Sunday, January 22, 2017

CD Review: Otis Taylor Is "Fantasizing About Being Black" On His New Album

American blues musician/singer/songwriter Otis Taylor is preparing to release his fifteenth studio album on February 17th. His new album titled "Fantasizing About Being Black" is a historical look at the minority, which echoes back to modern day events happening in our world. The album is being released on Taylor's own Trance Blues Festival record label.

The new eleven-song release begins with steady electric blues of "Twelve String Mile" as Taylor sings about being passed over because of the color of his skin. Lap steel guitar player, Jerry Douglas guests on the album, performing some amazing guitar work on the opening and closing numbers. Taylor straps on the banjo for the slave song "Banjo Bam Bam," then Taylor tells the tales of retired World War II General Jack Watson during the steady rhythm of "Jump Jelly Belly." The slow sonic blues of "Tripping On This" carries a classic John Lee Hooker feel, while "D To E Blues" is a quiet, battle cry of hope for freedom. The album finishes with the emotional true love of "Just Want To Live With You" and facing the crossroads of making the right decision with the storied blues of "Jump To Mexico." To find out more about Otis Taylor and his latest release "Fantasizing About Being Black," please visit otistaylor.com.

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