Otis Taylor's 14th album, Hey Joe Opus/Red Meat is an interesting mix of trippy, psychedelic sounds and traditional blues. The 10 songs flow into one another, as if one long song, but never seem long and work individually. "Hey Joe" appears twice and is the main theme of the record, while Taylor's original, "Sunday Morning appears in three different forms, all distinctly different, yet tied together. It's a unique mix, but it works. The first "Hey Joe" uses a three-guitar attack, including Taylor, Warren Haynes, and Langhorne Slim with violin courtesy of Todd Edmunds and cornet from Taylor Scott. It
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Otis Taylor's latest is a trance-blues work of art.
This week's Top 20 at Blues Radio is again headed up by the collaboration between Blues Hall of Famer Charlie Musselwhite and Ben Harper. The two first teamed up while guesting on an album by the late John Lee Hooker and now have a joint project for the reborn Stax label and it's been heating up the charts since its release. The new album from blues/roots master Otis Taylor, My World Is Gone comes in at #2 followed by Harry Manx, The Slide Brothers (great album, by the way, review forthcoming) and Shemekia Copeland's 33 1/3. I've listened to four
Top 20 Albums at Blues Radio for the Week of March 30
I don't know how long it's been since we checked in at Blues Radio and looked at which albums were leading the way having run a double secret errand this week reminded me of this dormant column and got me in the mood to revisit it. The latest from Janiva Magness, Stronger For It, is topping charts this week with Joan Osbourne's Bring It On Home following her. If you're curious, yes, this is the same Joan Osbourne who had a huge hit in the '90s with "One Of Us." I wasn't a huge fan of that song but she's
Taylor at the top of his form on 'Contraband'
In the Ray Charles biopic Ray, Jamie Foxx's Ray Charles character says the reason people love country music is because it has great stories. That ritual of great storytelling is at the heart of so many traditional musics, a way of retelling the history of a people before easily reproducible written copies was accessible to the masses. Great storytelling has been downplayed in contemporary blues and other components are accentuated, some good and others less, but it's one of the characteristics that makes Otis Taylor's music feel traditional even as he builds his sound using instruments not often associated with the
Kilborn Alley Surges Into Top 5 At Blues Radio; Ruthie Foster, Joe Louis Walker, Otis Taylor Also Tops
Blues Radio Report For Feb. 24, 2012
It's been awhile since we checked in with the biggest albums at blues radio but we resume our weekly check of the charts and I'm thrilled to see our friends Kilborn Alley Blues Band in the Top 5 with their latest record Four, one of my Best Albums of 2011. I can't say enough good things about Kilborn Alley's record and it's exciting to see the album catching on with blues listeners nationwide. The album topped the radio charts atLiving Blues, as well. It's such a great roots-oriented record that embodies the feeling of the blues without being a slave to
Last minute ideas for your Valentine...
Happy Valentine's Day, kids, and welcome to New Music Tuesday for this loveliest of days. Guys, if you haven't picked up something special for your ladyfriend, take a look at these titles released just this very day. I've become quite the fan of bluesman Otis Taylor and his unique brand of primitive blues. Taylor's latest work Contraband is about as deep blues as it gets. The title of this work is a familiar word but I never knew the connotation it had during the Civil War. "Contraband" was a term for escaped slaves who escaped across the Mason-Dixon line and lived in
EIghth Telarc release follows up 2010 'Clovis People, Vol. 3'
Blues great Otis Taylor has prepared Contraband for a February 14 release date, following up his masterful 2010 release Clovis People, Vol. 3. The 14-track album was recorded before and after major surgery to remove a cyst that had connected to his liver and spine and the blues master is once again telling deeply personal, provocative stories that have long been the heart of his songwriting. The title, Contraband, was a term used for escaped slaves who escaped across the Mason-Dixon line and lived in camps where life was often as bad or worse than it was on the plantations they fled. Of the
Stretching the blues...
Otis Taylor shatters your illusions of what the blues is and what it can be. Clovis People, Vol. 3 confounds and stretches the concept of modern blues by taking on subjects other songwriters wouldn't touch and using instruments and arrangements others wouldn't think of. Many modern blues artists are influenced by the same handful of artists – Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, B.B., Albert, and Freddie King, T-Bone Walker, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Otis Rush Buddy Guy – and their music bears all those obvious hallmarks. Those are great names and it makes sense they'd inspire future generations to take to the