A sage musician, a lyrical genius and a master of the guitar. He learned blues guitar stylings from music legends Lightnin' Hopkins, Mance Lipscomb and Mississippi Fred McDowell, then developed his own unique guitar picking style that would be imitated by many of his contemporaries from the early Houston music days, such as Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, Robert Earl Keen, Lyle Lovett, Steve Earle, and Nanci Griffith.
In 1977 Taylor was a winner of the "New Folk" competition at the Kerrville Folk Festival. Shameless Love, his first album, came out in 1981, and after a hiatus of almost 14 years, he returned with the self-titled Eric Taylor, released in 1995. That release was chosen as the 1996 Kerrville Folk Festival Album of the Year. Three years later he released Resurrect, which was subsequently named one of the "100 essential records of all time" by Buddy magazine. Taylor has headlined the prestigious Newport Folk Festival, played National Public Radio's "Mountain Stage" and has appeared on both "Late Night With David Letterman" with Nanci Griffith and "Austin City Limits" with Lyle Lovett, Guy Clark, and Robert Earl Keen. His most recent release, “Eric Taylor And Friends, Live At The Red Shack,” was recorded during a two-night stand this May and features guest appearances by Lyle Lovett, Nanci Griffith, Denice Franke, James Gilmer and others.