Cassie Taylor returns to Ace's in Bradenton

She moved away from her blues genes but she's back with fierce new album

mclear@bradenton.comJune 13, 2013 

When your father's a world-famous blues musician and you spend your teenage years touring the world playing bass in his band, there's only one way to rebel.

You go to college and you get a 9-to-5 job.

And that's exactly what Cassie Taylor did. She'd been playing bass for her father, renowned bluesman Otis Taylor, and she gave it all up for the normal life of a working stiff.

"It's bad when you're a teenager and you're out on the road with your father every night," she said. "People think my dad is this super-cool musician. And he is, he's a great guy. But he's also a very strict human being. I'd be all excited to go party with two Italian boys and he'd say, 'Oh, no, you're not going to do that.'"

Her father always encouraged her to develop her own music, she said, "but it wasn't something I was really interested in pursuing at the time."

After Cassie Taylor left her Colorado home and moved to Memphis for a change of scenery, though, it didn't take her long to figure out that the workaday world can be unexciting.

"I really started to see the other side," she said in a phone interview. "When I was touring with my dad it was the same band, I saw the same people, did the same thing every night. When I came down to Memphis I met this great new group of people, and I started to see what was great about rock 'n' roll."

So there's no more 9-to-5 for Taylor. She's back to making music and she'll return June 15 to Ace's Live in Bradenton, backed by a drummer and a guitarist.

"I was there in December," she said. "It was the day before the Bradenton Blues Festival. It was a great time."

Taylor has just released her fiery first

album -- or her second, if you include an overseas release -- called "Out of My Mind." It's solidly rooted in blues, but its branches reach into soul, rock and even pop. Reviews have been exuberant, praising Taylor's vocal, bass and songwriting skills, as well as the playing of guitarist Steve Mignano, who'll be joining her at Ace's along with drummer Brock Summers.

"I feel like this is my first album," she said. "This is really my first American release. I had another album called 'Blue' on a label in Germany."

She's loving music again, and touring with her own music has invigorated her enthusiasm. But not long ago she moved to the Kansas City area so she can work steadily in her hometown.

"Right now the blues is really vibrant in Kansas City," she said. "When you're a musician, it's a really wonderful experience when you can come home after work and sleep in your own bed."

Details: 9 p.m. June 15, Ace's Live, 4343 Palma Sola Blvd., Bradenton. Tickets: $12 advance, $15 at the door. Information: 941-795-3886,

Marty Clear, features writer/columnist, can be reached at 941-748-0411, ext. 7919. Follow

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