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OTIS on the BLUES CRUISE


Otis on the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise"
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Join Otis on the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise. On Jan. 22nd to 29th. They are going to the Eastern Caribbean



LUCK on HBO


Otis Taylor's "Nasty Letter"
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Otis's "Nasty Letter" is featured on HBO's LUCK, episode 9, the final season. Check it out:



ROBERT JOHNSON TRIBUTE

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March 5th - Rehearsal -- March 6th - Apollo Tribute


On March 5th a preview rehearshal of the Robert Johnson 100th birthday tribute at the Apollo Theatre taking place on the next evening, March 6th.
Enjoy a multi-artist show with an amazing house band lead by Steve Jordan. Artists performing at the Apollo and a good chance will be participating in this live rehearsal are The Roots, Chuck D, Macy Gray, Living Colour, Shemekia Copeland, Bettye Levettte, Taj Mahal, Keb Mo, Sam Moore, and Todd Rundgren, Savion Glover, Otis Taylor, Sarah Dash, Dough Rollers, Sugar Blue, Pedrito Martinez Group, Jeffrey Wright, and Rev. Steven Johnson (Grandson of Robert Johnson. This is a rare chance to not only see artists working through material, but get an intimate and close sneak-peak of this historic concert taking place celebrating the musical legacy of Robert Johnson--considered one the most influencial musicians of the 20th century and certainly for the Blues. The show at the Apollo benefits the Building of the Blues Hall of Fame by the Blues Foundation in Memphis.


NEW YORKER MAGAZINE - CONTRABAND

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Otis Taylor, Contraband- (Telarc)


2/13/12 LISTENING BOOTH: THE PUNCH BROTHERS AND MORE
Posted by John Donohue
Otis Taylor, a blues singer, guitarist, and banjo player who was born in Chicago and raised in Denver, started in music in the late sixties and seventies, and then gave it up for a while to become an antiques dealer. He came roaring back with ten albums in the last ten years, though, and his new one, “Otis Taylor’s Contraband,” is full of sharply rendered songs about a wide range of subjects, including the Jim Crow era, slavery, and romance. Listen to “Never Been to Africa.”


DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE / EDITOR'S PICK - CONTRABAND


Otis Taylor's New Contraband
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The Chicago bluesman's unique balancing act goes on. "A new album has to be different, but you can't too different." Fred Dellar




4 STARS - MOJO MAGAZINE
Otis Taylor's New Contraband

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The Chicago bluesman's unique balancing act goes on. "A new album has to be different, but you can't too different." Fred Dellar




M MUSIC & MUSICIANS
Otis Taylor's New Contraband

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Otis Taylor watches through the window as the snow falls outside. Most would find it serene - a dusting on the mountains surrounding Boulder, Colo., the place he calls home. But not Taylor. “it’s dark and overcast”, he say with a shrug. --Lee Zimmerman




OTIS TAYLOR TRANCE BLUES FESTIVAL

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NEXT YEAR

-- November 23th, 24th, 25th, 2012
Workshop:Venues to be announced

Musicians, Singers, Writers, Educators All Instruments and All Ages Welcome

The Boulder Outlook Hotel - 800 28th Street, Boulder CO



OTIS TAYLOR AT HOME
Trance encounter: An interview with hypnotic bluesman...

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Taylor kept busy during the next few years. He became a successful antiques dealer and an expert in what are now known as "mid-century modern" pieces. He also brokered the occasional vintage car and, in the 1980s, coached an amateur bicycling team. Taylor continued to play music with friends and family but no longer tried to make a living with it. Then, in the mid-1990s, a friend asked him to play for an event he was organizing.

"I told him I'll call some people to come play," Taylor says, "so I called my friend Kenny Passarelli to come play, and we had fun. So we did it again and again, and all of a sudden, in 1997, we made a record. So I had no intention of going back into music. My wife used to say there'll never be a second album; that's what she used to tell me."

Thirty years after leaving home to become a working musician--and then quitting the music business altogether--Otis Taylor finally recorded his first album. That record, Blue-Eyed Monster, introduced a relentlessly rhythmic style that Taylor later dubbed "trance blues." Taylor played electric and acoustic guitars as well as mandolin... (Fretboard Magazine)


OTIS Ranked 5th
DownBeat Magazine - August 2010

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The 58th Annual Critics Poll has Otis Taylor in 5th place in the 'Blues Artist/Group' -Downbeat Magazine, August 2010-


OTIS IN MOJO MAGAZINE
"The stark blues truth deftly and simply delivered

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"Taylor has shaped some of the most rewarding blues albums of recent times. Not for him the huge production values. All is simplicity, a return to basics, with the emphasis on hypnotic rhythms and textures created by a melding of Ron Miles' fluid comet, Chuck Campbell's pedal steel and subtle interjections from guitarist Gary Moore, a guest on two of Taylor's previous releases. (FRED DELLAR)


"PUBLIC ENEMIES" THE MOVIE
Otis plays in Michael Mann's "Public Enemies"

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"Truth is Not Fiction" gets 4.5 stars. - - Best CDs Of The 2000s -- With a new decade dawning, DownBeat looks back at the top recordings and pervasive music-industry trends of the last 10 years. Our retrospective study includes a complete listing of all the 5-star and 4.5-star reviews published in these pages since the turn of the century.


3OTH BLUES MUSIC AWARDS
Otis garners 2 nominations in 08

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The 30th Blues Music Awards nominate Otis Taylor in two categories. Acoustic Artist of the Year and Best Instrumentalist for the banjo.


"RECAPTURING THE BANJO" A MASTERPIECE
Best CD Of '08

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The fascinating blues and blues-related music the six banjoists, with Taylor's singer/bassist daughter Cassie, craft in various groupings, never everyone together, flows over with emotional honesty. There may not be a better roots album released this year or decade than Recapturing The Banjo.

-Frank-John Hadley (March) Downbeat

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TITLE:  Fantasizing About Being Black
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