Taylor, Otis / Contraband
Album:Contraband Collection:General
Artist:Taylor, Otis Added:Feb 2012

A-File Activity
Add Date:2012-02-18 Pull Date:2012-04-21 
Week Ending:Apr 22Apr 15Mar 25Mar 18Mar 11Mar 4Feb 26

Recent Airplay
1.Sep 01, 2014:Happy Hour
Never Been To Africa
4.Apr 13, 2012:The Songsmith Show
Banjo Boogie Blues
2.Jan 17, 2014:The Songsmith Show
Never Been To Africa
5.Mar 22, 2012:Happy Hour
Never Been To Africa
3.Apr 20, 2012:The Songsmith Show
Romans Had Their Way
6.Mar 15, 2012:The Songsmith Show
Romans Had Their Way

Album Review
MC Dizzy Jackson
Reviewed 2012-02-18 
Whether he’s singing about relationships, racial injustices, or political topics, Otis Taylor’s voice is compelling, strong and deep. This album finds Taylor laying down some mesmerizing and hauntingly unique stylings, blurring the lines of rock, blues, funk, soul, gospel, roots. Instrumentation of guitar, bass, percussion, organ, fiddle, banjo. Solid throughout. No FCC’s.

*My Favorites*: All.

1. (3:58) Mid. Rockin’, soulful, funky. Organ, female backing vocals, steady beat.
2. (3:32) Mid. Beautiful cornet and percussion, with understated guitar. Mellow. Yearning vocal delivery.
3. (4:42) Mid. Hypnotic banjo (which sounds like a guitar), jazzy drums. Easy going.
4. (4:13) MId. Upbeat with some great percussion, driving organ, nice electric guitar. Yeah…
5. (3:35) Slow / Mid. Sublime dirge with fiddle, cornet, organ, percussion.
6. (4:34) Mid / Fast. Driving with banjo, pedal steel, female chorus. Great vocal by Otis. Solid.
7. (3:43) Slow / Mid. Quiet and sparse with guitar, bass, drums. Eerie and beautiful.
8. (4:30) Mid. Fiddle, guitar, great percussion, bass. Driving and jamming.
9. (2:34) Mid / Fast. Banjo lead, with drums and organ. A bit ominous.
10. (3:56) Mid. Trance, with banjo, pedal steel, djembe drum. Killer.
11. (6:30) Slow / Mid. Sparse with only guitars and bass; echoey vocal. Very ominous.
12. (4:03) Slow / Mid. Banjo, fiddle and bass. Trancey and spacey. Cool.
13. (3:48) Mid. Strummed acoustic guitar, drums, bass, organ. Song about a soldier’s experience. Very well done.
14. (4:48) Mid. Rockin’ with electric guitars, heavy drumbeat. Killer.

Track Listing
1.The Devil's Gonna Lie 8.Contraband Blues
2.Yell Your Name 9.Lay On My Delta Bed
3.Look To The Side 10.Your 10 Dollar Bill
4.Romans Had Their Way 11.Open These Bars
5.Blind Piano Teacher 12.Yellow Car, Yellow Dog
6.Banjo Boogie Blues 13.Never Been To Africa
7.2 Or 3 Times 14.I Can See You're Lying