Maria Taylor talks about why she doesn't use a high E string on any of her guitars

Maria Taylor (due this Sunday, January 5, at the Larimer Lounge) first came to prominence as a member of Azure Ray. Her luminous and ethereal yet strong and warm vocals and skill in multiple instruments helped to make that band stand out and resulted in Taylor being invited to collaborate with a broad array of artists like Moby, Crooked Fingers and Bright Eyes. When Azure Ray went on a brief hiatus in 2004, Taylor wrote her first solo album, 2005's 11:11, which received great acclaim.

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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.