White African

White African

by Otis TaylorOtis Taylor


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Though he was born in Chicago, Otis Taylor grew up in Colorado, and the soul of a high plains drifter rides through the lonesome blues on his enigmatically titled White African. A songwriter, singer, guitarist, harpist, and mandolin and banjo player, Taylor integrates the environment into his tales of injustice, obsessive love, lynching, and the disenfranchised, reminding us what little control many folks have over their lives.. The lyrics to these dark, topical tales are often simple, with repeated laments as the refrains. The playing achieves a sense of drama through leanness. White African brings to mind the blues of artists like Alvin Youngblood Hart, Guy Davis, and Corey Harris, and like these other young blues lions, Taylor is calling from the wilderness of modern times. But his perspective is as fresh and as bleak as the peaks of the Rockies in winter.

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Release Date: 03/06/2001
Label: Northern Blues
UPC: 0809509000227
catalogNumber: 2

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