It’s going to be a real fusion of music genres during SBF 2016!

With Otis Taylor, it’s best to expect the unexpected. His music is a real fusion of roots styles in their rawest form, discusses heavyweight issues like murder, tyranny and injustice. Otis Taylor trully is a „king of trance-blues”.


“I’m good at dark, but I’m not a particularly unhappy person,” he says. “I’d just like to make enough money to buy a Porsche.”

Otis Mark Taylor was born in Chicago in 1948. After his uncle was shot to death, his family moved to Denver where an adolescent’s interest in blues and folk was cultivated. Both his parents were big music fans.Young Otis spent time at the Denver Folklore Center where he bought his first instrument, a banjo. He used to play it while riding his unicycle to high school. He learned to play guitar and harmonica and by his mid-teens, he formed his first groups’ the Butterscotch Fire Department Blues Band and later the Otis Taylor Blues Band. His next project became the T&O Short Line with legendary Deep Purple singer/guitarist Tommy Bolin.

Telarc released Below the Fold, Taylor’s seventh CD, in the summer of 2005. The album is a set of stylistically varied songs that point to a blues-based center but are awash with Appalachian country overtones and moody, psychedelic rock. Once again, the critics raved and described him as “a country-folk version of spontaneous, talking-blues master John Lee Hooker.” The New Yorker dubbed his sound “Velvet Underground Railroad,” and went on to proclaim that “he may drone but he never stays still, and when he moves he’s always heading toward places you haven’t seen.”

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