Otis Taylor
Otis Mark Taylor was born in Chicago to Otis and Sarah Taylor in 1948. In the early 50's the Taylor family moved to Denver, Colorado. One of young Otis' favorite neighborhood hangouts was the Denver Folklore Center. He bought his first musical instrument there - a used ukulele. A banjo and harmonica soon joined the collection. He started his first group, "Butterscotch Fire Department Blues Band" in 1964, the "Otis Taylor Blues Band" followed. In 1969 London called.

Blue Horizon Records signed him to a contract. London was a mixed bag. Otis liked the scene, but his unique songwriting style didn't gel with the arranger the record company assigned to the project. Frustrated, Taylor returned to Colorado. His next project "T & O Shortline" was a combo with the legendary Tommy Bolin.

In the 70's Taylor played with the 4-Nicators and Zephyr. In 1977 he retired from the music business. For the next two decades, Taylor often jammed with friends and family, but did not perform in public.

After years of prodding from his musical mentor, Kenny Pasarelli, Otis Taylor returned to the stage. In 1995, in an intimate room in Boulder's "Hill" district. He was joined on stage by sideman to the stars Kenny Pasarelli and ace guitarist Eddie Turner. Taylor decided to return to the music scene, playing select dates with Pasarelli and Turner.

BLUE EYED MONSTER is Taylor's first CD release.

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