When I reach Pam Taylor by phone, she's en route from Amsterdam to Israel, preparing for the September 23 release party for her new solo album Steal Your Heart at a Tel Aviv joint called, of all things, Mike's Place.
"I've never been this far away from home for so long," Taylor, who grew up in Lancaster, South Carolina, says.
The distance the Charlotte-based singer, songwriter and guitarist has traversed since launching her career in 2011 at Forty Rod Roadhouse, in Mint Hill, is more than geographical. It's an odyssey of healing and personal growth that has shaped her both as an artist and person. Perhaps fitting for a country singer who plays electric blues guitar, her road has been beset with hardship and disappointments: a band breakup, lost job, collapsed roof, and more recently, a ruptured disc in her neck that nearly derailed her career.
Taylor had been playing in cover bands when she decided to write and play her own music. The Pam Taylor Band released their debut album Hot Me...