Thursday, July 30, 2009

Ten Million Slaves

He is a multi-instrumentalist whose talents include the guitar, banjo, mandolin, harmonica, and vocals. Taylor's eldest daughter, Cassie, is featured on many of his releases. She also plays several instruments including bass and vocals.

By 1977, though, he “retired” from music and had a successful antiques business. He returned to music when he was nearly 50, and having immersed himself in the history of the folklore of the blues, he traced the migration of both the blues and the banjo from its roots in Africa to its “birth” in the American south.

His music is uncompromising and fierce. High octane stuff.

When Negroes Walked the Earth
1. Bowlegged Charlie
2. Country Boy, Girl
3. 500 Roses
4. Cuckoo - Otis Taylor, Traditional, Traditional
5. 12 String Mile
6. They Don't Want Me
7. Cold at Midnight
8. Tight Wire Blues
9. Naggin' Woman Blues
10. 9th Cavalry Blues
11. Tight Wire Blues
12. Pretty Polly - Otis Taylor, Traditional, Traditional

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