Wednesday, December 27, 2023

Nola Blue Records artist: Larry Taylor and the Taylor Family - Generations of Blues: West Side Legacy - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Generations of Blues: West Side Legacy, from Larry Taylor and the Taylor Family and it's strong. Opening with She Treat Me Just The Same, Larry Taylor on lead vocal and drums leads the way. With a bluesy R&B feel, he sets a solid drum line, joined by Joe B. Brinson on guitar, Abraham Avery on bass, Barrelhouse Bonni on keys and hot sax work by Ronnie G. Solid opener. Demetria Taylor steps up to the mic on Bad Girl, a nice shuffle and she's the perfect leader for this track. Her vocals are sassy and tight, backed by Eddie Taylor Jr on guitar and Ronnie G. on sax and Duke Harris on keys.  Brenda Taylor is featured on lead vocal on I Found Out with Jerry-O Mansfield on guitar and Ronnie G on sax. This is a strong track with a great balance between Brenda and Ronnie. Demetria is back up front on funky, You Belong To Me. This is one of my favorite tracks on the release with a hot sax solo by Ronnie G. I Paid My Dues is another track featuring Larry upfront on vocal and his style and presence carries this track nicely with an almost Albert King like feel. With wailing sax work by Ronnie, solid piano by Bonni and Brinson on guitar, this track is another showpiece. Wrapping the release is slower blues, Larry and Eddie Jr. Groove (Blues In The Rain), Eddie Jr. has the guitar lead with Matthew Skoller on harmonica. Larry keeps the bottom tight on drums with Michael Sleepy Riley on bass. This is a solid release packed with talent. 

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