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“Pentatonic Wars and Love Songs”: An Interview with Otis Taylor

The critically acclaimed bluesman talks to PopMatters about his musical path, bringing the banjo back to its roots in black music, and his new album Pentatonic Wars and Love Songs that marks his return to the guitar.

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9 May 2008 // 11:45 AM

20 Questions: Otis Taylor

Multi-instrumentalist and respected bluesman, re-imagines the banjo on his latest work, Recapturing the Banjo, released in February on Telarc Records. Collaborating with the likes of Guy Davis, Corey Harris, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Keb’ Mo’ and Don Vappie, Recapturing the Banjo got an 8 from PopMatters back in March. Our very own Lou Friedman said: "Otis Taylor is the only "modern day" bluesman who can make the blues sound primitive without being phony or contrived. And it really doesn’t matter what weapon he’s using to fire his musical provocations. In this case, he’s chosen a banjo as the primary cannon from his arsenal. Something way better than Recapturing the Banjo is going to have to come along to knock this off the pedestal as the best blues release of 2008.

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Otis Taylor: Recapturing the Banjo

Many people would be surprised that the banjo's origin came from Africa, not the Appalachians. Otis Taylor, along with a cadre of fellow blues musicians, is here to remind you of that.

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Otis Taylor: Definition of a Circle

Taylor sounds like he's struggling for a new sound, but he still delivers some quality performances.

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	Otis Taylor: Below the Fold

Taylor dazzles with a new album that makes feeling blue something very special.

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	Otis Taylor: Double V

Otis Taylor is a large but soft-spoken man, and in concert, it’s surprising to hear the rage and power in his performance. On his

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	Otis Taylor: Respect the Dead

The eerie command to Respect the Dead spelled out in blackmailer’s lettering advises the prospective listener that this record will be a challenge. Otis

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A Chat with José González at Newport Folk Festival

// Notes from the Road

"José González's sets during Newport Folk Festival weren't on his birthday (that is today) but each looked to be a special intimate performance.

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