Last night our Artist of the Week on Blues Breakers was Otis Taylor. Here’s the playlist with notes.
Tom Marker’s Blues Breakers for 3-19-12
Artist of the Week: Otis Taylor
OTIS TAYLOR – BE MY FRANKENSTEIN
From Truth Is Not Fiction. The 2003 album from Otis.
B.B. KING – WHY I SING THE BLUES
B.B. is doing two XRT Shows this week at House of Blues, Thursday night and Friday night. At this hour there are tickets remaining for each show.
SON HOUSE – JOHN THE REVELATOR
This is a 1965 recording by Son House whose records go all the way back to the 1930. Son was a primary innovator of the Delta Blues and a major influence on both Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters. John was born in Iverton, Mississippi on March 21, 1902, so he would have been 110 tomorrow.
OTIS TAYLOR – I CAN SEE YOU’RE LYING
This is from the new album released just last month, Otis Taylor’s Contraband.
OTIS TAYLOR – TEN MILLION SLAVES
From the 2002 album, Respect the Dead.
JOE LOUIS WALKER – WHAT’S IT WORTH
From Joe’s new record, Hellfire. Look for Joe to be around Chicago at Blues Fest time.
OTIS SPANN – STEEL MILL BLUES
Usually referred to as “Five Long Years” this song was recorded in 1966 in New York City with Muddy Waters as one of the guitar players. Otis was born on March 21, 1930 in Jackson, Mississippi so he would have been 82 tomorrow.
OTIS TAYLOR – RAN SO HARD THE SUN WENT DOWN
The banjo is an instrument usually associated with Bluegrass music, but it originated in West Africa and became an important part of early African-American music. This song comes from Otis’ 2008 album, Recapturing The Banjo.
NELLY TRAVIS – AIN’T GONNA RAISE NO GROWN ASS MAN
Nellie does this song on her current disc, I’m Going Out Tonight. She’ll be appearing this Friday at Rosa’s Lounge.
EDDIE C. CAMPBELL – I DO
From Chicagoan Eddie’s new record, Spider Eating Preacher.