Welcome to CrossCut Records,
one of Europe's leading blues & roots labels
Otis Clay * February 11, 1942 – January 8, 2016 R.I.P
Legendary Soul, Blues, and R&B singer Otis Clay died Friday evening January 8, 2016 of a heart attack. He was, as you know, a great man, mentor, teacher, humanitarian, historian, and an incredible friend.
Our hearts are broken…
It with the saddest tears that we remember the life of Otis Clay. Born in Waxhaw, Mississippi, in 1942, Clay followed the Great Migration north first to Muncie Indiana in 1953, and ultimately Chicago in 1956. It was there he joined many of the city’s Gospel groups until he began his secular singing career in 1962. Clay signed with One-derful! Records and recorded “A Flame In Your Heart” in 1965.
After a stint with Cotillion Records, Clay landed in Memphis with Hi Records from 1971-74 and with Willie Mitchell at the helm, recorded that label’s most iconic soul tunes. His biggest hit, “Trying To Live My Life Without You,” was followed with Clay classics, “If I Could Reach Out” and “I Die A Little Each Day.” Clay moved to many other labels including Rounder, Blind Pig, CrossCut, Catfood, Echo, and others.
Throughout the years, he has been a featured vocalist on many records from the Bo-Keys, Johnny Rawls, Magic Slim, Eddy Clearwater, Billy Price, Tad Robinson, Rico McFarland, and Dave Specter. In 2013, Otis Clay was inducted into the Blues Hall Of Fame.
Nobody grabbed an audience or individual like Otis. Off the stage, Clay was the absolute gentleman. He listened to all with the same heart and soul that he delivered his songs. Once touched by this man, a lifelong friendship would ensue. We will certainly cry a little each day with this giant taken away.
The collaboration with the South Africa-born musician already started in 2013 – with a duet with Michael Arlt on the Album 'Come Along'.
The mightily rocking “How Long” opens proceedings with Lemar Carter’s crashing drumbeat and Calvin Turner’s thumping bass backing Smith’s aggressive vocals and fiery lead guitar.
(…) this album of mainly rocking blues which has enough quality to appeal to the blues lovers and the rockers. …read more
Blues Matters Magazine #83
CrossCut Records in 'Blues Matters! Writer’s Poll 2014'
A fantastic follow-up to 'Come Along' (…). In fifteen songs, fourteen originals and one cover, they prove once again that they’re the ‘CEO’s’ – Crowd Excitement Officers – of big-band blues and blues rock …read more
Blues Blast Magazine
Een van de beste blues-en rockpianisten van de laatste decennia levert met deze “Back To The Woods” opnieuw een uitstekende cd af, die de pioniers van de bluespiano terecht nog eens in het voetlicht plaats. ..read more
In January 2010, The Blues Foundation presented the Keeping The Blues Alive Award to CrossCut Records and the company's founder, Detlev Hoegen.
The world's largest blues organisation from Memphis, Tennessee, each year presents this Award to individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the Blues world.
Other KBA Award recipients in the record label category are: Alligator, Blind Pig, Delmark, Delta Groove, M.C. Records, Northern Blues, Ruf Records, and Tone-Cool.
Finetunes has released most CrossCut albums for digital download.
- a division of Bear Family Records GmbH
In 2004 Bear Family and CrossCut merged their mailorder branches.
CrossCut Records' customers may order blues items directly from the Bear Family Records onlineshop.
Please visit the CrossCut Mailorder site now, for brand new releases and limited-time special offers!
CrossCut Mailorder – a division of Bear Family Records GmbH
|Telephone||+49 (4748) 8216-55|
|Fax||+49 (4748) 8216-59|