|Buddy Paul with Gene Taylor|
Gene Taylor was in great form. He played awesome! He was in full control and knew what he wanted and was giving more direction than a traffic cop in New York!
The first gig of the Valencia tour was on the Friday night at a bar called El Lloc; it's the pub in Pobla las Farnalls.
As you know, Valencian bars are so loud you can’t hear the band normally but Gene did his set and tinkles the ivories like no one I've heard, ever! It was an awesome blues n boogie set. Then there was a long break while everyone ate. We hit the stage about 11.pm and since we had been there since 8pm I was so tired and fed up of waiting.
|Gene Taylor with Danny Boy|
Then at one point he shouted – “Piano an Harp” !! The band dropped back with a cool blues groove and I harped it up and Gene tinkles some cool blues and boogie, then we carried on till early hours.
The next night we were at a bar called Una Cosas Rara in Valencia. As it turned out, I managed to pull off the gig for Gene followed by a Valencia Blues Society jam with him on the same night.
We had Gene up first on piano doing a solo set.
|Gene Taylor * Harmonica George|
I said, Hey Gene, how about in the second half we have a blues harp set with you and all our harp guys?” He said, “Why the hell not? I'm having a great time”, he said. We rolled with it and it was AWESOME.
|Javier Blues Boy * Gene Taylor * Buddy Paul|
A life experience for me and all who were here to witness and enjoy the style of playing that keeps us all in the mood for blues.
Blues On! Buddy Paul