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In Tune With Musicians

Submitted PhotoOtis Taylor

Editor’s Note: Trance blues artist Otis Taylor, of Boulder, performs at the Spring Thing Festival at 4 p.m. Saturday at Sunlight Mountain Resort. Funk band SoulFeel opens for Taylor from 2-4 p.m. For more information about Taylor and his music, visit Boulder (born in Chicago in 1948, raised in Denver)Type of music played: Trance bluesMusical background/education: Self-taught and lessonsPlaces you’ve played: I’m an international touring musician. I’ve played on the east and west coasts, and all over the world – Germany, France, Istanbul. I just returned from Rotterdam a few weeks ago.Family information: wife, Carol, and two daughters, a 17-year-old and 19-year-old daughter, Cassie, who plays bass and sings with meWhat is the best part about being a musician? It’s an obsession. Anybody can play music, but playing music in public is a different thing. What do you do in your free time? Cross-country ski, shop for antiquesWhat’s your favorite instrument? The first instrument I ever bought was a banjo, but I love them all. My favorite instrument is the checkbook.Who’s your favorite musician? Oh, I don’t know. I never think in that scope. I never say, it always changes. I like different types of music – Irish music and American jazz.What or who is your biggest influence? The Denver Folklore Center has probably influenced me quite a bit. There are different influences in the various stages of your life.What’s your favorite song? I never think of favorites, but I could maybe think of my top 100. There will always be certain songs you think about when certain things happen in your life, for certain generations.

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