Brother Theotis Taylor – S/T – New LP
It's nice when we recognize talent and release their music after they are gone, I suppose, but it's a much more beautiful thing if we can recognize them (and pay them) while they are still living. Brother Taylor is a living miracle. -- winch
12" LP with gold foil cover and full size 8 page liner notes / oral history interview and family photos
Though his releases are limited to six stunning and rare singles on the Pitch label and a single small-press LP, his recorded archive is vast. For much of his life, Brother Taylor kept a reel-to-reel recorder atop his piano at home.
“The music just comes down on you,” Brother Taylor told us late last year. “You always have your machine where you can catch everything. ‘Cause what you can catch today you can’t remember tomorrow.”
Brother Taylor recorded himself on his DIY home setup only when he was inspired by a higher power, often fasting and praying for days before recording. These intimate home recordings are being heard for the first time with this 2020 release.
Revisiting these old songs brought Brother Taylor to tears. “[When I hear this music] I pick up the same spirit that I did it in. And you see me cryin’. It made me feel good ‘cause I know I did it and I did it well. And I want to see it get out, because if it made me feel good, it make somebody else feel good. Right? This is spiritual music.”
Music by Brother Theotis Taylor
Mastered by Tim Stollenwerk / Stereophonic Sound (tracks 1-8)