Although a Georgia native, Eric Taylor found fame in Tx, where his folksinging influenced both Lyle Lovett and Nanci Griffith (both of whom have recorded his songs). Taylor got a trip to Houston in 1970, and after viewing Lightnin’ Hopkins and Townes Vehicle Zandt, was persuaded to remain. He emerged through the Houston folk picture from the ’70s alongside Vehicle Zandt and Man Clark; despite regional popularity, his full-scale nationwide debut on Watermelon Information wasn’t released until August 1995. The self-titled recording (made by Iain Matthews and Tag Hallman) included support vocals from Lovett and help from many Tx musicians. Resurrect adopted in 1998; from then on album Taylor authorized with Eminent Information and released Scuffletown 3 years later on. The recording was critically acclaimed and was the first ever to feature Taylor carrying out cover tracks alongside his unique compositions, including two tracks by Townes Vehicle Zandt.