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Recapturing the Banjo *

Album: Recapturing the Banjo *
# Song Title   Time
1)    Ran So Hard the Sun Went Down
2)    Prophet's Mission
3)    Absinthe
4)    Live Your Life
5)    Walk Right In
6)    Bow-Legged Charlie
7)    Hey Joe
8)    Little Liza Jane
9)    Five Hundred Roses
10)    Ognons, Les
11)    Deep Blue Sea
12)    Simple Mind
13)    Ten Million Slaves
14)    Way It Goes, The
Product Details
Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Otis Taylor (vocals, guitar, banjo, mandolin, piano, percussion, background vocals); Alvin Youngblood Hart (vocals, guitar, 12-string guitar, lap steel guitar, banjo, background vocals); Cassie Taylor (vocals, 12-string guitar, background vocals); Corey Harris, Don Vappie (vocals, banjo); Guy Davis (vocals, mandolin, harmonica, background vocals); Keb' Mo'.
  • Liner Note Author: Dick Weissman.
  • Recording information: Immersive Studios, Boulder, CO; Stustu Studio, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Photographer: Stacy Moore.
  • Arrangers: Guy Davis; Alvin Youngblood Hart; Otis Taylor; Don Vappie.
  • Simultaneously roots-reverent and post-modern, RECAPTURING THE BANJO is credited to Otis Taylor, but is in fact a group effort that also involves contemporary bluesmen Keb' Mo', Guy Davis, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and Corey Harris. They band together for an album that spotlights the role of banjo in early blues, as an instrument with African roots. Classic blues material is offset by Taylor's originals, buoyed by arrangements that alternate between period-perfect and electrified/modern.
Professional Reviews
Uncut (p.104) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] fine celebration of the instruments roots in Africa and its assimilation into the fabric of American music."

Down Beat (p.92) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "There may not be a better roots album released this year or decade than RECAPTURING THE BANJO."

Dirty Linen (p.p.36) - "Taylor and his colleagues have again served up a living history lesson -- musical, cultural, political -- that's bound to expand the thinking of a lot of listeners."

Dirty Linen (p.45) - "Otis Taylor and a host of notable contributors present a collection of largely blues-flavored, banjo-backed songs intended to entertain..."

Mojo (Publisher) (p.100) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Multi-instrumental bluesman Taylor continues to enthrall with roots music allied to an exploration of America's past race problems and social injustices.

Harp (magazine) (p.94) - "'Hey Joe' of Hendrix/Byrds renown, is pierced by Taylor's nasty guitar licks, and his 'Absinthe' takes an ethereal turn via Hart's lap steel."
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