Otis Taylor Band
Following his 2015 psychedelic masterpiece Hey Joe Opus/Red Meat, the new album from visionary roots music songwriter and bandleader Otis Taylor, Fantasizing About Being Black, is a stark and poetic lesson on the historical trauma of the African American experience, from the voyages of slave ships to the Mississippi Delta. Taylor simultaneously travels back in time while moving forward as a musical artist. Blending his unique songwriting and the compelling musical approach that he calls “trance blues,” the recording — on Taylor’s Trance Blues Festival label — inspires with stories of the enduring human spirit, letting its hypnotic sound as well as Taylor’s lyrics tell a story of continuing struggle.
Fantasizing About Being Black is a raw and haunting multi-instrumental blend that reveals the connection of history to modern day events; features musical guests Jerry Douglas, Brandon Niederauer and Ron Miles
To call Taylor a cutting edge artist is an understatement. Although his music is based in the blues and folk realm, his meticulously crafted recordings crash the barriers of jazz, rock, funk, Americana and myriad other genres to create a hybrid that Taylor labels “trance blues.”
Otis Taylor does for the blues what Jimi Hendrix did for the guitar, taking what everyone assumed was explored to the fullest, and busting it wide open in a million new directions.
Part of Otis Taylor’s bluesy bag of tricks is his mastery of multiple instruments and his passion for pushing the envelope of what each of them can do. What really matters, as always, is Taylor’s consistently high-quality mix of blues, jazz, and bluegrass.
“With the propulsive feeling to the songs on Respect the Dead, the movement akin to the swirling, fast-moving waters of the mighty Mississippi river, Otis Taylor seems to have planted the seed for blues in this new millennium.” – NYRock