Local country singer to release new album

Cole Taylor

Cole Taylor

ALBANY, Ga. — Local country music artist Cole Taylor’s plans for an album release party Saturday were waylaid when the Valdosta State University student learned that the owner of the venue for that party — One Trick Pony in Albany — had surprisingly shuttered the local saloon.

But businessman John Luttrell’s decision to close One Trick Pony, as well as its companion nightclub the Crowbar, does not alter Taylor’s plans to release his second album, “Cab of My Chevy,” Saturday.

The album will be available at coletaylormusic.com, on Twitter, Facebook and on iTunes.

“Cab of My Chevy” is the follow-up to Taylor’s self-released debut album, “That Will Always Be Home to Me,” which he recorded in 2009 when he was only 17 years old.

“I think the people who listen to the new album will hear a more mature singer and songwriter,” Taylor, now 20, said of his latest disc. “When I was 17, I wrote about the things that mattered to a 17-year old, a lot of party songs. I’ve matured, and the new album is a look at my life today as a young adult.

“I’m interested in a variety of musical genres, and the songs on (‘Cab of My Chevy’) touch on all of them. There’s obviously a strong, ‘George Strait country’ sound to several songs, but I get into some country rock and a little R&B feel in others. I think the album shows my maturity as both a singer and a writer. Fans will get a side of me they don’t always see in the bar.”

Taylor, who is studying accounting at Valdosta State, plays at area clubs and bars most Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. His touring schedule is available at coletaylormusic.com.