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Pennsylvania Blues Festival 2013

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22nd Pennsylvania Blues Festival
Blue Mountain Ski Resort
Palmerton, PA
July 26-28, 2013

For the past 22 years, veteran festival producer Michael Cloeren has thrown a weekend party in the Pocono mountains, playing host to fifteen of his favorite blues musician friends and their bands and inviting a few thousand avid fans of the ...

Luis Bonilla, Terri Lyne Carrington, Tony Levin & Otis Taylor

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The Luis Bonilla Quintet
Dizzy's Club
March 19, 2013

For two nights only, trombonist Luis Bonilla brought his quintet to Dizzy's Club. The first set on the first evening launched off into an assured blast of convoluted style amalgamation. Many might view Bonilla as a Latin jazz specialist because ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Visionary Songwriter Otis Taylor Returns With His Powerful And Unique Blend Of Roots Music And Narrative Poetry

Visionary Songwriter Otis Taylor Returns With His Powerful And Unique Blend Of Roots Music And Narrative Poetry

My World Is Gone explores the struggles of Native Americans with contributions from Indigenous frontman/guitar virtuoso Mato Nanji BOULDER, Colo. — Roots music visionary Otis Taylor’s 13th album, My World Is Gone, set for release February 12, 2013 on Telarc, a division of Concord Music Group, is a lightning bolt of musical creativity and social commentary. Its songs crackle with ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Pennsylvania Blues Festival: Palmerton, PA, July 27-29, 2012

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Pennsylvania Blues Festival
Blue Mountain Ski Area
Palmerton, PA
July 27-29, 2012

For 21 years, the Pocono Mountains have been the epicenter of the blues, attracting thousands to the bottom of a ski slope for three days each summer. Blue Mountain Ski Resort lent itself well to the fifteen national acts that performed on two ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Otis Taylor: New Album

Otis Taylor: New Album

HAUNTING, HYPNOTIC GROOVES FROM ICONOCLASTIC TRANCE BLUESMAN OTIS TAYLOR Otis Taylor isn't defined by any single category. A musical alchemist and a true innovator, Taylor has never been afraid to experiment beyond the blues tradition. He's a master craftsman who has created his own signature “trance blues" style by melding haunting guitar and banjo work, syncopated rhythms and ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Otis Taylor's 'Contraband' is Iconoclastic Trance Bluesman's New CD

Otis Taylor's 'Contraband' is Iconoclastic Trance Bluesman's New CD

Otis Taylor's Contraband features Cassie Taylor, Larry Thompson, Anne Harris, Jon Paul Johnson, Chuck Campbell, Ron Miles, The Sheryl Renee Choir and more BOULDER, Colo.—Otis Taylor isn't defined by any single category. A musical alchemist and a true innovator, Taylor has never been afraid to experiment beyond the blues tradition. He's a master craftsman who has created his own signature ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Otis Taylor Announces Trance Jam Blues Festival Lineup, November 25-27

Otis Taylor Announces Trance Jam Blues Festival Lineup, November 25-27

Bob Margolin, Tony Trischka, Don Vappie, George Porter Jr., Standing Bear and Cassie Taylor to appear at Thanksgiving weekend event in Boulder, Colorado Musicians, educators, singers and fans are invited to participate BOULDER, Colo.—The first annual Otis Taylor Trance Blues Jam Festival is a weekend of public workshops and jams for musicians and fans of all levels and ages who wish ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Otis Taylor's 'Pentatonic Wars and Love Songs' Due out June 23

Otis Taylor's 'Pentatonic Wars and Love Songs' Due out June 23

No one ever accused blues singer/composer/multi-instrumentalist Otis Taylor of overindulging in the happier aspects of the human condition.

His songs are often peopled with characters whose emotional landscapeno matter how raw or dark is laid bare for all to experience, and the story is often less than pretty.

But if love in any or all ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Otis Taylor: Recapturing the Banjo

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“Se chiedete a qualcuno dove pensa che sia nato il banjo a cinque corde, sicuramente vi risponderà che proviene dal Kentucky o dalla Carolina del Nord”. Dick Weissman, che di folk revival se ne intende, non ha dubbi nell’indicare le strade della verità storica del banjo. Poi c’è quella canzoncina, “Oh Susanna”, scritta da uno dei padri della musica americana (Stephen ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Otis Taylor: Double V

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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 ...