Otis Taylor at Biscuits and Blues, by Ria Burman
Otis Taylor (photo: Ria Burman)

Photos and words by Ria Burman

Otis Taylor and his mighty band played a double whammy of a show on Friday night at the cozy, intimate Biscuits and Blues. Beginning their second set at 10pm after an earlier sold-out show, Otis Taylor worked his musical magic throughout. Anne Harris, the feisty fiddler, exuded exuberance earnestly, while the joyous drummer Larry Thompson banged a beat so contagiously happy that it was difficult to remain in my seat.

Changing the guitar for blues harmonica along the way, Otis Taylor took a little bump-groove saunter through the crowd, delighting the audience. Although claiming he was tired with no encore to end, Otis Taylor’s weariness was masked with soul-enriched, blues nourishment, eaten up with a foot-tap and sway from the hungry, happy audience.

Check out “Peggy Lee” and “They Wore Blue” from Otis Taylor’s latest album Hey Joe Opus Red Meat and “Buy Myself Some Freedom” from the 2004 album Double V for a feel of some sweet, smooth blues.