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Album: White African
# Song Title   Time
1)    My Soul's in Louisiana
2)    Resurrection Blues
3)    Momma Don't You Do It
4)    3 Days and 3 Nights
5)    Round and Round
6)    Stick on You
7)    Rain So Hard
8)    Lost My Horse
9)    Saint Martha Blues
10)    Ain't No Cowgirl
11)    Hungry People
 

Album: White African
# Song Title   Time
1)    My Soul's in Louisiana
2)    Resurrection Blues
3)    Momma Don't You Do It
4)    3 Days and 3 Nights
5)    Round and Round
6)    Stick on You
7)    Rain So Hard
8)    Lost My Horse
9)    Saint Martha Blues
10)    Ain't No Cowgirl
11)    Hungry People
 
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  • Personnel includes: Otis Taylor (vocals, acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin, harmonica); Eddie Turner (guitar); Kenny Passarelli (keyboards, bass); Cassie Taylor (background vocals).
  • Recorded at Fanfare Studios, Golden, Colorado.
  • Personnel: Otis Taylor (vocals, acoustic guitar, banjo, electric banjo, mandolin, harmonica); Eddie Turner (guitar, slide guitar); Kenny Passarelli (keyboards); Cassie Taylor (background vocals).
  • Audio Mixer: Tim Stroh .
  • Recording information: Fanfare Studios, Golden, CO.
  • Arranger: Kenny Passarelli.
  • Otis Taylor has a knack for interesting titles; Blue-Eyed Monster and When Negros Walked the Earth are among the CDs that the Denver bluesman recorded before White African. Taylor also has a knack for very dark and sobering themes -- this 2001 release, in fact, is full of them. On White African, Taylor's subject matter ranges from lynching in the Deep South ("Saint Martha Blues") to homelessness ("Hungry People") to being unable to afford health care for a sick, dying child ("3 Days and 3 Nights"). And Taylor doesn't try to sugarcoat his often disturbing lyrics with happy melodies. Greatly influenced by John Lee Hooker, the very soulful Taylor often favors moody, dusky, haunting grooves. So White African is as dark musically as it is lyrically. Over the years, dark humor has played a major role in the blues -- like country and hip-hop artists, bluesmen are known for finding a variety of humorous, clever ways to tell you how cruel and punishing life can be. But White African isn't dark humored; it's simply dark. This CD is also incredibly compelling, and it is enthusiastically recommended to those who don't expect lighthearted escapism from all of their music. ~ Alex Henderson
Professional Reviews
Living Blues (5-6/01, pp.62,64) - "...A consistently interesting - and enjoyable - contemporary blending of wide-ranging traditional blues sounds and influences....Taylor sticking to his standard no-drums approach..."
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