I met Phil back in 2004 when he was working at Guitar Center in Commack NY. I was browsing the guitars on the rack and Phil came over and asked if I needed any help. Of course, I told him I was ok and I was just browsing. He directed my attention to a nice Les Paul that just came in. “You know this is a great sounding Paul” He said as he plugged it into an amp. Once he started to play, my jaw hit the floor. There was something about his playing that was special and unique. There was a special sense of phrasing he had that you don’t get from the weekend warrior network or working at Guitar Center. From that day forward Phil and I became friends.
He had come over one day to my studio with two disks worth of material that he had recorded either by himself or with Double Trouble (Stevie Ray Vaughn’s Rhythm Section!). He wanted to know if I could master then for him and help him put together his first solo CD. Of course I jumped at the chance. I think the resulting CD “Some Kind Of Hurricane” was way ahead of it’s time! Phil was a great musician, songwriter and friends and he will be missed.
Phil Grande was a noted NYC session and touring guitarist.
Phil has also recorded and/or toured with Stevie Ray Vaughn, Blue Oyster Cult, Dan Hartman, Ellen Foley, Michael Monroe (of Hanoi Rocks), Peter Chriss (of Kiss), TM Stevens, Gary U.S. Bonds, Belinda Carlisle, Patti Smyth and Scandal, Charlie Midnight and Francesca Beghe.
Phil Grande started working as a studio musician in NY in 1982 and got his big break in 1987 , when classic rock legend Joe Cocker recognized his talent and hired him as a guitarist on the record Unchain My Heart (with associated title track hit). He worked with Joe Cocker from 1987 to 1993, touring and recording many of his hits from that era. These include six world tours with Joe Cocker, and several albums including “Unchain My Heart,” “One Night of Sin,” “When the Night Comes,” “Joe Cocker Live,” “Night Calls,” and “Two Rooms” (Elton John tribute).
While he was with Cocker, Grande also explored his more rocky side on the New York club scene. He became a close friend of singer Michael Monroe and joined in 1987 with his band Secret Chiefs . Phil Grande played guitar on Monroe’s first solo album Nights Are So Long . Grande also participated in Monroe’s most successful solo album Not Fakin ‘It (including Kenny Aaronson , Ian Hunter and Thommy Price ) and toured with Michael after the piano tramp Jerusalem Slim 1992 . He also helped Monroe write many of his songs.
1992, Grande joined the blues guitarist Bo Weevil’s blues band Vitamin Blue and acted as a mentor for the young guitarist, who in 2003 released his first album. In 2005 Phil once again teamed up with another young guitar player John Pagano who became part of his band while he mentored him in the guitar and songwriting. John Released his first solo CD “Die Happy” under the name JPBlues. This release had several Phil Grande compositions on it. It was also in 2005 Phil Released his first solo release “Some Kind of Hurricane” which he recorded over the years either completely performed by himself and with “Double Trouble” as the backing band! This was mastered at Midnight Circus Productions!
During the 1990s and 2000s. Grande has mainly played in smaller blues circles, but has also borrowed his guitar for artists such as Peter Criss , Joe Bonamassa , Belinda Carlisle (on the album A Woman & A Man , where Per Gessle also plays), Bertie Higgins , Blue Öyster Cult and Southside Johnny . In the 21st century, he also founded the band life.com together with Kenny Aaronson and Tommy Mandel . The jazz / rock band is part of the charity program The Miracle of Music, which supports foster children, children with special needs and poor children in the United States . They released the record Beautiful in 2000 , the entire purchase price of which goes in full to the organization.
|Joe Cocker – Greatest Hits||EMI, EMI Electrola||1998|
|Perfect Water (as Phil and 2 more…T.M. Stevens – Radioactive (CD, Album)||Victor||VICP-60600||1999|
|Now That The Magic Has Gone and 2 more…Joe Cocker – Ultimate Collection||Hip-O Records, A&M Records||2004|
|Now That The Magic Has Gone and 3 more…Joe Cocker – Gold||Hip-O Records, Chronicles, UMe||2006|
Writing & Arrangement
|Thrill Me and 3 more…Michael Monroe – Not Fakin’ It||Vertigo||1989|
|Shakedown and 1 more…Michael Monroe – Dead Jail Or Rock ‘N’ Roll||Mercury||1989|
|Man With No Eyes Michael Monroe – Man With No Eyes||Vertigo||1989|
|Life By The Hour T.M. Stevens – Out Of Control (6) – Sticky Wicked (CD, Album)||Polystar||PSCW-5370||1996|
|Perfect Water T.M. Stevens – Radioactive (CD, Album)||Victor||VICP-60600||1999|
|Michael Monroe – Dead Jail Or Rock ‘N’ Roll (12″, Ltd)||Vertigo, Phonogram||VERXP 45, 876 529-1||1989|