missed."
|Dave Matthews Band|
|Dave Matthews - LeRoi Moore - Stefan Lessard - Boyd Tinsley - Carter Beauford|
|Butch Taylor - Tim Reynolds - The Lovely Ladies - Coran Capshaw - Peter Griesar|
|Studio albums: Remember Two Things | Recently (EP) | Under the Table and Dreaming | Crash | Before These Crowded Streets | Everyday | Busted Stuff | Stand Up|
|Live albums: Red Rocks | Listener Supported | Chicago | Folsom Field | Central Park | The Gorge | Weekend on the Rocks|
|Live Trax series: Vol. 1 | Vol. 2 | Vol. 3 | Vol. 4 | Vol. 5 | Vol. 6 | Vol. 7|
|The Best of What's Around series: Vol. 1|
|Singles: What Would You Say | Jimi Thing | Typical Situation | Ants Marching | Satellite | Too Much | So Much to Say | Two Step | Crash Into Me | Tripping Billies | Don't Drink the Water | Stay (Wasting Time) | Crush | Rapunzel | I Did It | The Space Between | When the World Ends | Everyday | Where Are You Going | Grace Is Gone | Grey Street | American Baby | Dreamgirl | Everybody Wake Up | Smooth Rider | Work It Out (with Jurassic 5)|
|Solo albums and side projects: Imagine We Were | Code Magenta | In November Sunlight | Live at Luther College | True Reflections | Some Devil|
|Tours | The Lillywhite Sessions | Warehouse Fan Association | Musictoday | Dave Matthews & Friends|