Cy Taggart

"Swingin' Bluesy Funky Reggae Rock"
     
   
Cy's Bio

Music has always been an important part of my life. I sang in the church when I was very young. Attempted cello, trumpet, and drums through grade school. I finally found the guitar in High School along with a changed voice. Did the singer strummer thing during the first couple years of college.

Enter the choir.
A life changing experience (thanks Dr Burswald and John Luziak) caused me to switch schools and major in music. As a guitarist I along with all the other non band orchestra instrumental majors had to be in choir. I was sold. I ended up studying conducting, founded the Mt Prospect Community Choir and ultimately earned a teaching certificate. Developed an excellent middle school choir program in Lake Bluff IL from 84 to 91. In 1992 I moved to the newly combined Waukegan High School and laid the ground work for their choir program from 92-95. In addition to teaching full time I also did choir clinics, judged contests, directed musicals, got married, had two wonderful children, went back to school and earned a Masters in Music, played in a couple of "weekend warrior" bands, and helped start "The Bog Theatre" in my home town of Des Plaines IL.

Next Stop Richmond VA.
My better half's job took us to Richmond Virginia. With two young children I became a stay home dad. Then I started playing with the band Solid Gold Fish Bowl. Stayed with them for two very enjoyable years. We produced a CD, opened for Los Lobos, and regularly played at many of the larger venues in Richmond. I also started an acoustic band called "Down To Earth" with John Walls and Amy Henderson, a great acoustic trio. We played a few shows and then Amy moved to Boston ending the band. During that time I also started a home based musician's rental service called Affordable Audio Rentals.

After fishbowl I played with the Boucan Brothers, a southern rock band, that in 3 years played two state fairs and opened for Mark Wills at Innsbrook. Also played with Scott Haskins in the "Scott & Cy" duo. Started another "Down To Earth" type band Called CBJR. Cy Taggart, Bobby Jorgenson, John Leedes, and Rod Hyner. This was in my opinion a "super group", unfortunately we all played in multiple bands and booking became near impossible.

Then I worked with Bobby Jorgensen and Chip Farnsworth in an electric trio called "Blind Carbon Copy" (Bobby, Chip, and Cy) this ultimately became the basis for the Chicago Cy Band, but I still like the name "Blind Carbon Copy".

Enter Chicago Cy

The name Chicago Cy came from Bubba Boucan of the Boucan Bothers who would introduce me with "From Chicago Cy Taggart" and the name stuck. Chicago Cy started playing solo shows in 2003, including an opening spot for Paul Rishell and Annie Raines a national touring blues act.

I soon added drums and then bass to complete the "Chicago Cy Band". In 2004 Chicago Cy / Chicago Cy Band played over 140 shows. Chicago Cy "solo" played in restaurants, country clubs, private parties, and also opened for the national blues artist Ernie Hawkins.In addition to the many club and private dates the Chicago Cy Band played at the "Rolling on the River" Harley Party, got the call to open for 38 Special at Innsbrook and for the Kings of Swing at the July 4th festival in Chesterfield. 2004 was a great year we continued Jive in 05 with over 100 shows including an opening spot for Deborah Coleman at "Swingin' on the Tracks".

The Band was "up in the mix in 06" with a new line up. Tim Stanton on bass / Vocal & Tom Lenahan on Drums / Vocal. With the addition of these fine players who after 2 years are still putting up with me. I decided it was time to go into the studio.

In Sept of 2007 we released the CD "It's Alright" through Digitone Records.
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The song "Peace In Our Time" is still charting on Neil Young's website.
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Also in 07 I became a Board member of The Richmond Blues Society. I am heading up the "Blues In The Schools" Program. I am excited about getting into the classroom again.

In '08 we recorded the tracks for a new disk titled "Beet The Meetles" through Digitone Records.
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And appeared on the PBS show
"The Music Seen"


'O9 Is Just Fine The Chicago Cy Band continues to play out regularly. I am working on a pseudo Piedmont style "Blues ala Cy" Looking for a harp player to do some shows with. Tim (CC Bass man) and I have been doing some Duets We are calling ourselves the "Resonators" I have also Joined Alt Country band called The Circuit Riders. I am getting my Steel and Mandolin chops back.