Playing Favorites with Robbie Taylor

by Dege Legg

The Robbie Taylor Trio hosts a night of Buddy Holly music at the Wild Salmon.

Lifelong fan of Buddy Holly, Robbie Taylor of the Roebucks, once escorted Buddy Holly's wife, Maria Elena, to a Texas Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony way back in 1985. He was pretty stoked to be so close to someone connected to one of his major inspirations. Often overlooked, but never overrated, Taylor is Lafayette's reining king of Gulf Coast rockabilly twang. He was on it before it was cool. And he ain't leaving it alone.

Since '91, Taylor has been rocking the clubs of Lafayette in his band The Roebucks, putting out vintage twang mixed with backwoods rock and roll. The Robbie Taylor Trio (with Jeff Leblanc and Shannon May) will pay tribute to Buddy Holly on Jan. 28 at the Wild Salmon as they host a night in honor the man and his music. Expect over 30 songs that Buddy Holly either wrote or popularized in the years 1956-1959.


Favorite guilty pleasure record from the 1980s?
Tainted Love by Soft Cell.

Worst gig ever?
VFW Hall in Judice for a Singles Dating Party. We couldn't bring our own beer in, so drank out back.

If you crossed Buddy Holly with Danzig who or what would you get?
A Wholly Bugger.

Quickest way to seriously offend Robbie Taylor?
If you don't trust me, I'm going to have to lie to you.

Young, Old, or 30-something Elvis?
Come back Elvis. By that time he'd realized the career mistakes he'd made, but he was still badass.

What brand of cigarettes is hardest on your vocal chords?
Picayune cigarettes.

If you were an old car what year, make and model would Robbie Taylor be?
1969 Chevelle SS 396.