with Mato Nanji
Waterfront Blues Festival
July 5, 2014
Another year of WBF recordings. Recorded from KBOO FM in Portland, OR. A great lineup again this year. I was looking forward to Greg Allman's set, but he had to pull out due to sickness. Oh well, I wouldn't have been able to share him here anyway. Seems to be much more DJ talking this year, interrupting some music. I just left it in rather than trying to edit each show. Feel free to make any changes you wish for personal use.
I may need help with some of the set list's as I don't know all the bands.
FM> H2 Zoom in wave format> Flac w/TLH> torrent (SBE's checked)
Expect the unexpected from blues singer/composer/multi-instrumentalist Otis Taylor. While his music, an amalgamation of roots styles in their rawest form, discusses heavyweight issues like murder, homelessness, tyranny, and injustice, his personal style is lighthearted. �I�m good at dark, but I�m not a particularly unhappy person,� he says. �I�d just like to make enough money to buy a Porsche.� Ann Powers of The New York Times alludes to the unexpected aspect of Taylor�s art, writing, �Gentle upon first listen, blending the austerity of delta blues with the expansiveness of free jazz, Taylor�s ancient-sounding, avant-garde �trance blues� has a dangerous pull.�
One unexpected element in Taylor�s music is the combination of musicians he selects to play with. As violinist Anne Harris�appearing with Taylor for the second time at the WBF�puts it, �He likes to find the misfits, the oddballs, the square pegs, and somehow throw everyone in the same pot and make a delicious stew of something that�s just his sound. It�s not an easy thing to do, yet he does it.�
Taylor�s special guest for this year�s WBF set is Mato Nanji (Ma-TOE Non-gee), guitarist and co-founder of the Native American blues band Indigenous. Nanji is a fiery blues guitar virtuoso in the vein of Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn, but he�s no ordinary guitar-slinger; his playing and songwriting possess a tangible spiritual depth. Born and raised on the Yankton Sioux Reservation in South Dakota, Nanji was greatly influenced by his father, who was both an important Native American leader and a musician with a vast collection of blues records.
As with violinist Harris, Nanji�s highly personal style somehow fits perfectly into Otis Taylor�s musical gumbo. The elements of Taylor�s music may be unexpected, but once you hear them together, they make perfect sense, enabling him to tell his spare, powerful stories. �I write songs about people remembering, bearing witness,� Taylor says. �I�ve learned that if you write about things that are important, people will listen.�
01 Ten Men Slaves
02 Blue Rain in Africa
04 Lost My Horse
05 Please Come Home ???
06 Hey Joe
09 Rain So Hard