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Otis Grand

b. Fred Bishti, 14 February 1950, Beirut, Lebanon. Grand has spent most of his life in the USA, although he lived in France for a few years. He began playing guitar at the age of 13, citing his influences as B.B. King, T-Bone Walker, Otis Rush and Johnny Otis, and he has played with many San Francisco Bay area blues artists. Otis Grand And The Dance Kings created a sensation when they burst onto the British blues scene in the late 80s, enhanced on the first album (a W.C. Handy award nomination) by the presence of Joe Louis Walker. The second album includes guests Jimmy Nelson, Pee Wee Ellis, and Walker again. A great live attraction, Grand was voted UK Blues Guitarist Of The Year in 1990 and continued to appear in annual polls throughout the 90s due to his constant touring schedule. He now resides in Croydon, Surrey, gateway to the blues!
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gary5527
I knew Fred (Fouad) from when we were all in Beirut (Pamela and even her brother David Walters)

Hamra street (blues boys) ...Baberella ...
He was great then and is even better now

We wished then that he would join our band ..
But we couldn't get him...

Those Were The Days My Friend ...
We Thought They Would Never End ..

Voice from the past
G.G.
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Heavy!
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Can I get some Bobby blue band
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Perhaps the fact that he has edged out, among others, Eric Clapton, for the distinction of UK Blues Guitarist of the Year for 7 years running, one might be inclined to say that Otis Grand KNOWS how to play the blues.

Otis Grand has been influenced only by some of the best that blues has to offer - vintage BB King, Otis Rush, Albert Collins, T-Bone Walker and Magic Sam, to name a few.
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I tend to judge my blues music based on a couple of things:
1. If I hear it in the background and it makes me stop to listen deeper, and 2. Do I want to find out if I can catch this cat live. This fills both requirements . Niiiiiiiice.
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Early Chicago Blues sound,before the ego-commerci a l i s m era. Big broad band back-ups, with eletric riffs that pay tribute to earlier artist.
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ruthsuddenly s i x t y
awesome
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rkarnett
Has that Texas feel to it, but more broad. Hints of Ronnie Earl and Roy Buchanan. Not merely a display of technical skill, but a mastery of the instrument to use it in finding the soul of a song. I could name at least a dozen who are more technically adept, but some of those do not do what Grand does on "He Knows The Blues;" It's almost like he backs off just a bit to communicate the FEELING so that it doesn't become overshadowed by slick finger work. I find subtle new things with every lis
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this guy is fabulous. how have i not heard him until now?
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d3russ
thought it was ronnie earl at first-- little edgier - good stuff
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The album seems appropriatel y titled
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great stuff

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