Otis GRAND – Nothing Else Matters 1994

Otis GRAND – Nothing Else Matters 1994


While British blues guitarist Otis Grand’s albums have received critical acclaim in Europe, somehow they slipped through the cracks in the U.S. market. Originally released in 1994, Nothing Else Matters was reissued in 2003 as part of the Sanctuary Blues Masters series. On this date, Grand pays tribute to guitar hero T-Bone Walker; Grand’s original composition, “5 to 99 Blues,” employs Walker’s famous riffs and he performs sincere covers of “All Night Long” and “Looking Good” from the Magic Sam catalog. Lending a hand on the disc are Curtis Salgado and Sugar Ray Norcia, who split vocal duties; the House of Blues Horns; and Kim Wilson of the Fabulous Thunderbirds, who blows harp and sings on his self-penned track, “Things I Forgot to Do.” Nothing Else Matters is an enjoyable modern blues date that’s not afraid to celebrate vintage influences.
By Al Campbell, All Music Guide.
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.
Long the U.K.’s best kept blues secret, Otis Grand (a six-time U.K. Blues Guitarist of the Year who edged out Eric Clapton for 4 years running) is finally beginning to get the U.S. exposure he deserves. “Nothing Else Matters” is Grand’s first American recording. It is a must for fans of great blues guitar. It is a must for fans of great blues. Period.
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.
As 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.”
Otis Grand owns up to the numerous accolades and awards that are continuously bestowed upon him.
Otis Grand has received many honours British Blues Connection – Award Winner of Best UK Blues Guitarist seven times in a row (1990-96), Blues Association of France – Golden Award Winner of Best European Blues Guitarist twice (1998-99), and a lot more. Nothing Else Matters, recorded in Boston, received the highest critical acclaim for a new artist and made no. 6 on the prestigious USA HARD REPORT. As Grand’s major US debut, it succeeded in ‘kicking the door open’ to American Blues fans. The album established Otis as the highest seller in the UK and Europe with total sales outdoing blues artists, including Robert Cray and Duke Robillard. It debuted at no. 8 in the US top 20 Blues Charts, and received extensive radio play all over North America. This is an outstanding modern electric Blues album of exceptional quality by a brilliant blues guitarist, and is VHR by A.O.O.F.C. If you like great artist’s like Robert Johnson, and Robert Cray, you will love this album. And even if you don’t, you will not regret the time spent listening to this album. Buy his great He Knows the Blues album and listen to his Perfume & Grime album. N.B Can any blues afficionado clarify if Track.15, Looking Good by Magic Sam was on the original pressing of the album. This 15th track is listed on some CD issues of the album as Magic Mood. Your help would be very much appreciated on this.
Sugar Ray Norcia- Harp, Vocals
Curtis Salgado- Harp, Vocals
David Sholl-Sax (Alto), Sax (Tenor)
Rich Lataille- Sax (Alto)
Mudcat Ward- Percussion, Bass Fiddle
Tom “La Bumba” Mahfood- Sax (Baritone)
Michael Ward- Guitar, Bass Fiddle
Otis Grand- Guitar
Kim Wilson- Guitar (Rhythm), Vocals
Gordon “Sax” Beadle- Sax (Tenor)
Bob Enos- Trumpet
Anthony Geraci- Organ, Piano, Organ (Hammond)
Neil Gouvin- Drums
01. Finish Line  4:37
02. Careless Living  4:54
03. No Reason  4:05
04. 5 to 99 Blues  3:27
05. Mother-In-Law Blues  4:48
06. Marginal Man  5:19
07. Looking for a New Baby  4:18
08. Things I Forgot to Do  5:01
09. Waiting for the Hard Times to Go  7:44
10. Colburn (The Master’s Gone)  2:59
11. All Night Long  4:22
12. Common Sense  3:17
13. Days of Old  2:42
14. You Win, I Lose  3:30
15. Looking Good  2:39

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