For fans who haven’t heard of Cole Taylor, it’s time to take notice. After a long road from his hometown of Cuthbert, Georgia to Nashville, the 23 year old has released a new self titled EP. The EP consists of five songs, all of which were written or co-written by Taylor and previously available to listen to as demos on his website, ColeTaylorLive.com. Despite being a smaller name in the country music industry, the EP currently sits at number 5 on iTunes Top 100 country albums.
Of the tracks on the EP, two stand out: “See You Around” and “Break That Lonely.” The first of these highlights the difficulties of breaking up in a small town. Taylor sings how there are no real goodbyes because “I know that I’m gonna see you around.” It is uptempo, short, and has a bro-country feel, but it also is concise, relatable, and extremely well-written. From the first time you listen to it it is easy to understand why it is one of the most popular off the EP. “Break That Lonely,” the longest track on the records, tells the story of a guy wishing a girl would give him a chance after she went through a particularly bad break up. Although the message is very different from “See You Around,” it is equally well-written and its overall production is very similar. It has the potential, if released or promoted, to have success as a radio single.
Overall this is an extremely impressive debut to mainstream country for Taylor. Considering the fact that he co-wrote Florida Georgia Line’s newest single, “Sippin’ on Fire,” and that this EP is off to such a hot start, country fans should expect to see his name pop up more and more in the coming months.
Complete Track Listing:
“Break That Lonely”
“More Than Just a Night”
“See You Around”