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Bobby Taylor


Bobby Taylor was born in Kanawha County and is a fourth generation fiddler. He grew up within three miles of Clark Kessinger’s home, and he naturally gravitated to Clark Kessinger’s fiddling. Clark Kessinger’s music was highly desired by square dancers, and his early recordings included square dance calls by Ernest Legg. Mr. Taylor, a state champion fiddler, carries on the square dance tradition and regularly plays for three dances a month.

Watch Past Performances

Video 8/16/2012: The Kanawha Tradition

Robert Shafer, Robin Kessinger, and Bobby Taylor, three of the Kanawha Valley’s best traditional musicians, present a dynamic performance. Part of Homegrown: The Music of America concert series.

Bobby Taylor