Pie (as her friends call her) was born in east Texas as Susan Taylor and spent most of her summers with grandparents in Longview listening to her mom and her 3 aunts sing harmony on church hymns. Singing seemed to come naturally for Pie, but she was so shy that she could only sing songs to the family while standing behind grandma’s kitchen door.
Her family moved to Oklahoma when she was 4 and at 9, she studied guitar with Dick Gordon in Tulsa. With Dick’s help, by the time Pie turned 10, she was performing at recitals and concerts that Gordon produced. Elvis Presley was her favorite singer to emulate, and one night at the Tulsa IOOF hall as she was singing, “Love Me”, she stopped, grabbed the microphone like she’d seen Elvis do, and a woman in the front row squealed loudly! The woman thought it would thrill the young songster, but instead, it scared her so badly that Gordon had to step in to help Pie recover so she could finish the song!
In 1962 Pie moved to Corpus Christi, TX where at the age of 17, she helped form a folk group called the Pozo Seco Singers. The group had 3 albums released on Columbia, and one on Certron Records. Their biggest single was “Time” written by Michael Merchant, which hit #1 in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Boston and floated in the Billboard charts for over a year.
Pie’s first solo album, recorded in 1972 as Susan Taylor was for JMI Records, Jack Clements label in Nashville. PuffBunny re-released it as, “Taylor Pie aka Susan Taylor Finally Getting Home” in 2013, and it’s become one of her biggest selling solo albums!
Her first independent label cd as Taylor Pie was called, “Long Ride Home,” followed by “Jubal”; “So Little Has Changed,”; “Live @ Hondo’s on Main” with Eben Wood; “Taylor Pie aka Susan Taylor Finally Getting Home”, and PuffBunny’s current release, “Songswarm Vol 1” which she not only performs on, but produced.
After over 50 years of traveling around as a folk minstrel, her favorite comfort zone is to sit and sing a few for friends, where she often does at a house concert series she started in her Liberty, TN community, as well as select listening venues around the country.
Pie Performance Schedule
Eben started out in garage bands in Corpus Christi, TX, at age16. His first band was with Rod Prince of Bubble Puppy fame, followed by lead guitarist position for the Four Winds who eventually became The Bad Seeds. He also played in bands with Chris Geronoittis & Stan Moore, both of the Zakary Thaks as well as Chris Layton of Double Trouble.
As lead guitarist for Sam Neely during Sam’s A&M Record years, he performed at the famous Troubadour in Los Angeles. Eben also arranged and played on David and David’s “A Song for You” album.
Artists he’s backed include: Billy Joe Royal, Jerry Jeff Walker, Pointer Sisters, Freddy Fender, Charlie Pride,& REO Speedwagon.