Monica Taylor with Travis Fite presented by Rainshadow Concerts
This red dirt girl grew up in the heart of Red Dirt music country near Stillwater, Oklahoma. The Cimarron River flows just a mile to the south, the sky is big and full of colors in the early morning, and those last few minutes of the day.
Farming and ranching has been the staple for the small community of Perkins in which she grew up. Rodeo, church, swimmin holes, baling hay, kids meeting each other on a dirt road to ride horses, picnics, the senior citizens in the little town have always had great country and western swing music on monday nights. These are the things that filled Monicas life growing up.
Riding home on the school bus, how I’d search the road ahead
for two dogs by a mailbox, that had letters painted red.
Then I’d grab my books and say goodbye and I’d step down on the ground
then we’d all three walk together, there ain’t no better life I’ve found.
— from Monica’s song “The Front Porch Light”
Monica was dubbed the “Cimarron Songbird” by fellow red dirt songwriters by the now legendary Jimmy LaFave and Bob Childers, the unofficial godfather of Oklahoma’s red dirt scene. She writes and sings stories from the heart and from her Cherokee, Scottish, & Irish heritage. Her unique singing style and her home near the Cimarron River informs her songs about home, red dirt roads & fence posts, trains & rivers, and love & yearning.