Saturday, October 04, 2008

Otis Grand on CNN: Beirut Blues

Otis Grand is one of the world's great blues guitarists. We were together at the American University of Beirut in the late sixties and early seventies, and I used to play music with him from 1972-1975, part of that time in the Bliss Street Blues Band. I was never a very good singer, but Otis was an awesome guitarist. He moved to London in 1976, and in the early 1980s started playing music professionally there.

He appeared yesterday on the CNN show, "Inside the Middle East," talking about his life and the blues, from Beirut. There is great footage of him playing. And, there are some photos of the Bliss Street Blues Band, as well as some footage. I'm the guy with the dishwater blonde "Afro." Check it out.


Eliek. said...

Yeah, you r right, he is a great guitarist, i met him two days after his concert in Zouk Mikael by mistake and now i have the honor to know him..
and this past summer he came to lebanon and gave me one of his guitars as gift..he is a really great person.

Anonymous said...

fouad boshti is great and grand