Anders Osborne / Pete Kanaras & Lil' Ronnie / Pat O'Shea
Pelham Entertainment presents:
The Pete Kanaras/Lil' Ronnie Blues Band
Grammy Nominated Songwriter and Recording Artist, Anders Osborne was born in Uddevalla, Sweden, and raised on Gotland Island in the Baltic Sea, Anders Osborne began his musical education by listening to his father, a professional pop and jazz drummer who toured the same German club circuit as the Beatles. Osborne cut his musical teeth playing drums, but soon switched to guitar. By 16, his wanderlust led him to travel across Europe, into Africa, and the Middle East. Eventually, he wound up in United States, where he lived for brief periods in New York, New Orleans, and California. Then it was on to Southeast Asia before a return trip to America, which led him back to New Orleans, where he's lived now for more than 20 years.
New York-based singer, songwriter and guitarist Pat OShea is well acquainted with the national blues scene. Before deciding to take some time off, OShea worked frequently with some of the biggest stars of the genre, including the Howlin' Wolf alum Hubert Sumlin and international blues staple Joe Louis Walker, and toured with musicians like Virginias hard working Lil Ronnie, the great Philly harp master Steve Guyger, and the legendary Levon Helm, with whom he played for years as lead guitarist in cities all across North America. Looking back on these important years, OShea is grateful. I was lucky, he said. I got to learn from some of the greats. I played Sitting on Top of the World and Hidden Charms with Hubert a bunch of times. I backed [James] Cotton a half dozen times. Not everybody has that pleasure.
After spending most of his adult life devoted to studying and playing traditional Chicago blues, OShea was at first a bit surprised and even a little uneasy when he unexpectedly found his music leading him in a different direction. All I ever wanted to do was to play real blues, play it well, play it right, he said. Then, out of nowhere, I found myself writing these songs that were basically rock songs, straight up rock songs. I didnt know where they were coming from and, to be honest, it kind of confused me. This confusion didnt last long. OShea soon embraced the change, letting his music lead him to the next stage of his musical career. I grew up in the 80s and, as a teenager, I found myself listening to many types of music. Mostly, though, I was drawn to the Minneapolis punk scene, such great stuff, The Replacements, Husker Du. I remember Bob Moulds music affecting me then as much as Little Walters did later in my life.
And now the 39 year old is back, after a four year hiatus, working on his debut album due out later this year and affecting others through his songwriting, playing his new music with a new band and a renewed sense of purpose. Im just trying to make good music, OShea reflected, be it my own or somebody elses.
The Quarter @ Bourbon Street Ballroom
316 Guilford Ave
Baltimore, MD 21202
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