Photo Focus: Anders Osborne:: ‘Peace’ and New Glasses
By Louise Uznanski for OnTapBlog
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At the start of his solo acoustic set at World Cafe Live, New Orleans blues singer/songwriter Anders Osborne announced he would run through the entire new album Peace, and then go from there. Also announced was his return to touring after a three week hiatus. AND, he bought new glasses. They’re really sharp and go well with Anders’ newly cropped hair. He didn’t mention the haircut. I’m sure it was an oversight.
The strength and tone of Mr. Osborne’s voice may have surprised some, but the strength of his guitar play surprised none. The audience was packed tightly around the stage, and for good reason. All hoped to catch a glimpse of those fingers caressing the guitar strings. Like the capacity crowd, we were captivated by the performance and found ourselves spontaneously rocking to and fro with the music. Couldn’t get enough of it.
The songs from the new CD all came with a story. From surviving Katrina (“Five Bullets”) to reevaluating life after a certain age (“47”), Anders made the songs and the stories real. He talked about his wife, Sarah, and his daughter, Rose. He ran through the album songs as promised. “Peace”, “Let It Go”, “Windows”, “Sentimental Times”,”Dream Girl” and “Brush Up Against Me” rained down on the stage, a stage that seemed too small to contain the emotion and intimacy of his performance. The remainder of the show was devoted to familiar tunes and a little harp, but it was those first songs that warmed up his rusty pipes and reintroduced his fingers to the strings, much to the delight of a devoted crowd.
We know that Anders Osborne is a jam king with a full band, but this solo acoustic performance was a warm and wonderful introduction to the multi-talented performer. Next time he comes to town and brings that jam band, we’ll make the comparison. We think it’s going to be hard to pick a winner.