Talk about a family of fabulists: Chip Taylor, a songwriter with several chart-topping hits; his brothers, Academy Award-winning actor Jon Voight and world-renowned vulcanologist Barry Voight; and their father Elmer Voight, a professional golfer. Growing up in that household seems to have given Taylor great material for his new album, Yonkers, N.Y.
In a folk-based mix of sung memories and spoken recollections, Taylor follows an autobiographical thread, as he discusses everything from his stint as a professional gambler to his father's tall tales of being an FBI agent. Taylor's content is diverse, politically conscious and intellectually stimulating, giving depth to his reflections.
With the release of Yonkers, N.Y., Taylor lined up a few special tour dates with his brother Jon, including appearances at Birchmere in D.C. and The Living Room in New York City. Voight's presence at these performances helps bring their fascinating, humorous past even more into the present. They appear together here on World Café.
This segment originally ran Jan. 12, 2010.