Larry's band, featuring Joe B on guitar and Mzz Reese as female guest singer, headlined the first annual North Lawndale Arts & Culture Festival in Douglas Park on Aug. 6, 2016.
Why Larry is challenging Buddy Guy to a #BigBluesBattle
Larry welcomed in the new year joyously with his old buddy Killer Ray Allison at the Good Times Lounge, with Doug on bass, Chris on drums, and Barrelhouse Bonni on keys. Mississippi Wolf, Little Johnny and Johnny Harper also showed up to sing (and dance). Larry enjoys getting to know all the South Side musicians.
10. Larry Taylor is Black and Proud. And he sings James Brown songs.
On Pandora listening stations, Larry Taylor's band is often paired, sound-wise, with the rockin' country fellas of the Kentucky Headhunters. (Don't forget--blues is the root of all American popular music, including jazz, rock, bluegrass country, R&B and hiphop!) Reason for the match: the heavy backbeat of Headhunters drummer Fred Young. Well, the Headhunters graciously invited Larry to sing "Bad Boy" and Junior Wells "Messin with the Kid" on stage at Watseka, IL, a cornfield town an hour south of Chicago. The Watseka Theatre audience loved it!
“I come up in the hard struggles here in Chicago, on the West Side,” Larry Taylor says. “I went through many things. Experiencing gangs, drugs (and) the Civil Rights movement.” These events, plus the dramas in his own musical family, will be portrayed in a feature movie, The Rhythm and the Blues. MORE INFO: www.therhythmandtheblues.com
Dasaun Sanford, Chicago actor, plays young Larry:
Taylor family at the support party for The Rhythm and the Blues, a feature film in the making which is based on Larry's life story. From left: Larry Taylor, Demetria Taylor, actor Leon, Brenda Taylor, Eddie Taylor, Tim Taylor
Article on "The Rhythm and the Blues" from Ruth Ratny's e-newsletter "Reel Chicago." http://reelchicago.com/article/pitts-blues-musicians-biopic-will-have-cast-92150309
A multi-part radio showcase on PRX "Blues Unlimited" playing music the late Eddie Taylor Sr. and his associates including John and Grace Brim, Jimmy Reed, Snooky Pryor,Sunnyland Slim: http://www.prx.org/pieces/124162
This is the music Larry Taylor and his brothers and sisters grew up hearing.
Thanks to Steve Franz for putting this together and sharing it!