Monday, August 22, 2005

OTIS, MY MAN!

This just in from the Thirsty Ear Festival publicity machine:

OTIS TAYLOR REPLACES ODETTA IN LINEUP:
Due to an injury, ODETTA will be unable to perform at the Santa Fe Thirsty Ear Festival on Saturday, Sept. 3. We have little hard information on the injury, other than it's caused the cancelation of all her pending performances. We're all hoping for a thorough recovery. Replacing her is critically acclaimed bluesman OTIS TAYLOR, a W.C. Handy award winner whom Guitar Player magazine calls "arguably the most relevant blues artist of our time." One of our personal favorites, Taylor and his band play stark, original, hard-hitting, trance-like blues whose stories are often based in sometimes brutal history ...

I'm sorry to hear about Odetta's injury, but the cold hard truth is, I'd much rather see Otis. I'll never forget his performance at the 2001 (Dang, has it been that long?) Thirsty Ear, the year they held it at the Bonanza Creek movie ranch.

Speaking of the festival, I'll be doing a lengthy Thirsty Ear set on Friday night's Santa Fe Opry (10 p.m. Friday on KSFR, 90.7 FM)featuring the music of James McMurtry, Beausoleil, Ricki Lee Jones, Alvin Youngblood Hart, etc.

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