Personnel: Tasha Taylor (vocals, guitar, keyboards, percussion, background vocals); Jon Taylor, Johnny Notto (guitar); Jamelle Williams, Lemar Buillary, Matt DeMerritt (horns); Don Wyatt (piano, Wurlitzer organ); Ronald Bruner Jr., Stanley Randolph, Gerry Brown (drums).
Photographer: Bjorn Krommel.
Honey for the Biscuit is Tasha Taylor's third album but it plays a bit like a statement of purpose: a confident, colorful claim to the Southern soul throne left vacated by her father, Johnnie Taylor. Soul may be Taylor's birthright but she's determined to modernize the classic sound by emphasizing elements of funk, blues, and even pop on various tracks. Sometimes, she receives an assist from famous friends: Samantha Fish duets on the funky soul-blues workout "Leave That Dog Alone," Keb' Mo' drops by for "Family Tree," Tommy Castro sings on "Same Old Thing," and Robert Randolph plays on the spare, lively "Little Miss Suzie." The latter is ample evidence of Taylor's gifts as a songwriter: she can sharpen a hook and construct a story, turning in tunes that exist within the '60s Southern soul tradition but aren't afraid to play with the form a bit. This agility makes Honey for the Biscuit doubly satisfying: it not only belongs to a long, proud lineage but looks forward to the future. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine