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Butch Taylor
Birth name Clarence Francis Taylor
Also known as "Mr. Chops"
Born April 13, 1961 (1961-04-13) (age 48)
Shawsville, Virginia, U.S.
Genres Rock, Jazz
Occupations Musician, composer, writer
Instruments Keyboards
Associated acts Secrets
Dave Matthews Band
Website davematthewsband.com

Butch Taylor (born Clarence Francis Taylor on April 13, 1961 in Shawsville, Virginia) is a composer, writer, keyboardist and long time guest musician with Dave Matthews Band.

Although not a formal member of the band he acted as a permanent sixth member of the group from 1998 until 2008, making contributions on both studio and live albums. Before teaming up with the band, Taylor played in the band Secrets with Dave Matthews Band drummer, Carter Beauford as well as longtime Dave Matthews Band friend and guest guitarist, Tim Reynolds. Over the years he has also composed many scores for television and film.

Taylor attended James Madison University, Virginia where he played trumpet in the JMU Jazz Band. It was here he met Dave Matthews Band saxophonist, LeRoi Moore. He studied for a bachelors degree in English and a Masters degree in music and also returned to the university some years later to teach.

He currently resides in Richmond, VA with his wife and 3 sons.

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