First Otis Taylor Trance Blues Jam Festival A Success

Otis Taylor held his inaugural Otis Taylor Trance Blues Jam Festival with guitarists Bob Margolin and Mato Nanji; banjo legends Tony Trischka and Don Vappe; and bass players George Porter Jr. and Cassie Taylor over Thanksgiving weekend.

The festival was a three-day event of workshops and jams Taylor held at the Boulder Outlook and Boulder Theater. With a rare month off from touring, Taylor wanted to create an event that could foster a sense of community.

"It's like a family-friendly 'Rocky Horror (Picture) Show' with instruments, where people have fun," Taylor said.  The idea was an event where sharing creative expression counts as much as musical prowess. Taylor also wants to generate a greater awareness of trance blues, which he defines as "music that you can't tell the beginning or the end. It's hypnotic. Trance blues is hypnotic music."

Taylor plans to present the festival again in November 2012. His new album, Otis Taylor’s Contraband, will be released on Telarc/Concord Music Group on February 13, 2012.