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Anders Osborne Mesmerizes City Winery NY with Soulful Blues and Rock Magic

Photo: Ehud Lazin

On a warm May evening, the intimate setting of City Winery NY was transformed into a haven of soulful blues and rock, courtesy of the ever-enigmatic Anders Osborne. The Swedish-born, New Orleans-based musician delivered a performance that was as emotionally charged as it was musically masterful, reaffirming his place as a stalwart of the contemporary blues scene.

Anders Osborne's journey from his birthplace in Uddevalla, Sweden, to the heart of the New Orleans music scene is a story of passion, perseverance, and undeniable talent. Since relocating to the U.S. in the 1980s, Osborne has carved out a niche with his evocative songwriting and virtuosic guitar work. His discography, rich with deeply personal narratives and a fusion of blues, rock, and roots, has garnered him critical acclaim and a devoted fan base.

The night began with "Returning to My Bones," setting the tone with its haunting melody and introspective lyrics. The audience was immediately drawn into Osborne's world, a place where every note tells a story and every lyric resonates with raw emotion.

"Jacksonville to Wichita" followed, a track that highlighted Osborne's ability to blend narrative storytelling with intricate guitar riffs. The transition to "Dark Decatur Love" showcased his versatility, moving effortlessly from gritty blues to soulful balladry.

"Coming Down" and "Bewildered" were standout moments, each song delving into themes of struggle and redemption. Osborne’s vocal delivery was both powerful and poignant, conveying a depth of feeling that left the audience spellbound.

The mid-set inclusion of "47" and "Buddha and the Blues" added a layer of introspection, with Osborne reflecting on life's trials and the search for meaning. "Fools Gold" brought a burst of energy, its driving rhythm and searing guitar solos igniting the room.

Photos: Ehud Lazin

As the night progressed, "Different Drum" and "On the Road to Charlie Parker" demonstrated Osborne's knack for blending genres, seamlessly integrating elements of rock, blues, and jazz. The reflective "Life Don't Last That Long" served as a somber reminder of the fleeting nature of life, delivered with heartfelt sincerity.

The set culminated in a crescendo with "Flower Box" and "Summertime in New Orleans," two tracks that encapsulate Osborne's unique blend of Southern charm and musical prowess. The audience was transported to the streets of New Orleans, feeling the vibrancy and soul of the city through Osborne's evocative performance.

The encore began with "Got Your Heart," a tender ballad that showcased Osborne’s lyrical depth and emotive vocal range. The night concluded with "Marmalade," a rousing finale that left the audience in awe of Osborne's talent and yearning for more.

Anders Osborne's performance at City Winery NY was a masterclass in musical storytelling. His ability to convey deep emotion through his music, combined with his exceptional guitar skills, made for a night that was both intimate and powerful. Osborne’s connection with his audience was palpable, creating a shared experience that left a lasting impression.




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