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

Larry's new album 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 

Buddy vs Larry big blues battle

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.    

Larry DKDavis check 2016  

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 
DKDavis apr 3 fundraise flyer

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!

 “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.   MORE INFO:

Dasaun Sanford, Chicago actor, plays young Larry: Larry and Dasaun Sanford shake hands

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." 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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