Rising Fawn, Georgia, USA

Fred Taylor

Fred Taylor Music | Rising Fawn Recording

The tuning possibilities between [WTS] snare, toms and bass drums are infinite and can be applied in seconds... The tonal quality of these drums, regardless of their pitch, is phenomenal; bell-clear, clean, with no unwanted variances from one part of the head to another... As a recording studio owner and session musician, I simply can’t imagine a better set-up for studio operations... [T]he WTS line of cable-tension drums is the greatest in all modern drum history, and...I am proud to endorse them due to their extremely high quality of design, manufacture, finish, and all-around workmanship.

Fred Taylor is a drummer, composer, arranger, and producer. He started out at age 5 as a classical piano student in Spokane, Washington, and took up drums at age 10. As a young man, he played his first professional gigs in Spokane at around age 14. After early graduation from high school, he went on the road with a succession of bands and acts, interrupted by one year of college. He traveled around the US and western Canada playing country, rock, funk, and all the current '70s top 40 pop hits, with the occasional orchestral or musical theater job.

After settling down in the Seattle area, he started working extensively in the local music community, playing multiple genres, weddings, parties, theater shows, big bands, clubs, ballrooms, hotels, and military bases within a 200-mile radius of Seattle. He did many recording sessions; some were published 45s and LPs, others demos, and TV and radio jingles. He led his own bands in the jazz/fusion realm; among them Inquest and Sanctuary.

In the mid 2000’s, after attending New York’s Drummers Collective, Fred took up part-time residence in New Jersey, composing, recording, and performing in the New York City area for about five years. His albums as a leader include ‘Court of Circe’ (1982); ‘Processional’ (2006); ‘Circling’ (2008); ‘Fred Taylor Trio Live at Cecil’s Vol. 1’ (2009); and ‘Lifting The Light- Essex Improviser’s Collective’ (2012). He’s also currently on CDs by Gary Lee Rollins (Love View-2014) and the Steve Pidgeon Band (Then Came The Blues-2020). Fred has recently relocated his family and his recording studio to Rising Fawn, Georgia, just outside of Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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Notable Mentions

• Joined WTS in 2020
• Played with many notable artists, including:
→ Blues singer Jimmy Witherspoon
→ Jazz singer extraordinaire Diane Schuur
→ Jazz bassist Gary Peacock (Keith Jarrett Trio)
→ Country star Ferlin Husky

Other Gear

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WTS Drum Specs

4/4 WTS Artistry Series
• 10"x8" tom
• 12"x9" tom
• 14"x12" floor tom
• 16"x14" floor tom
• 22"x14" bass drum
• Gloss Cherry lacquer finish

WTS Artistry Series Snare
• 14"x8"
• Gloss Cherry lacquer finish

Artist Projects & More

Fred Taylor Music / Rising Fawn Recording

FOUNDER | Started in 1976, the studio is a full-service production house, offering everything necessary to produce great music, including a fine digital studio, instrumental arranging, musical contracting, videography and photography, audio sweetening and editing, and more! Call the studio for information at (706) 398-0007.

DRUMMER | Seattle-area fusion group with one album out and another in production!

Fred Taylor Trio
DRUMMER + FOUNDER | This New Jersey-based group has produced one studio and one live album.

Steve Pidgeon Band
DRUMMER + PRODUCER | Guitarist Steve Pidgeon collaborated with drummer Fred Taylor to release a new album in April 2020 (produced by Fred) featuring blues, rock, and some excellent and interesting covers and originals.



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