Taylor Hollingsworth (born April 24, 1983 in Birmingham) is a singer/songwriter and guitarist. He started playing at 14 and has honed his skills watching other local guitarists and listening to classic rock. His playing is often compared to Izzy Stradlin, Johnny Thunders or Keith Richards, and his music to the great garage bands of the punk era, The Stooges or Dinosaur, Jr. He is currently touring as a solo act with backing band the Spider Eaters (or is it the Tragic City Rhythm Section?). He has recorded for Skybucket Records and is currently on Atlanta's Brash label.
Hollingsworth has played with several local bands, including Verbena, Cutgrass, Flair and the Dexateens and has toured with Maria Taylor and Conor Oberst's Mystic Valley Band. His own band has gone through numerous name and personnel changes as well (the Silverpops and the Pink Puffs and variations of those). Members have included bassists John Seay and Macey Taylor and drummers Blake Williamson, Chris Zieler, Brian Gosdin and Les Nuby.
Hollingsworth performed at the 2005 City Stages festival in downtown Birmingham. His trip to the 2006 South by Southwest festival in Austin is the subject of an independent documentary film by Andy King.
- Taylor and the Puffs. You Know that Summer's Comin (2003), with John Seay on bass and Chris Zieler on drums
- Taylor and the Puffs. On White Out (Skybucket cassette EP, 2004)
- Taylor Hollingsworth. Shoot Me, Shoot Me, Heaven (Brash, 2004)
- Taylor Hollingsworth. Tragic City (Brash, 2006)
- Taylor Hollingsworth. "Bad Little Kitty" (Mass Music, 2008)
- Taylor Hollingsworth. Life with a Slow Ear (Team Love Records, 2009)
- Seay, John (March 31, 2005) "Shooting for Heaven: Taylor Hollingsworth takes off." Birmingham Weekly.
- Pennington, Cory (November 6, 2009) "Birmingham musician discusses latest album." Tuscaloosa News