Otis Taylor – Clovis People Vol. 3

January 01, 1970

(Telarc)

 

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Otis Taylor is on a roll. Of course, it could be argued that
the Boulder
bluesman has been for nearly a decade, as the quality of his work rarely slips
– the singer/songwriter/guitarist/banjoist/mandolinist’s consistency is almost
frightening.

 

Clovis People Vol. 3 doesn’t buck that trend.
Joined by his usual complement of guests – Gary Moore on lead guitar, Ron Miles
on cornet, his daughter Cassie on bass, various string players, new buddy Chuck
Campbell (of the Campbell Brothers) on steel guitar – Taylor continues his
quest to refurbish the country blues, mixing in fresh sounds and new grooves
while maintaining the integrity of tradition. Few modern artists understand the
power of repetition in the blues, but as “Babies Don’t Lie” and “Little Willie”
prove, Taylor
is the most masterful mantra maker this side of the late RL Burnside. Taylor is also a champion
brooder, as “Coffee Woman,” “Past Times”: and the stunning “Rain So Hard”
attest, but the playful lust of “Ain’t No Cowgirl” and the joyous groove of
“Harry, Turn the Music Up” show that he can also lighten up.

 

Minus the thematic cohesion of his most recent records, Clovis People Vol. 3 is ultimately merely
another fine collection of Otis Taylor songs, which is more than enough to
satisfy.

 

Standout Tracks: “Little
Willie,” “Rain So Hard,” “Ain’t No Cowgirl,” “Harry, Turn the Music Up” MICHAEL
TOLAND

 

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