“Taylor McCall navigates the edgier aspects of country music, those that balance good and evil and have been present from even before Hank Williams claimed he’d never get out of this world alive.”
8/10, HOLLER



Emerging US singer, songwriter and musician Taylor McCall has today released his debut album Black Powder Soul via Thirty Tigers.

Produced by Sean McConnell (Michael Franti, Wade Bowen), Black Powder Soul is the product of a winding musical journey for twenty-three-year-old McCall that began at age seven when he received his first guitar. In the years since, the South Carolina native and avid outdoorsman and fisherman has formed his own sense of unique musicianship—incorporating self-taught styles that fit each song rather than following conventional techniques. With Black Power Soul‘s fourteen tracks, including a special prologue featuring the voice his late grandfather, McCall explores the balance of good and evil, destruction and healing and the importance of having faith in the darkest of times.

Already receiving critical praise, Rolling Stone proclaims, “a brooding debut…spooky percussion and a vocal rumble reminiscent of Johnny Cash’s version of ‘God’s Gonna Cut You Down,'” while Holler declares, “This is powerful, penetrating songwriting…listeners who gravitate to the darker fringe of the genre will find plenty to chew on in this stunningly intense album that takes no prisoners, often detonating as if ignited by the explosive titular element.”

Reflecting on the album, McCall shares, “This, to me, felt like what I’d been dreaming about for years…Black Powder Soul is the circle of life: you’re dropped off here, by the old ship of Zion, and everything in between is life itself, from good to bad. The things that clutter up the pure soul are all in here. We all have a black powder soul that can explode, but there is redemption in all of us too.”

McCall has built a strong grassroots fanbase since discovering his voice in his late teens. His songs “The Hounds” and “Quartermaster” have received over 747,000 and 795,000 streams across platforms respectively since they were released last year, while his recent OurVinyl Session has garnered over 224,000 streams collectively. Moreover, new album track, “Highway Will,” has garnered over 535,000 streams across platforms since its debut earlier this summer.  Additionally, early champions include MeatEater‘s Steven Rinella, who recently featured McCall as a guest on Ep. 242 of his acclaimed podcast (listen here).

McCall has been performing at Nashville’s AmericanaFest this week before heading out on a US tour with Sean McConnell. Stand by for news of McCall’s debut UK shows.

Photo credit: Laura Partain


1. Old Ship of Zion Prelude
2. Black Powder Soul
3. Red Handed
4. White Wine
5. Crooked Lanes
6. Hell’s Half Acre
7. Man Out of Time
8. Surrender Blues
9. South of Broadway
10. Wide Open
11. Highway Will
12. So Damn Lucky
13. Lucifer
14. Old Ship of Zion Outro


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