Orange County Register: Review of 15th Annual Doheny Blues Festival

STEVE MILLER, BUDDY GUY AND MORE AT DOHENY BLUES DAY 2
By Robert Kinsler

Otis Taylor, at 63, brings to blues what bands like Radiohead and Arcade Fire do for rock.

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 [BuddyGuy 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.

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