I was born in east Texas as Susan Taylor and spent most of my summers with grandparents in Longview listening to my mom and her sisters sing harmony on church hymns. Singing seemed natural to me, but I was so shy that I could only sing songs to the family while standing behind grandma’s kitchen door.
My family moved to Oklahoma when I was 4 and at 9, I started guitar lessons with Dick Gordon in Tulsa. With Dick’s help, by the time I turned 10, I was performing at recitals and concerts that he produced. Elvis Presley was my favorite singer to emulate, and one night at the Tulsa IOOF hall as I was singing, “Love Me”, I stopped to grab the microphone (like I’d seen Elvis do), and a woman in the front row squealed loudly! I’m sure she thought it would thrill me, but instead, it scared me so badly that Dick had to step in to help me recover so I could finish the song!
In 1962 we moved to Corpus Christi, TX where I helped form a folk group called the Pozo Seco Singers. We had 3 albums on Columbia, and one on Certron Records. Our biggest single was “Time” written by Michael Merchant. It hit #1 in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Boston and floated in the Billboard charts for over a year.
My first solo album as Susan Taylor was for JMI Records, Jack Clements label in Nashville. PuffBunny retitled it, “Taylor Pie aka Susan Taylor Finally Getting Home” and re-released it around Jan. 1st, 2013. It’s become one of my best selling albums ever!
My first independent label cd as Taylor Pie was called, “Long Ride Home,” followed by “Jubal.” “So Little Has Changed,” and “Live @ Hondo’s on Main” with Eben Wood.
After over 50 years of traveling around being a folk minstrel, my favorite comfort zone is to sit and sing a few for my friends, and here’s where I’ll be doing just that soon!
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.