The Roanoke Valley music scene — and many many friends — lost a great dude on Saturday night, when talented and versatile drummer Chance Taylor died in a car crash, along with his father, Randy Taylor. The outpouring of emotion for Chance Taylor on facebook has been beautiful, and friends and family plan a candlelight vigil for the father and son tonight at the Franklin County Recreation Department baseball fields, 2150 Sontag Road, Rocky Mount.
Taylor could lay down grooves, no doubt, and he could and would do it in a variety of styles. He played in too many bands to list here, but most recently was playing with both Tobacco Apache and The Aurora Observatory, the latter a longtime gig for him. Previously, he had been with Barefoot West, and folks who caught “Lake Effects” on the Hallmark Channel Sunday saw him in a scene with that band.
More folks might have seen him with the Americana-style bands with which he played, but less known is his work with The Aurora Observatory, a band which was scheduled to open for Local H on Saturday. TAO, as its fans call it, is a progressive hard rock act — which means the drums had better be kicking some arse. That was no trouble for Chance, who happened to be as cool offstage as he was powerful onstage.
Hear for youself via the streaming embed below, and feel free to post your thoughts and memories of the Taylors.