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Ballad of Big Bill McGuire

by Hughes Taylor



Here it is, everyone! The official audio for our new single "Ballad of Big Bill McGuire." Based on a true story, this swampy, gritty, blues rock tune is about an event that took place in my family's history back in 1899. I will post a couple of the newspaper clippings I found during my research while writing this song.


McGuire was a big man
On the Alabama shore
When he got to drinkin'
Well, he only wanted more
And at the bottom of a bottle
He found his loaded gun
And headed back to Mobile
To put a man on the run

The Ballad of Big Bill McGuire

Now, Samuel was a good man
He never meant nobody harm
But you never cross ole Big Bill
With his sister on your arm
McGuire grabbed his pistol
It was a silver .32
And he shot a man in cold blood
Just to settle the dispute

The Ballad of Big Bill McGuire

Big Bill went a runnin'
Right into the sheriff's arms
A confession for some brandy
But he don't seem too alarmed
Sent to die in prison
For the blood on his hands
Oh, but Big Bill kept a grinnin'
Poor Sam never stood a chance
With only one regret
Before they sentenced him to life
"I wished I shot 'em five times
"Instead of only twice"

The Ballad of Big Bill McGuire


released November 21, 2022
Hughes Taylor- Guitar, Vocals
Ben Alford- Bass, Backing Vocals
Nich Gannon- Drums

Written and produced by Hughes Taylor K.
Recorded and mixed by Sean Williams

Cover art by Feral Print Co.


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Hughes Taylor Macon, Georgia

An old soul hailing from Macon Georgia USA, Hughes Taylor was immediately drawn to the blues when he first picked up the guitar. Today an accomplished guitar player with a voice that is bigger than he is, Hughes has developed his signature style: a fiery brand of blues-rock whose lineage stretches back to Stevie Ray Vaughan and Cream.
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