Brother Theotis Taylor

by Brother Theotis Taylor

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  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    12" LP with gold foil cover and full size 8 page liner notes / oral history interview and family photos

    Includes unlimited streaming of Brother Theotis Taylor via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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  • Cassette + Digital Album

    White cassette with gold ink imprint and 3-panel color cover. Includes 6 additional songs! 1 hour playing time.

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Burden Away 06:55
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about

Brother Theotis Taylor is a 92-year-old spiritual singer and piano player known throughout South Georgia and beyond for his powerful voice and heavenly falsetto. His music took him from his home in Fitzgerald, Georgia, to the stage with Sam Cooke and the Soul Stirrers, to Harlem’s Apollo, and even to Carnegie Hall.

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 were digitized in 2020 and are being heard for the first time with this 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.”

Download comes with three bonus tracks and 8-page large format liners with oral history interview and archival photos.

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released July 15, 2020

Music by Brother Theotis Taylor

Mastered by Tim Stollenwerk / Stereophonic Sound (tracks 1-8)

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