Sterling Plumpp: L. Taylor is "deep blues"
October 18, 2011
"Larry Taylor is the real deal. He is steeped in what Robert Palmer calls "deep blues." He is able to go into the blues landscape that people associate with the likes of Howlin' Wolf and Elmore James. His timing is impeccable, and his vernacular is clear, passionate and persuasive."
--Chicago African American poet and essayist Sterling D. Plumpp after hearing Larry Taylor's album They Were in This House ), Oct. 18, 2011
Sterling D. Plumpp, poet and essayist, was born to a sharecropping family in Clinton, MS, in 1940. Living 10 miles from school and wanting for a school bus, he spent less than a year in elementary studies. Nevertheless, when his family moved to Jackson, he graduated high school as class valedictorian. He moved to Chicago in 1962, spent two years in college and two in the military, then worked at the post office, before finding his niche in the University of Illinois faculty, 1971-2001, in the African American Studies and English departments.
Plumpp won a million dollars in the Illinois lottery, which has allowed him to travel and continue his writing. His books include Ornate with Smoke, Black Rituals, and Blues Narratives. He edited Somehow We Survive, a collection of South African writing, and taught in the master of fine arts program at Chicago State University during the mid 2000s. In 2003 Third World Press published his poetry collection, Velvet BeBop Kentecloth. Plumpp listens to live jazz and blues and knows the musicians; his poetry follows these musical rhythms. He was a featured elder speaker at the Dominican University Blues and Spirit symposia in 2008 and 2010.
Black History Month Tour 2011
March 2, 2011
Oak Park Library talk excerpts, YouTube: see under LINKS: VIDEOS.
Chicago area libraries and community centers from all the way south at West Pullman to west at West Chicago and Oak Park, have been hosting the co-authors of Larry Hill Taylor’s autobiography, Stepson of the Blues: A Chicago Song of Survival, for African American History Month 2011.
Jan. 29, Blackstone Library, Feb. 5, College of Complexes, at Lincoln Restaurant, Feb. 7, North Austin Library, on North Avenue; Feb. 9, Brainerd Library and W. Englewood; Feb. 10, Forest Park Library; Feb. 16, Legler library, Feb.18, 4th Graders Talk at Douglass Library; Feb. 20, 3 p.m., Blue Island Library; Feb. 23, Oak Park Library; Feb. 24, W Chicago Library; Feb. 26, W. Pullman Library, Feb. 27, Beverly Art Center, Feb. 28, Monday 5:30 p.m., Wrightwood-Ashburn Library. March 1, Tuesday 6 p.m., Back of Yards Library, 4650 S. Damen, Chicago IL 60609
Because of the blizzard, three days of the tour were rescheduled and continued into March: March 3, Walker Library, March 8, Tuesday 6:30 p.m., Bellwood Library, March 9, Wednesday, 6 p.m, Bezazian
The tour resulted in some nice hometown reports like this one from the Garfield/Lawndale/Austin Voice:
Larry's Past Gigs 2005-10
May 1, 2010
April 30 2010: Guest with Chicago School of Blues assembly at Donoghue Elementary School, 37th & Cottage Grove, Chicago: featuring Killer Ray Allison, Abb Locke,CC Copeland, West Side Wes, Gloria Shannon, Barrelhouse Bonni
March 6, 2010: Sam's Uptown Cafe, Charleston, WV
Chicago School of blues challenged Charleston and the folks were up for it. In front of a crowd of all ethnics and ages, State Del. Meesha Poore sat in with Ray for "Call Tyrone" and "Proud Mary." Larry and Ray closed the show together with 'Still Called the Blues." Larry thanks Killer Ray Allison, CC Copeland
March 5, 2010: CSB at Simpson U.Methodist Church, Charleston, WV
A diverse audience showed up at Simpson Church for a Chicago School of Blues program featuring WV musical history and Chicago blues.
March 4, 2010: CSB atWV State College, Institute, WV
Terrific show featuring Charleston area horn players Bob Redd, trumpet, and Dugan Carter, sax. Historian and retired bass player Rabbit Jones was honored by WV first lady of R&B/blues Doris Fields, who sat in for a song. The band was in rare form, led by Killer Ray Allison on guitar, with CC Copeland on bass, West Side Wes on drums, Barrelhouse Bonni piano.
February 2, 2010: Buddy Guys, drums with Harmonica Hinds, Chicago
August 15, 2009: Nick's Beer Garden, Chicago ,drums w/ Harmonica Hinds & Eddie Taylor Jr
August 1, 2009: Rep.Danny Davis fundraiser Chicago
Rep. Davis and guests enjoy Larry's band of West Siders led by Bruce, Jerry and Wes, plus Floyd, Duke and Mike. Larry leads the band through the songs of Jimmy Reed, Howlin' Wolf, Johnny Taylor, Tyrone Davis, and James Brown. Red Carpet guests toured the colorful Rubin and Murphy/Hill art galleries.
