Otis Taylor is an exceptional bluesman, true, but it doesn’t stop there. Since the late ’90s when Taylor reignited his love for music and hit the scene, he has become a much celebrated artist known for his genre-pushing experimentation, fearless commitment to tackling issues of race in his lyrics, his skills as a bandleader and producer, commitment to educating a younger generation about the blues and so much more.
Hey Joe Opus/Red Meat, due out on May 5th, is Taylor’s latest foray into what he calls “trance blues,” and “Cold At Midnight,” one of the album’s ten tracks, is a perfect exemplar of this unrestricted, psychedelic, hypnotic style. The song shows off his darker themes and remarkable ability to set a distinct tone and narrative through his signature rasp, weaving a pulsing bass line with sultry outbursts of trumpet.
Hey Joe Opus/Red Meat boasts an impressive roster of guest appearances, including Warren Haynes, Bill Nershi, Langhorne Slim and more. Check out “Cold At Midnight” below and buy tickets here to see Taylor perform at NYC’s Iridium on May 12th.