OTIS GRAND - Blues ’65
BRAND NEW CD RELEASE - Out Now on MAINGATE Records / Proper Music
Voted by Guitarist magazine a ‘one of the top 50 greatest Blues guitarists who ever walked the earth‘ , Britain’s most popular Blues guitarist and Bandleader prompted B.B. King to say of his playing - “….Otis plays the Guitar like I did when I was young”. Not only is Otis admired and respected by the old Blues Masters like BB King and Luther Allison, he was also a personal friend, confidante, and collaborator with the late great Ike Turner.
For the past 25 years Otis has received a number of Awards including UK Blues Guitarist of the Year (1989 - 96), Best Blues Albums, Best Band, and the prestigious W.C.HANDY BLUES Award in Memphis. Surely, testimony enough of the man's ability and dedication to the Blues. He has appeared on CNN, ITV, BBC, Spanish, US, Canadian and French Prime-time TV.
“Blues‘65” is a celebration of the sounds that influenced him during his teenage years. This was an era when recordings of every genre were made to be radio friendly and charts saw Pop, Rock, Soul, R&B, and even Blues nestled comfortably together.
There are no guitar pyrotechnics here - just straightforward danceable, Swingin’ and listening grooves (Rumba Conga Twist. Otis, truly a master of his instrument in an age of ‘guitar heroes’, still plays in that authentic Blues style with simplicity, feel, lyricism and rhythmic attack to the fore.
PRETEND was a big hit for Nat King Cole in 1953. It was subsequently a hit for Carl Mann in 1959 on Sun Records, and Alvin Stardust's version was a popular hit in the UK in 1981…... According to Babalú Hoodoo, this could be a hit for Otis Grand in 2012.
Vocals on this outing are from Otis’ long-time friend and collaborator, the massively under-rated and best living bluesman today, Sugar Ray Norcia. Sugar Ray really excels on Pretend, Bad News Blues On TV, Midnight Blues and on Who Will The Next Fool Be.
One track even sees the return from retirement of Otis’ long-time touring vocalist, Brother Roy Oakley on the New Orleans soul Please Don’t Leave.
There is also some genuine honking Tenor sax by the great Greg Piccolo, Roomful of Blues co-founder, and special guest ‘Monster’ Mike Welch unleashes some fine and hot Rockin’ solos on several cuts.
The mission continues with Blues’65 - roll back the carpet and get ready to get down with this perfect evocation of one of the greatest periods in Blues history. And as BB King once said: “If this ain’t it, I quit”.
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