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Otis Grand - Guitars
Gordon Beadle - Tenor & Bari Sax
..... plus many others.
available from Bliss Street Records Records. Currently available online only from fine cyberstores like Amazon.co.uk for England, and cdbaby.com for North American purchases.
Produced & arranged by Otis Grand
Recorded in London, Boston & Winston-Salem,, USA
“I hope you enjoy the kind of real music that I grew up listening to in the 60’s and still love the best. This is the only kind of music that is a cure for today’s MTV from hell”.
Britain’s most popular Blues guitarist and bandleader, described by B.B.King as “…. Plays the Blues like I did when I was young”, personal friend and frequent collaborator with Ike Turner, winner of many ‘Best Guitarist’ awards in numerous polls all over the World at long last delivers a new album. Its fitting too that Otis, voted by Guitarist magazine as ‘one of the top 50 greatest Blues guitarists who ever walked the earth‘ should again produce a record that not only continues his almost single handed crusade to keep the classic Blues sound of the 50’s and 60’s alive but also takes the genre into new and different directions.
Today, Otis is generally regarded as the foremost authority and guitar player keeping the blues style of BB King and T-Bone Walker alive and well, with a stunning live show that takes audiences back to the good old days.
Although it has taken over 2 years for Otis Grand to produce “Hipster Blues”, the wait is well worth it. Serious family responsibilities took Otis off the circuit for two and a half years and back to the United States. He lived in Winston-Salem, North Carolina where there are more Churches than Bars, but this enabled him to kick-start the non-existent Blues scene and more importantly to soak up a lot of the music scene unique to the Carolinas – Beach Music.
The Carolina’s, especially areas like Myrtle Beach, have clung to the shuffle rhythms of 50’s R&B and the sounds of original 60s’ Dance-based tunes. Hearing these sounds again was reminiscent of the records that fuelled his desire to take up the guitar. Always as inspired by the style of players like Duane Eddy,Dick Dale, the Ventures, and The Tielman Brothers,as well as the Classic Blues originators, exposure to Beach music sowed the seeds for the concept that became “Hipster Blues”.
The 14 track collection harkens back to the British Mod scene of the 60’s when Blues men like B.B. King, Freddie King and Buddy Guy would find their music interpreted by British bands alongside the work of hip jazzmen like Lou Donaldson, Brother Jack McDuff, Jimmy MGriff, Horace Silver or Ray Bryant. The club jocks of the day would carry boxes of 45’s that would not just contain the hippest sounds on Atlantic or Stax but also Blue Note, Impulse and Prestige. There were no demarcation lines between hip R&B and hip jazz in those days and naturally there aren’t any either on this set, Otis’ 14th CD.
Otis’ fave vocalists who have performed on all his previous albums are back with a vengeance as Curtis Salgado and Sugar Ray Norcia join his touring Band vocalist, ex Ike Turner singer Jimmy Thomas on several tracks.
Here then is “Hipster Blues”, a blissful revisit to sounds you could have heard at any club in London’s Soho or New York City, or Shag Nites at Beach parties during the Sixties.