Whether singing one of his own great songs or a carefully selected cover, Wayne Taylor delivers it with heart and soul. His feel for the Tradition and the incredible band Appaloosa show Bluegrass in a fantastic modern light. Go see them...and buy two CD’s.
— Dennis Jones, WNCW Spindale, NC


Wayne formed "Appaloosa" after retiring from the US Navy in 2008. He was a Navy Musician with the renowned Country and Bluegrass group "Country Current." From 1999 to 2008 Wayne was the leader of the group. During his 21 years of service with the band he performed in 49 states, on the Good Morning America Show, The Today Show, The Grand Ole Opry, The Nashville Now Show, in Sweden, Halifax Nova Scotia, Beijing China, and performed for Presidents Ronald Reagan, G.H. Bush, William Clinton, and G.W. Bush. 

About the Band

"Wayne Taylor and Appaloosa" are a group of seasoned musicians who play predominately original, contemporary and traditional Bluegrass music. In their first year they shared Festival Stages with some of bluegrass' greatest artists at : The Huck Finn Jubilee in Victorville, CA, Bluegrassin' in the Hills at Plymouth, CA, Bluegrass on the Beach at Lake Havasu, AZ, Norman Adams festival at Myrtle Beach, SC, and The Annual Bluegrass event on the town square at Prescott, AZ. In 2009 they toured in Scotland, and England, and were selected to showcase The European World of Bluegrass in Holland and at the International Bluegrass Music Association convention in Nashville, TN in 2010. The group was selected to perform on IBMA's Fan-fest 2011. 


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Wayne Taylor
Guitar / Lead Vocals

Emory Lester
Acoustic Mandolin

Kene Hyatt

Keith Arneson

Wayne Taylor’s band is drenched in soul. They sound like they are first generation and here they are in the 21st century. I love these guys!
— Tonya Trischka
Wayne Taylor and Appaloosa are an inspired, innovative group of traditionalists who never venture too far from their roots, while elevating the music we love to a higher plateau.
— Wayne Bledsoe, Bluegrass producer and host KMSY Public Radio
I believe you sing that song better than Greenwood
— Former US President George H. Bush
When I think of Wayne Taylor and Appaloosa, the first word that comes to mind is precision. But their music is about much, much more. See them live and you’ll know instantly what I mean. Buy this recording and you’ll own a piece of it.
— Terry Herd, Bluegrass Radio Network
Wayne Taylor, formerly of the U.S. Navy Bluegrass Band Country Current, has been touring with his own band since his retirement. Wayne not only has one of the finest voices in bluegrass music, he’s an excellent songwriter, too. With mando wizard Emory Lester in very strong support, Mark Delaney on banjo, and Kene Hyatt on bass, the band is tuneful and lively. If you haven’t heard them before, you’re in for a surprise.
— Ted Lehmann, Writter of Bluegrass, Books, and Brainstorms, www.tedlehmann.blogspot.com
Wayne Taylor and Appaloosa - a top notch Bluegrass band, with their roots firmly placed in traditional soil, with branches reaching up to the blue heavens, to remain fresh, innovative and constant in their interpretation of what great Bluegrass music is. For quite some time now, they’ve been bringing us some of the best music around and WorldWideBluegrass.com is always proud to be spinning their newest tunes of late, as well as leaving many of their ‘grassy classics,’ home in the WWB stream. Some things just NEVER get old - and the sound of Wayne Taylor and Appaloosa is one great sound!
— Gracie Muldon, WorldWideBluegrass.com