July 18, 2009: Rooster Blues, with Taildragger, Chicago
July 10, 2009: Nick's Beer Garden with Eddie Taylor Jr.Chicago
February 20, 2009: Antioch School w/ Vernon Harrington, Antioch IL
January 17, 2009: Taste Entertainment,Chicago Blues bus tour
August 17, 2008: Bottling Works Blues BBQ Romney WV
August 16, 2008: Morgan Co.Arts Cncl, Berkeley Sprngs WV
August 15, 2008: Snowshoe Blues Brews BBQ Snowshoe WV
August 14, 2008: American Legion Post 57 Charleston WV
July 5, 2008: Buddy Guy's Legends Chicago
June 6, 2008: Chicago Blues Fest Chicago
June 5-6, 2008: Guest of Killer Ray Allison, Checkerboard Lounge Chicago
May 24, 2008: Blues & Spirit Symposium panel,Dominican U. River Forest
May 23, 2008: Rosa's Lounge, Chicago IL
May 22, 2008: Blues & Spirit Symposium band leader,Dominican U., River Forest IL
May 17, 2008: Guest of Killer Ray Allison at Wabash Tap, Chicago
December 31, 2007: Harrah Horseshoe Casino, Hammond, IN
August 16-17, 2007: Blue Note, special guest of Bobby Dixon, Dublin, Ireland
August 11, 2007: Bay fest train w/ Maurice John Vaughn, Duluth, MN
July 21, 2007 Master Musicians Festival playing for Honeyboy Edwards Somerset KY
"Son, you're doin' the blues," Honeyboy Edwards told Larry Taylor at the Master Musicians Fest. The last well known Delta guitarist from the Robert Johnson era, Honeyboy usually plays solo or with manager Michael Franks (harp), but at the fest Michael decided to add Larry on drums and Aron Burton on bass. All the bluesmen, and the crowd, enjoyed the result! Larry stood up from the drums, greeted the crowd, and drummed and sang "Hoochie Coochie Man." Both he and Honey signed CDs for the eager, respectful fans of America's roots music.
July 15, 2007: Juniors Sports Lounge w/ Eddie Taylor Jr, Chicago
June 24, 2007: Reynolds Lounge, S.Side, Chicago
June 21-22, 2007 SummerFest,special guest Maurice John Vaughn, Camp Spring and Upper Marlboro, MD
June 16-17, 2007: Maxwell St block party and juniors sports bar, Chicago
June 9, 2007 Great Lakes Blues Summit,Rt 66 Tent, Chicago Blues Fest Chicago
June 8, 2007 Honeyboy Edwards 92nd Birthday w/ Rob Stone at Hideout, Chicago
June 8, 2007 Chi Fest History panel 1977 Berlin Tour w/ Jim ONeal and guest singer with Vernon & Joe Harrington
April 14, 2007 DC Blues Society panel & show Washington, DC
April 13, 2007 Bottling Works w/ Mike Baytop, Barrelhouse Bonni Romney WV
February 25, 2007 UU Congregation, Charleston WV
February 18, 2007: Charleston Friends (Quakers) "Why I Get the Blues"
Feb. 11, 2007: Kanawha County WV Public Library w/Barrelhouse Bonni
October 14, 2006: W.Dixon Wang Dang Doodle Fest, Vicksburg MS
July 14, 2006: Harold Washington Library, Speaking of Blues, Chicago
April 30, 2006: American Legion Post 57, Charleston WV
April 29, 2006: New Blue PArrot, Charleston WV
April 28, 2006: Vandalia Lounge, Charleston WV
April 15, 2006: Bill's Blues, Evanston IL
January 6, 2006: Bill's Blue,,Evanston IL
December 16, 2005: House of Blues w/ Eddie Taylor Jr,Chicago
December 11, 2005: Larry's 50th birthday at Vern's lounge, Chicago
October 29, 2005: House of Blues BackPorch stage, Chicago
September 17, 2005: Downtown Octoberfest, Oak Park IL
September 6, 2005: Buddy Guys Legends,Chicago IL
July 30, 2005: House of Blues Back Porch stage,, Chicago I
July 29, 2005:Navy Pier Beer Garden, Chicago
June 24, 2005: Blues Brews BBQ Fest, U. of Charleston, Charleston WV
June 10, 2005: Chicago Blues Fest: singer with Taylor family. Plaque was awarded to family from Blues Foundation, at Larry's request, in honor of Eddie Taylor Sr.'s induction to Blues Hall of Fame 1987