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Blues: Chicago Style Urban/R&B: Soul Moods: Type: Vocal

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United States - Illinois

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Larry Taylor Blues and Soul Band

Larry Taylor and the Soul Blues Healers
“Real Music for All People”

Q. What comes out of the toughest hoods on Chicago’s West and South Sides?

A. Blues, funk, and soul!

Larry Hill Taylor—band leader, singer, drummer—is a master of this American roots sound. His songs tell the truth about life on the hard city streets, while the rhythms of the Soul Blues Healers get people out on the floor dancing. With drums, bass, guitar, keyboard and horns, they dig deep into the Delta roots of blues and shovel up rhythmic chunks of Howlin’ Wolf, Tyrone Davis, James Brown and more.

For smaller programs, Larry is available for acoustic shows and history discussions. Both sides of Larry’s family migrated from Mississippi to Chicago, where he was born in 1955. He is the son of singer Vera Taylor and master guitarist Eddie “Playboy” Taylor Sr., VeeJay recording artist and Jimmy Reed's music partner, who relentlessly drove the boogie and “lump.” Fascinated by drummers playing at the outdoor market on Maxwell Street, five-year-old Larry picked up sticks and fixed up his own drum set of cardboard boxes. As a youth, he watched through a hole in the roof as the Wolf howled on stage with his parents— giving him many stories to tell.

As the oldest of his musical brothers and sisters (Tim on drums, Eddie Taylor Jr. on guitar and vocals, and singing sisters Brenda, Edna and Demetria), Larry was the first to play on stage with his stepfather Eddie Taylor Sr. He toured Germany with the 1977 New Legends of Chicago Blues, with Jim O’Neal of Living Blues Magazine and Chess producer Willie Dixon, along with other promising bluesmen such as Billy Branch, Johnny B. Moore and Lurie Bell. This tour paved the way for today's blues generation.

For the next 25 years Larry, “the Little Man with the Big Voice,” performed everywhere—from tiny lounges on his own West and South Side of Chicago, to the Chicago Blues Festival to the West Coast, Canada and Ireland. He played with John Lee Hooker, Hubert Sumlin, Albert Collins, Albert King, Buddy Guy, Honeyboy Edwards, Junior Wells, A.C. Reed, Big Moose Walker, Little Milton, Artie “Blues Boy” White, Johnnie Taylor (no relation), Eddie Shaw, Killer Ray Allison and many more.

He plays drums on several Wolf Records CDs featuring his parents Eddie and Vera Taylor, and on guitarist Johnny B. Moore’s Wolf album Born in Clarksdale, which Larry helped arrange. Larry also is recorded drumming on Delmark record albums with his two uncles, Eddie Burns (Snake Eyes) and Jimmy Burns (Back to the Delta). See discography on his website.

Forming his own band in 2004, Larry produced a CD on his AV label, They Were in This House, , honoring his parents’ famous generation of blues musicians. In this House was re-released in 2011 with additional songs by Wolf Records. In 2017 Larry released, on his own AV label, an EP-CD of four original tunes: New Chicago Sounds of Larry Taylor, featuring the talents of longtime West and South Side bandmates, the Soul Blues Healers, and his two musical brothers, Eddie Taylor Jr. and Tim Taylor.

“People of all ages and backgrounds get into the rhythms of our music,” says Larry. “It makes me happy to honor the blues ancestors and share my feelings in a way that brings people together.”


West Side Blues Fest and First North Lawndale Arts and Culture Festival, 2016

Chicago Blues Festival, 2005(with Taylor Family), 2007 (on history panel and as guest singing with fellow New Blues Legends Vernon and Joe Harringon); 2008 (producer of three Crossroads Stage acts—his own band, the Taylor Family, and a West Side blues act with Joe B and Al Harris.)

Delmark’s Sunday West Side Soul showcase at BLUES on Halsted, March 2014

West Virginia Tours; Blues Brews BBQ Fest Charleston WV, June 2005;
Snowshoe Resort Blues Brews BBQ, Morgan County Arts Council, Romney Bottling Works 2008; Concert at W.Va. State U, Black History program at Simpson United Methodist church, March 2010.

Blues & Spirit Symposium May 2008: panel and band leader, Dominican U, River Forest IL

Harrah Horseshoe Casino, New Years Eve 2007-08: Hammond IN

Dublin Ireland, Blue Note Club, Aug. 2007, guest of Bobby Dixon

Master Musicians Festival, Somerset KY concert and workshop with Honeyboy Edwards, July 2007

DC Blues Society 20th Anniversary panel & acoustic show Washington DC, April 2007

W.Dixon Wang Dang Doodle Fest, Vicksburg, MS, Oct, 2006:

Chicago Harold Washington Library, “Speaking of Blues,” concert and interview July 14, 2006:

Stepson of the Blues book tour of Chicago libraries, Feb.-April 2011 including UIC

Navy Pier Beer Garden; House of Blues; Buddy Guys Legends Chicago 2005

Zazu Club, Owensboro KY July 2004