taylor james donskey
Taylor James Donskey plays alternative country, sharing everyday tales from everyday people. Uncluttered melodies over a lived in sound support the stories, the hopes and the relationships these people have with one another. These songs are the lasting impressions left by simple, impactful living. Warm and natural, Taylor builds on the solid foundation that was given new life by Gillian Welch; perpetuated by Jeff Tweedy and set on its head by Blake Mills.
The first single is due out August 24th, 2019
The full-length is due 2020.
2020 will mark the release of the debut record "Paper Over It” by Taylor James Donskey. This eponymous effort marks the beginning for a new storyteller. You’ll find room enough in each tune to sit back and enjoy not only a catchy melody, but resounding themes and well worn harmonies.
With every new adventure, new people. And with every new friend, new perspectives. Drawing on human connection, with a renewed energy for a life now countless with stories, Donskey has set out to tell the tale of someone other than himself. The world can offer the unique and the mundane, but our lives have value either way and the stories that go along with us have much to say.
In the latest, and debut effort, 'Paper Over It' he offers a glimpse into the lives of everyday people, and the worlds they live in. Uncluttered melodies over a lived in sound give a space for their stories, uplifting the hopes and relationships these people have with one another. These songs are the lasting impressions left by simple, impactful living.
Each song has a story. Some lay very near and dear, while some are like bright light far away, guiding us somewhere. If you ask him for the story, he'll abide. He's not too fond of talking, but he'll get going with a little nudge. He'd much rather be singing though.
I began this whole thing a decade ago as a side man, bass player and vocalist out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. I lugged gear and talent all over the Midwest, cutting my teeth, singing real high and holding down the low end. I’ve had the great pleasure of working hard for such acts as I Like You, The Lowland Lakers as well as many others and currently with Lena Elizabeth. I’ve worked a long time both on the road and in the studio. These places best classrooms and now I’m venturing onward.
What I’ve found in myself is the capacity to draw the story out. It does not involve taking, it does not need coercion, all it needs is space. When a story is due to come to the fore, it needs a place to rest and place to grow. I set out to give these stories the space to do so. It’s all there on the record. Have a listen. May these songs get stuck in your head. May you sing them to the ones you love. May they keep you smiling in the rain and laughing in the sun. May it hold you close when the leaves turn, and when the snows come, may it send your blues away.
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Guitars, Bass, Vocals: taylor james donskey
Vocals: Lena Elizabeth Bredeson
Piano, B3, Guitar: Dave Mehling
Guitar: Andrew Wozniak
Bass: Ryan Hays
Drums: Murphy Janssen
Engineered by Mark Stockert & Ian Nygaard at Underwood Studio
Mixed by Jason McGlone
Mastered by Rob Schlette at Anthem Mastering
Cover Design: Haylea Pederson
social & contact
A live take of ‘Not Much More to Say’ off the forthcoming ‘Paper Over It’
Lyric video for the new single “Today”
Suffragette City (Bowie) - Live at Aster Cafe
By the Cut in the Tree - Live at Aster Cafe
photos by Isabel Fajardo @if.phxtxgraphy