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Monday, July 20 2009

"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.


Reviews

Thursday, February 21 2013

Otis Taylor: My World Is Gone

Talented Colorado bluesman once again overrates his voice and underrates his instrumental texturing. To say that the depth of lyrical commentary here centers on the treatment of Native Americans only extends to the cover photo would be wrong, but it's depressingly not far off.


Tuesday, February 21 2012

Otis Taylor: Otis Taylor's Contraband

A stumble from a master still has plenty of rewards on it, but isn't essential.


Wednesday, July 21 2010

Otis Taylor: Clovis People, Vol. 3

Propelled first and foremost by Taylor’s extraordinary vocals, this is a welcome addition to Taylor’s discography, even if it doesn’t wildly diverge from earlier records.


Wednesday, July 8 2009

Otis Taylor: Pentatonic Wars and Love Songs

Taylor's best record in about half a decade, and a memorable development in his sound.


Wednesday, March 12 2008

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.


Blogs

Friday, May 9 2008

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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