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Otis Grand

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OTIS GRAND’s (1950.02.14/ Beirut, Lebanon - ) music career spans over 25 years. Otis Grand has played a major role in the evolution of the modern blues scene in Britain. After the decline of the British blues boom of the 60’s, Otis arrived on the scene and formed his 10-pieces Rhythm and Blues band, and firmly established his act and style of blues in Britain, quickly becoming a firm favourite throughout Europe.

Guitarist Otis Grand has been playing blues guitar since the age of 13 - Otis says: “I never listened to any one but B.B.king and Robert Johnson for a very very long time, and I am glad I’ve missed out on all the heavy blues/rock/acid thing that was going on in the 60’s. This way I have preserved the deep blues roots of my playing style, which now goes with me in whatever musical journey I am attempting.”

In 1988, Otis Grand released his first album ‘Always Hot’ with his big band. The band quickly dominated the UK blues scene, and soon after began to establish an international audience by touring extensively in Europe, and also as an opening act for such major stars as John Lee Hooker, BB king, Albert Collins, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Steve Winwood, among others.

The following years he released three further CD’s each with a veteran Blues artists: Guitar Shorty in 1991, Philip Walker in 1992, and 50’s Tenor sax star Joe Houston in 1994. The Shorty release won a coveted W.C. Handy Award for best Blues album (foreign).

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  • Sapegas

    Like the way he plays! Otis is one of the best contemporary guitar players. He's got soul.

    9 Jan 2010 Reply

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