Award-winning storyteller, shaman and musical visionary Otis Taylor’s live performances are like fireworks – kaleidoscopic, riveting, explosive and wildly entertaining. Now thrilling audiences at sold-out clubs and festivals around the world as he tours behind his new album Hey Joe Opus/Red Meat, this legendary stage presence is bringing those qualities to new heights.
Taylor is presenting Hey Joe Opus/Red Meat in its entirety in concert. The rich, compelling song cycle is a mesmerizing modern masterpiece that employs the classic hit made famous by the Jimi Hendrix Experience as a foundation for spinning a hypnotic web about, as Taylor relates, “decisions and their consequences, and how those outcomes can change our lives.”
With a structure and scope similar to Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here, the epic Hey Joe Opus/Red Meat enshrines Taylor’s heralded “trance blues” sound — delivered live with virtuosic fire by his band. Taylor is, of course, always at the fore, his commanding baritone voice and unique approach to banjo and guitar illuminating Hey Joe Opus/Red Meat’s visionary landscape.
Taylor has received an impressive 16 Blues Music Award nominations and won twice. His previous 13 albums have won five DownBeat Critics Choice awards, and Taylor was awarded France’s prestigious Académie Charles Cros after two earlier nominations, winning the Grand Prix du Disc for Blues. His music has appeared in the Hollywood blockbuster Public Enemy, starring Johnny Depp, and in the Mark Wahlberg vehicle Shooter. He was also a fellow in the Sundance Institute’s Film Music Program.
"Otis Taylor is arguably the most relevant blues artist of our time." Guitar Player magazine
If Taylor 's first two recordings cast a spell on the music world, listeners were officially entranced by White African (2001, NorthernBlues Music), his most direct and personal statement about the experiences of African-Americans. He addressed the lynching of his great-grandfather and the death of his uncle. Brutality became his concern in songs that fearlessly explored the history of race relations and social injustices. With this disc Taylor was officially blazing a trail. He earned four W.C. Handy nominations and won the award for "Best New Artist Debut."
Chicago-based singer-songwriter and fiddle player Anne Harris has been crafting her unique sound for over ten years and “continues to raise the bar on a soulful blend of folk, pop, and roots rock on record, while her deft instrumental abilities continue to resonate in concert.” [Illinois Entertainer] In addition to her own projects, Harris is currently touring internationally with multi-Blues Award winner, Otis Taylor, where her fiddle and presence have become a signature element in his band's innovative trance-blues offering.