Larry Taylor talking up West Side blues history

Larry Taylor is increasingly called on to spotlight the illustrious, but little reported history of West Side blues.  In 2019 he has appeared in an hour-long live CAN-TV studio interview featuring clips of his performance. See it here on YouTube

Larry also appeared on a panel sponsored by HoneyPot Performance, Dance Archives and Smithsonian at the West Side Justice Center Sept. 7 discussing House and Blues music in Chicago, along with Ayana Contreras of WBEZ; Avery Young, poet and funk singer;and Jarvis Mason, House promoter.

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Blues to heal the hood: West Side 2018

Larry Taylor, sponsored by the neighborhood nonprofit group BUILD, is doing five Light the Night shows on weekends in June-July 2018 in a small West Side playground, Hubbard Park.   VIDEO HERE   Larry Taylor and Hubbard park sign

West Side Memorial to bass player Sleepy Riley

  Sleepy Riley bass Marietta 2006      A heartfelt sendoff, funeral service and memorial jam for Michael "Sleepy" Riley, who played bass in Larry's band in the early 2000s and appeared on both Larry Taylor CDs.  Writeup in the West Side neighborhood paper, Austin Weekly News

Larry Taylor in Spain 2018

Larry Taylor took Spain by storm in March 2018--from the capital of Madrid to fun places like Alicante, Valencia, Tarragona and appeared on radio 3 in Madrid. Thanks to guitarist/promoter JayBee Rodriguez!

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"New Sounds" hits the West Side main drag

The all original EP/CD "New Chicago Sounds of Larry Taylor" has hit the retail market on the West Side's main drag.  Marie and Charlie Joe Henderson, proprietors, are selling the record at the city's best "dusties" shop, Out of the Past Records,  4407 W. Madison St., Chicago.Marie Henderson with Larry New Sounds CD

West Side Blues at Columbus Park

Larry Taylor brings the blues among neighbors in a concert Aug. 25, 2017 in a tribute to West Side blues in the beautiful  Columbus Park Refectory .  Everyone smiles and shakes their shoulders to the ZZ Hill favorite "Shade Tree Mechanic."

Details on the concert series sponsored by Chicago West Community Music Center HERE .  Pictured below are CWCMC director Howard Sandifer with Larry and MC Doris Davenport.

On Sept. 1, Larry Taylor returned to Columbus Park as a guest singer in the 3rd annual West Side Blues Fest sponsored by the Illinois Alliance. He sang "Sweet Home Chicago" and "Hoochie Coochie Man" with the R&B band West End 40.

Howard Sandifer, Larry Taylor , Doris Davenport

Larry Sings in Chicago Blues Fest as Taylors Come on Strong

Larry sings Taylor family Chi Blues Fest 2017Larry Taylor sang two songs in the Chicago Blues Fest Saturday June 10.  A late addition to his brother Eddie Taylor Jr.’s act in tribute to their dad, Eddie Taylor Sr., Larry also marked Howlin’ Wolf’s birthday by choosing to sing the Wolf standard, “ Killing Floor.”

Blues at the Economic Planning Table

Larry served on a panel to open up some ideas on how blues can help develop a tourism industry for the benefit of the West Side. The same thing could work on the South Side.  To benefit the hard-hit neighborhoods where blues originates.  The writeup, by Austin Talks

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  Barrelhouse Bonni McKeown and Larry also spoke on blues for economic development on consultant Valerie Leonard's BlogTalkRadio podcast June 19, 2017 .

Larry Releases "New Chicago Sounds" 2017

Take bluesman Larry Taylor, add several of his long simmering life stories, and put him in the studio with a few of his closest buddies from the West and South Side. Add some skilled engineering. Presto! Out comes a four-song EP of original tunes, "New Chicago Sounds of Larry Taylor."New Chicago Sounds cover

New Album in the Works! Help bring the Rebirth of Chicago blues

Larry's new album, with his talented Taylor brothers and sisters and the Soul Blues Healers band, is happening in the studio! We need your support to bring Larry's songs and movie into the world and raise people's spirits in the Windy City

West Side Blues Fest a Hit in Columbus Park

Larry Taylor headlined as Former Ald. Ike Carothers and his Illinois Alliance presented a free West Side Blues Fest.  Also featuring Killer Ray Allison, Joe B and singers Mzz Reese, Della Greer and Little Harvey.   

Larry's Blues leads the way at N. Lawndale Arts & Culture Festival

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.  




A West Side blues revival

Larry Taylor and friends are out performing in new venues.  Good thing for the hood!

Go see a live blues show!

Larry Taylor to Buddy Guy: Time to Share these Blues!

Why Larry is challenging Buddy Guy to a #BigBluesBattle 

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Neighborhood Planning with the Blues

Larry with Congressman Danny K. Davis:  Can blues help put the West Side back together?  Report on the North Lawndale planning conference.    

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West Side Fundraiser for movie with Rep. Danny K Davis

West Side showed up n showed out! Band leader Larry Taylor organized a West Side fundraiser for the Rhythm and the Blues movie, sponsored by Congressman Danny K. Davis.   MORE ABOUT THE MOVIE 
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New Blues Ahead: 2016

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.

Larry's 60th birthday 12/12/2015 at the Water Hole

Top 10 Reasons to be at Larry Taylor's 60th birthday Dec. 12

10. Larry Taylor is Black and Proud.  And he sings James Brown songs.  

Larry Debates with Cops on West Side Beat

During a growing controversy over the fairness of Chicago police, Larry manages, under duress, to have a civil debate with two officers on on a West Side street.


Scene from the movie

In this scene Leon plays the role of Larry's dad Eddie Taylor, after he and Jimmy Reed just lost a gig.  Larry produced and drummed on this song for the background music. Full trailer coming soon. Watch HERE

Headhunting in Watseka

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! KyHeadhunters

Larry's life to be a feature movie!

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“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, produced by Bonni McKeown and Darryl Pitts.   MORE INFO:


Larry and band play for Chicago mayor candidate

Jesus "Chuy" Garcia and his wife Evelyn boogied to the music of the Larry Taylor Blues n Soul band at a West Side fundraiser March 26 2015. 

Party to Support The Rhythm and the Blues movie! with Leon

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


Feature movie to portray Larry's family story

Article on "The Rhythm and the Blues" from Ruth Ratny's e-newsletter "Reel Chicago."   Darryl Bonni Larry

Larry plays with brothers in Windy City Challenge

Larry with brothers Tim and Eddie playing in the Windy City Blues Challenge.

Hear Eddie Taylor Sr.

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:

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!

West Side Soul show at BLUES

Larry rocked the house at BLUES on Halsted's Sunday night "West Side Soul" showcase, with Jon McDonald and Joe B on guitars.

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