Hudson Taylor is back on the road in America

Hudson Taylor is currently signed with Rubyworks Records. (Photo courtesy of One in a Million Media)

Hudson Taylor is back in the United States to support the Mexican classical guitar duo, Rodrigo y Gabriela on their tour of the country.

To prepare for the show Harry and Alfie are spending some time in Nashville recording new music. They are working with a producer they met during their last tour.

“We have a few tricks up our sleeves and got a few new songs to play… we are just figuring out the best way to do that. Our heads are very much in recording for the next three to four days,” said Alfie.

Scattered amongst their support shows for Rodrigo y Gabriela, Hudson Taylor will also be playing headline shows in Philadelphia, Chicago, and New York, where they will be testing the waters with their new music. For their shows with Rodrigo y Gabriela, Hudson Taylor said, “we are going to stick to what we know with the support shows [but] at the headline shows we want to change it up a little bit and treat the audiences.”

While fans can expect to hear new tunes at these three shows, Hudson Taylor will not be releasing anything new just yet. When they do though, they say a single will come out first. They are itching to release new music and would have it out tomorrow if they could. They are hoping to have new music out in the next few months. Their next album will include a collection of songs that they have been writing over the last three years.

In terms of the new music, Hudson Taylor says that the songwriting has not changed much.

“[We are] making a little bit of a departure in the production. It’s slightly more produced. We have less time than previous recordings. We have five days to deliver something and that’s a lot of pressure to have. We can’t throw the kitchen sink at it, which is good. Keep it simple, less is more type of thing.”

Attending a Hudson Taylor show is always an exciting time. The energy they dispense is on another level. Harry and Alfie make the audience feel like a part of the band, whether it be interacting with the crowd, singing harmonies back and forth with everyone, or dancing along to their songs, the experience is unforgettable. The guys credit their energetic performances to the adrenaline of the crowd and the great musical chemistry they have with their band.

“We keep each other on our toes. Playing on stage, playing in front of people, it’s such a pleasure of an opportunity… We’ve just kind of always try to have fun and not take ourselves too seriously or become too nervous,” said Alfie.

When it comes to playing music around the world, Hudson Taylor says that different countries have different energies. Their favorite place to play a show is Dublin.

“I love playing at home. I just love finishing the gig and getting into my own bed at the end of the night,” said Harry.

Outside of their hometown, they said that Boston is their favorite city to play in the U.S. Another favorite is the Tønder Festival in Denmark. It is very dear to them especially since they have played it five times.

“It feels like a second home,” they said. As for dream gigs, they hope to one day play a headline show in Tokyo.

Hudson Taylor kicks off their next tour with Rodrigo y Gabriela on May 15 in Boston and will finish on May 25 in Chicago. They will play a total of nine shows in six cities. Tickets are available on their website, hudsontaylormusic.com.

Christina Laderoute

Music writer/photographer. VP of marketing for UML's student-run record label, Seven Six Records.

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