Album Review: Cassie Taylor - "Out of My Mind"
Packed with soulful singing and blazing 6-string, Taylor’s new Out of My Mind is a mesmerizing, nuanced, and imaginatively arranged collection of blues-inflected originals.
Out of My Mind
Yellow Dog Records
Cassie Taylor - "That's My Man"
The daughter of bluesman Otis Taylor, bassist, keyboardist, and vocalist extraordinaire Cassie Taylor has lived music all her life. As a teenager, she sang and played in her father’s band, appearing on eight albums and touring the world. In 2011 she released Blue , her solo debut, and then hit the road in the trio Girls with Guitars.
Packed with soulful singing and blazing 6-string, Taylor’s new Out of My Mind is a mesmerizing, nuanced, and imaginatively arranged collection of blues-inflected originals. Her big, round bass is deep in the pocket, but it’s her voice that’s so arresting. Taylor floats through her melodies with a relaxed, sassy vibe and none of the melismatic tinsel that plagues many contemporary female singers. And when she hits the gas, man, you feel it.
In guitarist Steve Mignano, Taylor has a perfect foil. His long, searing bends and snarling riffs wrap around Taylor’s latte voice like a well-worn leather glove. Tone for days, deluxe dynamics, spirited delivery—Mignano has it all. He mingles fat Wheels of Fire -era Clapton licks with the snappy attack of Texas titans Doyle Bramhall and David Grissom. If you’re craving rootsy music delivered with a fresh, progressive flair, this is it.
Must-hear track: “That’s My Man”