Taylor James Donskey

Taylor James Donskey is a lover and writer of songs. Although he has become known for his work as a sideman (bass, vocals, trumpet, trombone, percussion), Donskey considers himself a songwriter and band leader ahead of all else.

Absorbing the sounds of the many bands he’s played in (I Like You, The Lowland Lakers, Lena Elizabeth, The Gentlemen’s Anti-Temperance League, Mississippi Hot Club), Donskey has carved a unique spot for himself in the Twin Cities music scene that includes elements of pop, bluegrass, folk, and jazz.

Raised in La Crosse, Wisconsin and influenced by his time in the Driftless Region, he picked up the bass at 14 and began his life as a sideman. He played in pop-punk bands and school jazz combos. He sang in choirs and played trumpet, trombone, percussion, and most importantly, the bass. This led him to playing paid gigs in high school, sitting in with his uncle’s cover band. “I had to learn nearly two hours of rock cover songs,” Donskey says. Playing music by Bowie, Petty, Harrison, and McCartney left its mark. “A lot of that music had incredible bass lines like I’d never really heard. It really inspired me.”

Recognizing his talent, his uncle gave him a Sigma acoustic guitar. “He bought it in the seventies, and I’ve continued to play it. A relentless old companion, it has followed me wherever I go, and it is the instrument from which many of my songs have grown.” Taking that big leap into the spotlight, Taylor James Donskey emerges from his supporting role with Paper Over It, a sophisticated debut, showcasing his strong songwriting skills and prowess as an arranger and producer.

When not busy performing his own music or touring in Lena Elizabeth’s band, he teaches ukulele, piano, electric bass, upright bass, guitar, songwriting, music theory, and voice. “Teaching is my second great joy,” he says. “I’ve learned how to translate the language of music so that people may experience it in their own way.”

Past Shows


Oct
10
th
2021
Fine Line
Oct
10
th
2021
Fine Line

Wild Rivers

with Old Sea Brigade and Taylor James Donskey

More Shows

Jun
5
th
7th St Entry

A Wilhelm Scream

Mar
12
th
Turf Club

Suzanne Santo

May
15
th
Turf Club

Hatchie

with Caroline Loveglow
Apr
24
th
7th St Entry

Prince Daddy & the Hyena

with Macseal, Insignificant Other and California Cousins