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We’re jazzed as usual about the Blues Music Awards on Thursday, May 8, and we’re looking forward in particular to our Yellow Dog Records showcase, which takes place Thursday afternoon, prior to the big awards ceremony that night, and features three artists who have been on quite a roll lately. First, at 12:45 p.m., our always-in-demand, deep-blues dynamo Colin Linden — who recently toured as Bob Dylan’s guitarist and wrapped his second season on ABC’s Nashville — steps up to the mic, ready to rivet the crowd with his world-renowned guitar mastery.

Then, at 1:45 p.m., Cassie Taylor — just a few weeks removed from her month-plus European tour — brings her blues-soul power to the stage, playing songs from her latest album Out of My Mind and more.

At 2:45, the piano lid gets lifted as Eden Brent closes our showcase with songs from her brand-new Yellow Dog Records release Jigsaw Heart (out May 6). Eden is touring a ton surrounding the arrival of her fantastic new album, so she will be at the peak of her formidable powers as she takes the stage.

It all goes down at BB King’s at 143 Beale Street. This is free and open to the public, so come join us as we bask in these soul-satisfying sounds!

Cassie Taylor - European tour 2014She’s only in her mid-20s, but Cassie Taylor is already a bona-fide road dog, having been in planes, trains and automobiles with her father Otis Taylor since her teen years. The soulful vocals and rock-solid bass skills she brought to her dad’s shows are now front and center as Cassie embarks on a sizable swing through Europe that will find her belting out her songs all across Germany and in Austria, Denmark, Luxembourg and Switzerland.

It all starts today at Das Bett in Frankfurt and winds down at Bluesiana in Velden, Austria on April 11. That, right there, is a tour, folks. Cassie is NOT messing around, on her latest album Out of My Mind (available on CD or white vinyl) or on her 44-day European tour that begins today!

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Described as “powerful” (Blues Blast), “glowing” (Living Blues), “impressive” (Blues Bytes), “captivating” (Cascade Blues), “mesmerizing” (Premier Guitar), “groundbreaking” (About Blues), “slyly subversive” (The New Yorker), “sassy” (Billboard), and “soulful” (No Depression), critics all over the map have been raving about Cassie Taylor’s Out of My Mind.

Now just in time for Halloween… Cassie’s new video for the track “New Orleans” is equal parts spooky, campy, jazzy and bluesy.

Elwood's BluesmobileCassie Taylor was recently featured on the nationally syndicated radio show Elwood’s Bluesmobile.  The hour-long show mixed cuts from Cassie’s new album, Out of My Mind, with interview clips.  Listen to Elwood Blues and Cassie discuss how she got started in music, her musical influences from Moby to Sharon Jones, and making an album — her own way.

Cassie Taylor - DaytrotterIt’s been the hippest of the hip for more than seven years: the Daytrotter Session. Everyone from hip-hoppers and electronic artists to blues-rockers and indie darlings have instantly upped their cred (and fanbase) by recording one-of-a-kind performances for Daytrotter, who have archived many thousands of performances and yielded many millions of downloads and streams.

Cassie Taylor recently made her debut at the already-legendary Daytrotter Studio in Rock Island, IL. Listen to her exclusive-to-Daytrotter live performances here including her tune “That’s My Man” from her acclaimed Yellow Dog release Out of My Mind .

By popular demand, we’re pleased to present our first vinyl-format release! Cassie Taylor‘s Out Of My Mind has been earning raves for its indelible and utterly modern sound, brilliantly melding influences ranging from a New Orleans second line to West African psychedelic rock.

Specially mastered for LP, Out Of My Mind is pressed on white vinyl, and like all compact discs purchased from our online store, comes with immediate download of the digital album.

Cassie Taylor - Out of My Mind

At age 26, Cassie Taylor is already a veteran musician. She’s spent a decade playing bass and singing on stage and in the studio with her father, modern-day blues innovator Otis Taylor. Now she stakes her own claim as an artist of intelligence, power and soul, drawing on a wide swath of influences – spanning centuries, continents and cultures – to create her own indelible and utterly modern sound.

With influences ranging from a New Orleans second line to West African psychedelic rock, the album’s 12 original songs – all written and arranged by Taylor – are the work of a truly 21st century musical omnivore. From the record’s lead track, “Ol’ Mama Dean (Part 1),” which opens with drums and theremin, to the wistful piano closer “Again,” Taylor proves to be a gifted, independent-minded songwriter with a flair for the unexpected and a voice that will haunt your dreams.

Cassie talks about the making of Out of My Mind:

“Heir Supply.” Nice. That’s an unmistakable New Yorker headline, and that’s a très cool illustration of Cassie Taylor attending this new piece the hallowed magazine just published in their latest issue.

As that headline suggests, the New Yorker’s Cassie Taylor article chronicles her ascendance from the band of her blues-star father to her own tours and albums including her outstanding new Yellow Dog Records release Out of My Mind, described with a hall-of-fame catchphrase “muscular, intelligently sexy”. Nice piece (and, again, awesome illustration, New Yorker)!

YDR_BMA_showcase_13_300Coming to Memphis for the Blues Music Awards this week?

Please join us for an exceptional lineup on the afternoon of Thursday May 9, before the big Awards event later that evening.

Kicking things off at 12:45 will be Colin Linden, a genuine renaissance man of roots music – traditional blues, soul and roots rock.  We’re all in for a treat as Colin showcases the combination of exquisite songwriting and deeply rootsy blues guitar that has earned him accolades both as a solo artist and in-demand collaborator as sideman and producer.

At 1:45, Cassie Taylor will celebrate the release of her brand-new album, Out Of My Mind, which The New Yorker praised as “muscular”, “intelligently sexy”, and “slyly subversive”, while Billboard summarized more simply as “sassy.”  Cassie and her power trio will boast a wide swath of influences – spanning centuries, continents and cultures – that create her own indelible and utterly modern sound.

At 2:45, our own “Little Boogaloo”, Eden Brent, will take command of the stage to demonstrate why she’s been praised with superlatives such as “jaw-dropping”, “jubilant”, and “sultry”, earning nine Blues Music Awards nominations including “Album of the Year” and “Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year”.  There are rumors of a new Eden Brent album in production, so it’s possible that we’ll hear previews of a couple of the new songs!

We’ll be at B.B. King’s at 143 Beale Street.  It’s free to the public so please stop by, say hello, and enjoy the music!

Billboard has premiered Cassie Taylor‘s new video of the track “That’s My Man”, from her upcoming album Out of My Mind. They call it “sassy” and note its theme of “cars, bars, boys and babes”, but as with everything Cassie does, there’s a twist…

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