Maid in Oklahoma

Oklahoma Today|July/August 2020

Maid in Oklahoma
Monica Taylor’s talent grew from the red dirt, and fans of The Cherokee Maidens are enjoying the fruit of her labors.
HANNAH EDMONDSON

A PAWN SHOP guitar and time at the farm: It’s hardly a coincidence that Monica Taylor’s life story reads like lyrics to an old country song. Raised in Perkins on Western swing records and the Sanders Family Bluegrass Festival in McAlester, Taylor’s exposure to the classic country canon started early.

“As a little girl, I heard Bob Wills records when I was going to sleep,” Taylor says.

In the fourth grade, Taylor’s aunt Carlotta Davis gave her a twelve-string guitar. Roughly a decade later, Taylor started writing her own tunes. Her songwriting roots are deeply planted in Red Dirt music—a style born on the outskirts of Stillwater.

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