New Chicago Sounds of Larry Taylor

by Larry Taylor & The Soul Blues Healers

Released 2017
Av Records (Larry Taylor)
Released 2017
Av Records (Larry Taylor)
Dance to these hard-driving, soulful, crisp and funky original blues and soul tunes conjured by the real, seasoned West and South Side cats. Clean, true-blues guitar; real horns and harmonica.
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Q. What comes out of the toughest hoods on Chicago’s West and South Sides?

A. Blues, funk, and soul!

Larry Hill Taylor—band leader, singer, drummer—is a master of this American roots sound. His songs tell the truth about life on the hard city streets, while the rhythms of the Soul Blues Healers get people out on the floor dancing. With drums, bass, guitar, keyboard and horns, they dig deep into the Delta …
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Larry Taylor Blues and Soul Band
2004
Elmore James

Story

Critics love the way Larry sings this jaunty, party-time Elmore James classic, Mad Hatter (Roosevelt Purifoy) rockin' on piano.

Elmore played with and was a friend of Larry's father Eddie Taylor Sr. 

Larry has played with Elmore James Jr. (right)

Lyrics

Baby Who's that, knocking at your door" / Well, it must have been my best friend / And I don't live here no more...

Larry Taylor Blues and Soul Band
2004
Larry Taylor

Story


 Larry wrote this song back in the 1980s, after losing a job. 

Lyrics

I've been having so much blues, hard luck and trouble, 

I don't know what to do.

Gonna find my baby, bring her home to me.

Larry Taylor Blues and Soul Band
2004
Jimmy Reed, E.Abner

Story

A seldom-done song by Jimmy Reed about drunk driving.  Larry's father Eddie Taylor Sr.  often played with Reed on the road and no doubt did most of the driving.  

Lyrics

Red light, stop light, people; green is for the go

I'm a drunken, stricken man; I must be driving awful slow.

 

Larry Taylor Blues and Soul Band
2004
George Jackson

Story

Soul blues singer Johnnie Taylor,  (no relation to Larry but extremely popular on the West and South Side of Chicago) made this huge hit in   1996. Larry's version is a little funkier than the original but it's the same lady in the story who lost all her money.  

Larry Taylor Blues and Soul Band
2004
Larry Taylor

Story

This is part 2 of a long Wolf-like jam, where Ronnie G on sax and Willie Davis on guitar answer back each woeful statement Larry belts out. Larry sets the pace on drums, Michael "Sleepy" Riley on bass and Mad Hatter on Hammond B3 organ, and the rhythmic groove ends up overcoming all sorrows. 

Lyrics

Tell me baby, when are you coming home...

Will you forgive me darlin, woo--ooh

I was lookin' for a drink of water, she gave me gasoline

That's the meanest woman I ever seen.  A woo, hoo...

Larry Taylor Blues and Soul Band
2004
Larry Taylor, Bonni McKeown

Story

The Green Line subway "EL" train runs over Lake Street from downtown Chicago to the West and South Sides. This song is about missing connections with your main squeeze. 

Lyrics

Standing on the platform, it's twenty after nine; try to call my honey, I hope he's doing' fine;

Try to call my baby, hope that he's still mine...

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