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Grand - Guitars
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available from Sequel Records
Recorded in Boston, USA
Castle Records' release
of Otis Grand's "Nothing Else Matters..." is this year's CD
of the Year. There is no misrepresentation here. Listen to these 15 choice
tracks, and soon, it's true, nothing else matters.
After recording five albums in Europe, Grand felt it "was time to record with the right musicians... those who are truly and deeply steeped in the blues, the kind of guys with over 20 years experience under their belt. With "a suitcase full of new tunes, and eager to get on the flight to Boston," Grand was ready. He decided to record in New England because "apart from Texas, the best blues and R&B has been coming out of the New England area." Grand credits Duke Robillard, Ronnie Earl, Roomful of Blues, Sugar Ray Norcia and other members of the New England blues scene for "single-handedly keeping the blues alive during the disco '70s."
Kim Wilson, Curtis Salgado and Sugar Ray's vocals are featured on "Nothing Else Matters" as well as Neil Gouvin, Mudcat Ward and Anthony Geraci's rhythm section.
Texas Blues Magazine columnist Don 'O' puts it, "this is truly an
all-star session that brings together the perfect ingredients from all
over the USA and the U.K."
"...[the] new master on the rise" - Blues Access
Grand: "Succeeds in what Robert Cray has been attempting"
- Juke Blues