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Otis Taylor: Double V

Read "Double V" reviewed by Jim Santella

Backed by acoustic strings of the more intimate sort, Otis Taylor interprets his original blues tunes sincerely. His homespun voice has a little grit in it. There’s nothing fake about the way Taylor explains it. With blues harp in hand, he takes over with timeless tales and new twists.

Bringing in rotating cellists to accompany was a brilliant idea. The luster of the instrument’s timbre blends appropriately with Taylor’s fluid voice. He’s able to mourn over subjects such ...

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Otis Taylor: Truth Is Not Fiction

Read "Truth Is Not Fiction" reviewed by Jim Santella

Moving comfortably between acoustic and contemporary electric blues, Otis Taylor brings us an exciting new album with social commentary laced all the way through. This is his fifth album. The seasoned bluesman’s passionate volume of adventurous storytellin’ garnered several W.C. Handy Award nominations this year.

Taylor, 55, grew up in Chicago and Denver. His first love was the banjo, which gets quite a workout on Truth Is Not Fiction. Singing with a down-home ease and a genuine spirit, the bluesman ...


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