OTIS TAYLOR - MY WORLD IS GONE
One of my favorite albums of 2013 (so far). As a musician, Otis is more than competent playing guitar, banjo or mandolin. He describes his style as "trance blues", but I find that moniker perhaps truer of his band's live performances than his albums. As a songwriter and storyteller, he is both historian and social commentator. The most common denominator I could find between his songs and JJ's might be ones like On Palastine, Footsteps/Turpentine and Circles, songs based on stories JJ's grandfather told him.
This particular album has as its theme the plight of Native Americans and features guitar and vocal work by Mato Nanji, Nakota Native American and frontman of the rock/blues/roots band Indigenous. Mato's guitar work on this album might conjure up comparisons to Daryl's work. As for the remaining musicians, The Otis Taylor Band might only describe who happened to be around when Otis decided to record each song. Of the 13 album tracks, there are eight or nine different combinations of musicians. Trumpet player Ron Miles really shines. Sadly, for me at least, there is not enough of Anne Harris, the electrifying violin player that often "steals the show" at OTB concerts.
The OTB plays after JJG&M this coming Saturday at the Grolsch Blues Fest in Schoppingen, Germany.