From: United Kingdom
Genre: Blues, R & B, Big Band Jump Blues
(USA / UK)
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, he was also a personal friend, confidante, and collaborator with the Late Great Ike Turner.
For the past fifteen years Otis has received a number of Awards including UK Blues Guitarist of the Year (1990- 96), Best Blues Albums, Best Band, and the prestigious W.C. HANDY BLUES Award in Memphis,Tenn. Surely testimony enough of the man's ability and dedication to the Blues. He has appeared on CNN, ITV, BBC, Spanish, Canadian and French Prime-time TV. With 15 successful Recordings, Otis continues to produces premier quality Blues CDs that are regarded as amongst the Best in this genre.
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."
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, and now leads the hottest TRUE Blues and R & B band around today that is firmly in demand by all Festivals throughout Europe and The Americas.
His gigs are now legendary, drawing acclaim from purists and from those who come looking for a good night out. Together with 7 piece classic Big-City Big Band, featuring many special guests Vocalists from the US, Otis can make you cry your Blues away or jump for Joy.