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.
1. The latest book or movie that made you cry?
When I was six years old I cried at Old Yeller and then I never cried at another movie again.
2. The fictional character most like you?
The black guy in Gladiator (I think his name was Juba), he was loyal and had a family, as well. He was always trying to get back home which I feel like I am doing every time I leave my family.
3. The greatest album, ever?
Take Five by Dave Brubeck.
4. Star Trek or Star Wars?
Star Trek definitely, Spock is the man!
5. Your ideal brain food?
For me, waking up each day and really experiencing life, the colors, smells, sounds is what stimulates me. Each day is different.