Gradual Taylor was born in Madeira , Ohio a suburb of Cincinnati . He attended the University of Cincinnati. When Gradual was in first grade, his music teacher said “, I can see this young man coming out on stage right now.” At the age of 14, Gradual began singing, playing guitar, and harmonica. Soon he was in a rock n’ roll band . Gradual went to an event at age 18, The Grateful Dead were playing at the Hyde Park Canteen. By then, Gradual was very excellent on harmonica. He was brought back stage by Pigpen and played with the Grateful Dead. Gradual played with Bootsy Collins , Junior Walker and the AllStars, Bobby Womack. Gradual studied the music of Chuck Berry , the Beatles, Jeff Beck ,Taj Mahal and many assorted others .He was brought up on stage with Luther Allison, and received a standing ovation. In the mid-70s, Gradual contacted Willy Dixon, and Willy took kindly to Gradual and gave him a lot of advice, and said that he liked Gradual’s song, “Shake that Hiney”. Willy talked to me like a kindly old uncle. and some of the things that he said seemed a little nutty. Years later, I saw how many songs that Willy wrote that I was already playing, and I was floored. Graduals major influences are Chuck Berry ,Freddy King , Jeff Beck & John Lennon. and countless others and Willy Dixon. Gradual has always been interested in original music and all of the music that you hear will probably be original.