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They Were in This House

by Larry Taylor Blues and Soul Band

Larry sings the blues of his Chicago forefathers and soul with a West Side edge
Genre: Blues: Chicago Style
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Jody Got Your Girl & Gone (Baker,Wilson,Davis)
4:13 $0.99
2. Jody Part 2
3:33 $0.99
3. Blues, Hard Luck & Trouble (Larry Taylor)
4:53 $0.99
4. I Didn't Mean to Hurt Your Feelings (C.Burnett)
4:47 $0.99
5. Killing Floor (C.Burnett)
4:05 $0.99
6. Tell Me Baby (Larry Taylor)
4:16 $0.99
7. Tell Me Baby Part 2
4:41 $0.99
8. Signals of Love (J.Reed,E.Abner)
5:17 $0.99
9. Last $2 (G.Jackson)
4:54 $0.99
10. Dont Make Me Pay for His Mistake (Grayson,Lexington)
4:43 $0.99
11. Green Line Blues (Larry Taylor,B. McKeown)
4:26 $0.99
12. Knocking at Your Door (Elmore James)
5:11 $0.99
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Album Notes
phone 872-702-1693 or 773-209-4712

WHO LARRY IS: Larry Taylor leads a blues and soul band from the West Side of Chicago. A 21st century griot, he carries the stories of African America in his bones, in his drums, in his voice. His soulful singing, ferocious rhythm and precision on the bandstand move people mysteriously to rise up and boogie—whether he’s belting out a gutbucket Howlin’ Wolf tune, James Brown funk, or one of his own blues songs. Fellow musicians say, “Larry Taylor was here tonight. We played the blues.”

WHERE HE’S FROM: Born in 1955, the oldest in the family of guitarist Eddie Taylor Sr. and singer Vera Taylor, Larry Taylor Hill has survived the tough streets of Chicago’s West Side. He learned the music business from his stepfather Eddie and the drumming trade from Howlin’ Wolf’s drummers who visited their house.

LEARNING FROM THE BEST: For 30 years, Larry drummed and sang professionally behind blues and soul stars such as Luther Allison, Albert Collins, Carey and Lurie Bell, the Holmes Brothers, Otis Clay, Big Walter Horton, John Lee Hooker, Robert Lockwood Jr., Jimmy Rogers, Sunnyland Slim. He has played and sung on several Wolf and Delmark records with other Taylor family members and with his uncles Eddie and Jimmy Burns, with AC Reed and Johnny B Moore. He is featured on Wolf Records, Chicago Best of West and South Side Singers, both Vol. I in 1987 and Vol II in 2005. Larry toured Europe in 1977 with Willie Dixon’s “New Generation of Chicago Blues.” He returned to Europe three decades later, playing the Bleu Note in Dublin, Ireland with Willie Dixon’s son Bobby.

SOUL AND BLUES MASTER: In 2004 Larry Taylor launched a critically acclaimed CD on his own AV label, dedicated to his blues forefathers, called They Were in This House, featuring heavy dudes from the West Side: Willie Davis, Osee Anderson, Mad Hatter, Michael Riley, West Side Wes, and Ronnie G. In the Chicago Blues Festival, he sang in a Taylor family tribute in 2005, and sang with the Harrington brothers in 2007. He has led his band in Chicago’s House of Blues, Buddy Guy’s Legends, Kingston Mines, Bill’s Blues, and in several area park shows. On the road, Larry has appeared in the Charleston WV Blues Brews BBQ 2005, and at the 2006 Wang Dang Doodle Fest in Vicksburg, sponsored by the Mississippi Music Hall of Fame. He made a hit with young fans at the 2007 Master Musicians Fest in Kentucky as he drummed and sang with 92 year old Delta blues guitar man Honeyboy Edwards. For the 2008 Chicago Blues Fest he assisted festival chair Barry Dolins in presenting a three act West Side Revue at the Crossroads Stage.

ABOUT LARRY's SHOW: Larry Taylor usually fronts a band of drums, bass, guitar, keyboard and/or sax. For shorter shows, he sometimes sings while drumming. He often performs with Vernon and Joe Harrington, of the famed West Side Harrington-Bell blues family. Larry occasionally sings and plays in a family act with siblings Eddie Taylor Jr, guitar, Tim Taylor on drums and Demetria Taylor on vocals. Larry is also available to speak about his heritage in educational programs on the role of blues in African-American history and the current state of soul and blues music.


Larry Taylor: They Were in This House, 2004, AV Records (all vocals; drums)

Delmark: 50 Years of Jazz and Blues, Delmark Records, 2003

Chicago Best of West and South Side Singers Vol. 2, Wolf Records 2004, 3 vocals; Singers Vol. 1, Wolf Records LP 1987, vocals

Eddie Taylor Jr. Wolf Records albums Worried About My Baby, 2003, 1 vocal and drums; Lookin’ for Trouble, 2001, drums and 1 vocal; Mind Games, 2006, drums.

