Wayne Taylor a native of North Carolina, began playing guitar when he was nine years old. His father introduced him to the band's guitar player at the local American Legion dance who showed Wayne a few chords. At age 12, he joined his first band playing rhythm guitar and backup vocals with his brother David in "The Initials." The group played for high school dances and local engagements for four years. Wayne then formed his own group, the "Contours." The group played with Arthur Smith's "Cracker Jacks" on two occasions and for local dances. They stayed together for three years. Eventually, Wayne was inspired by Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and the Beatles, and started playing rock and pop music. He played in a local rock band throughout high school for dances and concerts.
The first introduction to bluegrass. Wayne and long-time friend David Parker visited Spruce Pine, NC to see Lester Flatt, Marty Stuart and Mac Wiseman perform at the first annual Kent Wiseman Memorial bluegrass festival in 1972. Shortly there-after, he and David formed the "East Maiden Express" bluegrass group, where Wayne played mandolin. The group performed locally and traveled to Estes Park, Colorado where they played for several months. The group had their final performance at the Union Grove Fiddler's Convention in 1973.
In 1974 Wayne joined the US Navy. His duty stations included Midway Island, the School of Music in Little Creek, VA. In 1976, he received orders to perform lead guitar and lead vocalist with The Seventh Fleet Band, “Orient Express” in Yokosuka, Japan onboard the USS Oklahoma City. His travels carried him to Thailand, Korea, Philippines, Hong Kong, and to Mauritius Island.
Wayne was honorably discharged from the Navy in 1978 and began studying music at the San Joaquin Delta College, he later entered The Conservatory of Music at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA. He studied Music Therapy, and earned a Bachelor's degree in Music. Upon graduating in 1983 Wayne and family traveled back to North Carolina.
In 1987 Wayne auditioned for the Navy Band in Washington, DC and was accepted. He reenlisted and served 21 years in the Navy Band’s country/bluegrass group "Country Current" under the direction of famed banjo player Bill Emerson for six years. During his tenure with the Navy Band, Wayne performed 49 of the 50 states, The White House for four US Presidents, Beijing China, Sweden, Halifax Nova Scotia, The Grand Ole Opry, and performed for many high ranking military dignitaries.
Master Chief Musician, Wayne Taylor retired from the Navy in 2008 and formed the group “Wayne Taylor and Appaloosa”. He has 10 CD’s to his credit and has performed many US and European Bluegrass venues. His music can be heard regularly on Sirius XM’s Bluegrass Junction, and on many radio stations around the world.