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Michael Grandé is a phenomenal guitarist, known for his 5-finger picking technique, guitar flourishes, soft, gentle voice, and rapport with his audiences. His repertoire includes Western ballads, flamenco instrumentals and folk, pop and devotional songs. Much of what he plays are his own compositions.
Michael Grandé grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and served in the Marines. In 1969 he played at Woodstock where he was invited to become a member of Richie Havens' band. In addition to Richie Havens, Grandé has performed around the world with many well-known artists, including Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, José Feliciano and Van Morrison, just to name a few. Several years ago he moved to Cochise County, Arizona, where he and his wife raise Arabian horses on a ranch near Tombstone.
Grandé has appeared at major performance venues all over the world. In the United States these include Carnegie Hall, Tanglewood, Central Park, Phoenix's Desert Sky Pavilion and Country Thunder, where he received three standing ovations from a crowd of 250,000.
Grandé's CD's are: "Hey Friend," "Small
Things," "Especially For You and "Forever." Violinist David Kaemmer, who has appeared with
Grande at the Arizona Folklore Preserve,
is one of the people who accompany Grandé on
"Small Things" and "Especially For You."
who perform with Grandé on "Small Things" are Mike
Smith, pedal steel guitarist from the Gatlin
Brothers, and Les Lumley, percussionist from the Miles Davis Band. In addition to Kaemmer and Smith,
Tim West and P. deJardin join Grandé on "Especially for You."
Other artists who perform with Grandé on "Small Things" are Mike Smith, pedal steel guitarist from the Gatlin Brothers, and Les Lumley, percussionist from the Miles Davis Band. In addition to Kaemmer and Smith, Tim West and P. deJardin join Grandé on "Especially for You."His new CD "Forever" contains a mix of ballads and Grandé's virtuoso instrumentals.
The following is a review of Grandé's September 6, 2009, Folklore Preserve performance by Sierra Vista Herald columnist Richard Zoller.
Richard Zoller, "The Last Word," Sierra Vista Herald Tempo Magazine, September 10, 2009
Again, Grande is a guitar virtuoso
By Richard Zoller
When he sings it is almost always a song that he
has composed. His general style separates verses or parts of a song
with a passage of guitar music. These ad lib choruses are always
stimulating, harmonically involved, and executed with the scarcely
believable five-finger picking for which he is famous. Still, the
seemingly ad-lib passage leads seamlessly into he next vocal