Vera Taylor, You Better Be Careful, Wolf Records 2000, drums

Eddie Burns, Snake Eyes, Delmark Records 2002, drums

Jimmy Burns, Back to the Delta, Delmark Records 2003, drums

Johnny B. Moore, Born in Clarksdale Mississippi, Wolf Records 2002, drums

Eddie Taylor Sr and Vera Taylor, I Found Out, Wolf Records LP 1983, drums

A.C. Reed, Ice Cube Records, President Plays the Saxophone, drums


Killer Ray Allison
Osee Anderson
Atomic Soul Blues Band
(Vernon & Joe Harrington)
Billy Boy Arnold
Joe B.
Carey Bell
Lurrie Bell
Billy Branch
John Brim
Mel Brown
Nora Jean Wallace Bruso
“Jewtown Eddie” Burks
Eddie Burns
Jimmy Burns
Willie Burns
Katharine Carroll
Johnny Christian
James Cotton
Lester “Mad Dog” Davenport
“Maxwell St. Jimmy” Davis
Katherine Davis
Willie Davis
Jimmy Dawkins
Detroit Junior
Freddie Dixon
Willie Dixon
Lefty Dizz
Johnny Dollar
Little Arthur Duncan
Dietra Farr
Sammy Fender
Steve Freund
Ashward Gates
Harmonica Hinds
Big Walter Horton
Willie James
Shirley Johnson
Syl Johnson
Floyd Jones
Vance Kelly
Willie Kent
Mary Lane
Sammy Lawhorn
Johnny Laws
Bonnie Lee
Lovie Lee
Hip Linkchain
David Lindsey
Johnny Littlejohn
Abb Locke
Grana Louise
Little Howlin Wolf
Pierre Lacocque & Misssippi Heat
Robert Junior Lockwood
Lucky Lopez
Charlie Love
Willie James Lyons
Cash McCall
Johnny B. Moore
Ben Murphy
JoJo Murray
Pinetop Perkins
John Primer
John “Yank” Rachell
Piano C. Red
A.C. Reed & Sparkplugs
Jimmie Lee Robinson
Chick Rogers
Jimmy Rogers
Pat Rushing
Big Time Sarah
Scotty and the Oasis
Patricia Scott
Walter Scott
Son Seals
Eddie Shaw
Mack Simmons
Sunnyland Slim
Byther Smith
Big Smokey Smothers
Little Smokey Smothers
Nolan Strutt
Hubert Sumlin
Super Chikan
Tail Dragger
Eddie Taylor Sr.
Eddie Taylor Jr.
Vera Taylor
Maurice John Vaughn
Jimmy Walker
Joe Louis Walker
Robert Bilbo Walker
Carl Weathersby
Junior Wells
Mike Wheeler
Artie “Blues Boy” White
Lavelle White
J.W. Williams & Chi Town Hustlers
Zora Young



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Ron Weinstock

Larry Taylor is a strong vocalist who covers Howlin' Wolf as well as soul
Larry Taylor is a strong vocalist who is at home covering Johnnie Taylor's "Jody Got Your Girl and Gone" as he is reviving Howlin' Wolf. Taylor's originals, "Blues, Hard Luck & Trouble" and "Green Line Blues" (inspired by Chicago's mass transit), are solid songs and like the rest of the album, nicely played. He sings with plenty of soul which is matched by his backing band. This is well worth checking out and giving a listen to.

Jeff Johnson, Chicago Sun-Times May 30 2004

One of the best-sounding blues albums of the year
Like so many younger blues artists, Chicagoan
Larry Taylor grew up immersed in the music. The stepson of the late Eddie Taylor Sr., Jimmy Reed's guitarist during his most productive years, Larry took up drums as a youth. He recently moved out from behind the kit to display his vocal chops, which lend themselves perfectly to the soul-blues material on this debut CD.

Co-produced by Taylor, keyboardist Barrelhouse Bonni and Steve Wagner of Delmark Records, "They Were in This House" is one of the best-sounding blues albums of the year. And the material is well-chosen, particularly "Jody Got Your Girl and Gone," a funked-up military cadence, and "Last $2", both by Johnnie Taylor (no relation).

Taylor covers Howlin' Wolf as well, and his no-nonsense original tunes sound like they, too, could be taken from the Wolf's songbook.

Blues Matters Oct./Nov. 2004, Billy Hutchinson

This is what the real Chicago blues sounds like
We have all heard copycat bands throughout the UK attempting Chicago Blues - this is what it is meant to sound like. It's a sound your soul can't shake…and why the hell should it?

---Billy Hutchinson, Blues Matters, Brigend, England Issue #22, Oct.-Nov. 2004

marc claes

Thanks !!!
Great Chicago Blues and Soul on this fine Cd , I'll be back for the next album !!

Big City Blues, Oct./Nov. 2004. by George Seedorf

Spirit and personality are 100% for real
This fine record gives us 12 exclusive excursions into the world of authentic early Chicago blues with a dash of soul and mighty Mississippi attitude. Just when you think the last of this breed may have left us or is nearing retirement, a fella like Larry comes along to give us all a priceless gift...Expect really great songs, fine arrangements, some tasty horns, genuine West Side Chicago electric guitar licks and perfect vocal execution.

Southwest Blues Magazine

Every track works...A ton of good performances on this disk
Taylor takes his own spin on these cover tunes and makes them unique and fun to listen to. Espeically tops on my list would be his appproach two the two--count them-- two Johnnie Taylor tunes "Jody Got your Girl and Gone" and "Last $2."... It all comes back to the vocal performances of Taylor who does a fine job of holding everything together. Check him out on the original composition "Tell Me Baby" parts one and two. He moans and groans in sync with the guitar. It's a wonderful little exchange that just rides this amazing groove and keeps on going. A great CD from the Windy City.-- Bill Fountain

Chicago Reader, Critics Choice

Blunt, ferocious blues and soul that brings tradition home to the streets
Taylor's own "Blues, Hard Luck & Trouble" has a Wolfish lope that showcases his rhythmic sense and quivering down-home vibrato, but he's most interesting on modern fare. While many soul and blues singers today smooth the edges off their songs, Taylor revels in the aggression and unbridled sensuality that infuses classic R& B and soul.


Smooth transaction, speedy shipment , will do business again!!
Good Chicago Blues as if it came from that special house. Look forward to hearing future recordings.
Thanks So Much!!