Bobby Taylor, co-founder of Juice, talked about the band and how it all began.
EVENT: When did you get your start?
BT: I’ve been playing music my entire life. I started playing the drums when I was 5 years old.
EVENT: Who is in the band?
BT: Hunter Copeland and I formed Juice in 1997 after life brought us back to Huntsville after college. We played music together during our Huntsville High days, and college. We would play at Tip Top and Velvet Underground. Humphrey’s and Sammy T’s were favorites too back when we first started. Now, our venues are more like the Space and Rocket Center under the Saturn V rocket.
As far as the members of Juice, guys came and went, but Hunter and I never stopped. We’ve been Juice for 20 years now. Danny Bealer, my keyboard player has played with us for 10 years. He’s the best in Huntsville. Also, Shelly Williams, our Sax player has been with us for 8 years. He’s a star on his own. Trombone player Barron Robinson began playing with us just over a month ago.
EVENT: What are your influences?
BT: I’m influenced by all types of music. I love anything from Motown to Pop, Prince, Michael Jackson, and Marvin Gaye. I grew up listening to Earth, Wind, and Fire and The Commodores. I think as a band, one of the coolest experiences was performing in front of Kool & The Gang at Big Spring Jam and looking over and seeing them standing off stage, enjoying our music. It was awesome!
EVENT: What’s your favorite place to play? Dream venue?
BT: I’ve tried to instill my love for music in my 3 kids, so there’s always someone playing an instrument or singing in our house.
I don’t know that I have a dream venue. As the dad of two girls, singing for the father-daughter dance at weddings never gets old. Years ago, when we were trying to make it big, my dreams were different. Now, I call myself George Bailey because I think I’m the richest man in town. I’ve got a family who loves and supports me, a great job, and I get to play music with my best friend in a town I love. It doesn’t get much better than that. n