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With Otis Taylor, it's best to expect the unexpected. While his
music, an amalgamation of roots styles in their rawest form, discusses heavyweight
issues like murder, homelessness, tyranny, and injustice, his personal style
is light hearted. “I'm good at dark, but I'm not a particularly unhappy
person,” he says. “I'd just like to make enough money to buy a Porsche.”
Part of Taylor's appeal is his contrasting character traits. But it is precisely this element of surprise that makes him one of the most compelling artists to emerge in recent years. In fact, Guitar Player magazine writes, “Otis Taylor is arguably the most relevant blues artist of our time.” Whether it's his unique instrumentation (he fancies banjo and cello), or it's the sudden sound of a female vocal, or a seemingly upbeat optimistic song takes a turn for the forlorn, what remains consistent is poignant storytelling based in truth and history. On his sixth CD, Double V, Taylor unleashes intimate tales as he produces an aural excursion inspired by an unconventional childhood.