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“Blues CD of the Year awarded four times: 2002, 2005, 2007, 2008, ”

DownBeat Magazine

"There may not be a better roots album released this year or decade than Recapturing the Banjo."

DownBeat Magazine

““one of the most innovative, thought-provoking blues artists to emerge in the last 20 years.””


"Otis Taylor is arguably the most relevant blues artist of our time."

Guitar Player Magazine

“Who is the King of Acoustic Blues? I am putting my money on Otis Taylor. Everything about his music conveys deep and total commitment. Since his comeback, every one of Taylor's recordings has absolutely burned with the pure fire of his bluesiness. Taylor plays guitar vamps better than anyone, and he stretches out these repeated figures with more mesmerizing intensity than any blues artist since John Lee Hooker first came on the scene. ...Taylor's groove is so strong, that I can listen to his music at length, and just find myself more and more deeply drawn into it.”

“ Blues singer/guitarist/banjoist Otis Taylor is drawing from history's deep well for his new disc, Clovis People (Telarc). The disc's title refers to ancient society whose 13,000-year-old remains were found near his home in Boulder, Colo.”

DownBeat Magazine

“Otis Taylor is not the best banjo player; he’s the best bluesman today.”

Philippe Thieyre (Rock & Folk/France Inter)

“This time out, Otis Taylor seems less interested in creating hallucinatory aural landscapes than evoking emotional intensity through the pristine interplay between acoustic instruments and undistorted voices.”

Living Blues