“The blues is the basis of all American music and of everything that I do. It’s a tradition, passed down from generation to generation. Some people say I’m not blues enough, but I’m a 26-year-old woman with very light skin living in the 21st century. Had Muddy Waters grown up when I did perhaps his music would sound a lot like mine. When Memphis Minnie was coming up they didn’t have electronic music or rock ‘n’ roll, and it was impossible to buy West African psychedelic rock records. I listen to everything from old blues to punk to drum ‘n’ bass to my father’s music, and it’s all become part of me.”

Cassie Taylor, the 26-year old daughter of Blues innovator Otis Taylor, has broken away from dad's band and is making a name for herself with her upcoming solo release Out Of My Mind.

From Delta bedrock to the fringes of electronica to the driving spirit of rock ‘n’ roll, Taylor draws on all of her influences — which span centuries, continents and cultures — to create indelible stories.

Taylor's musical journey began at the age of 12 when she picked up a bass guitar and after only being shown once, she laid down perfectly the iconic lines of Jimi Hendrix' Hey Joe.

Sultry. Sassy. Brassy. All words that just scratch the surface when describing this exciting young artist. Cassie Taylor will be at the Icon Lounge Friday night (April 19) Music starts at 8:30pm (opener TBA) with Taylor hitting the stage at 10pm. Tickets just $10 in advance or $12 at the door. You can pre-order here.

Icon Lounge is downtown Sioux Falls at 6th & Main in the Gourley Building Warehouse.