Otis Taylor Impresses at Doheny Blues Festival

"Otis Taylor, at 63, brings to blues what bands like Radiohead and Arcade Fire do for rock," raved the Orange County Register in its review of the May 20, 2012, performances at 15th Annual Doheny Blues Festival in Dana Point, California. "Taylor may have been a bit under the weather (he apologized several times for hoarseness), but that didn't stop him and his mighty backing band from bringing their scorched-earth sound to the Backporch Stage. That area is normally a quiet place for people to relax and kick back while taking in acoustic performances, but Taylor would have none of that.

"In songs that blended his intoxicating, open-to-interpretation stories with driving rhythms, he had fans cheering and moving. His self-penned Rain So Hard, Blind Piano Teacher, and a version of the rock standard, Hey Joe, were all potent this afternoon. Amazing fiddler Anne Harris (who plays violin like [Buddy] Guy wields his guitar) and the rest of Taylor's band -- an ensemble diverse and strong enough to stand out at Coachella -- seemed to bring their A-game to this gig."

Read the complete review here.