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Otis Taylor – Below The FoldOtis Taylor – Below The Fold

{August 23, 2005 | Telarc}

WC Handy Award winner and alternative bluesman Otis Taylor will release his seventh CD in the Summer 2005. Below The Fold combines 10-tracks that are fairly diverse and combine traditional Delta blues with Appalachian country blues. Taylor serves up a multi instrument gumbo with fiddle, organ, banjo, mandolin, cello, and trumpet with guitar, harmonica, bass and drums. As an added bonus and for the first time, Taylor employs drums on several tracks.

1. Feels Like Lighting – this song is banjo and bass with backing chant-like vocals.

2. Boy Plays Mandolin – a song about mandolin with talking vocals and horns, kinda a unique combination with a fast bass line.

3. Hookers In The Street – fast music/slow vocals. As a blues aficionado I found the guitar particularly pleasing.

4. Mama’s Got A Friend – it ain’t Motown but in a way this song kinda reminded of “Papa Was A Rolling Stone” by the Temps. Bits and pieces of horn throughout.

5. Working For The Pullman Company
– features Taylor's teenage daughter Cassie, who wrote the melody and chorus, when she was just five years old (she plays bass too).

6. Your Children Sleep Good Tonight – vocally Otis at his best.

7. Didn’t Know Much About Education – Chicago blues guitar and John Lee Hooker like vocals. Very nice.

8. Went To Hermes – very traditional acoustic blues, my favorite track.

9. Government Lied – much like the others although on this song I thought the music and lyrics didn’t really go together.

10. Right Side Of Heaven – is reminiscent of a New Orleans-style Cajun marching band.

Visit Otis on the web at www.otistaylor.com and catch his performance in St. Louis on Friday, August 19, 2005 at the St. Louis Art Museum. Below The Fold is unique and far from traditional. If you want something different from the norm and have a hankerin’ for this style of blues, you’ll like this recording. Listen to it, then come back to it later and it sounds different each time.

'Cornbread'Ciao' for now, peace.
Peter 'Cornbread' Cohen, CBP
~ Cornbread@STLBlues.net ~

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