Fiery anthems and tumultuous confessional songs punctuated with raw, inspired guitar.
Rich and glorious…Osborne possesses a voice that rises out of the darkness to the light of a soulful, tremulous wail. He is a consummate showman and shaman, bending successive moments to suit his majestic purposes. Osborne seeks an epic quality to much of his music, crafting layer upon layer of hugely scaled soundscapes.…never lazily derivative…every slashing guitar figure, every cry of a lyric, seems to come from an authentic place.
--New Orleans Times-Picayune
Between the potency of his richly detailed songwriting, his intensely emotional, soulful vocals and his piercing, expert guitar work, New Orleans’ Anders Osborne is a true musical treasure. He is among the most original and visionary musicians writing and performing today. Guitar Player calls him “the poet laureate of Louisiana’s fertile roots music scene.” New Orleans' Gambit Weekly recently honored Osborne as the Entertainer Of The Year. OffBeat named him the Crescent City’s Best Guitarist for the third year in a row, and the Best Songwriter for the second straight year. Osborne also won Song Of The Year for his composition, Louisiana Gold.
Since the release of his 2010 Alligator Records debut, American Patchwork, his 2012 follow-up, Black Eye Galaxy, and his critically acclaimed 2013 EP, Three Free Amigos, Osborne has earned hordes of new fans. He has toured virtually non-stop, either with his road-tested trio, as a solo artist, or as a guest with his countless musical admirers, including Toots and The Maytals, Stanton Moore, Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes, Keb Mo, The Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh and Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe. He’s appeared on Galactic’s Ya-Ka-May album, and in 2011 produced and played on critically acclaimed albums by Tab Benoit, Johnny Sansone and Mike Zito.
Now Osborne delivers the next chapter of his spiritual odyssey, Peace. With the new CD, Osborne continues the journey started by American Patchwork and Black Eye Galaxy, emerging from a whirlwind of emotional chaos and moving toward a sense of inner peace. Recorded at Dockside Studios in Louisiana and produced by Osborne and Warren Riker, Peace looks at the title subject from all angles. Drawing strength and inspiration from his family and friends, Osborne created the most observational record of his career. According to Osborne, “Peace is light from darkness. The songs are written from the outside looking in. They are not making any judgments. I’m just stating facts. I’m writing from a brighter perspective. There’s less dusk and dark, and much more sunlight. The results are greater than I expected. The driving tones and sounds are free and natural. This is one of the coolest records I’ve ever made.”
Since his recording debut in 1989, Osborne has written virtually all of his own material and contributed memorable songs to a wide variety of artists. Two tunes co-written by Osborne appear on Keb Mo’s Grammy-winning 1999 release Slow Down. Country superstar Tim McGraw scored a #1 hit with Anders’ song Watch The Wind Blow By. Osborne’s compositions have been covered by artists as diverse as Brad Paisley, Tab Benoit, Jonny Lang and Kim Carnes. His songs have appeared in multiple feature films. He can also be seen performing in an episode of HBO’s New Orleans-based drama, Treme
2015 is shaping up to be a monumental year for Philadelphia-based musician
Tom Hamilton, whose American Babies have returned to the studio to record
their latest LP; a follow-up to 2013’s Knives and Teeth.
Invigorated by a busy and exciting 2014 that found him on the road with a
number of touring acts, Hamilton can be considered “the hardest working
person in show business,” and looks forward to funneling that creative
energy into American Babies’ newest studio effort. “Everything that’s
happened since October 2013 has been surreal,” says Hamilton, “the
reception of Knives and Teeth was overwhelming. The tours throughout 2014
were all so fun and exciting. And then there were the incredible
opportunities that arose playing with Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Phil Lesh,
and Bill Kreutzmann, as well as reuniting with Clay Parnell on stage, which
all had a huge influence on the narrative of my year. I’m excited to lock
myself back in the studio and see how all of these events and new
experiences shape the next batch of songs.”
Although American Babies began as a side project for Tom Hamilton with a
rotating cast of musicians, the lineup has recently solidified to include
Hamilton’s longtime partner-in-crime bassist Clay Parnell (Particle,
Brothers Past), keyboardist Adam Flicker (The Brakes), drummer Al Smith,
and rhythm guitarist Justin Mazer. With American Babies, Hamilton has
turned his focus to songwriting and crafting lyrics that share tales of
trials and tribulations ranging from working class hard truths and
political chaos to personal relationships gone sour.
Fearlessly blending a passion for songwriting with the electronica-based
improv rock that Hamilton and Parnell developed with Brothers Past,
American Babies are pioneering a new sound — fusing serious songs with an
open-ended sense of adventure that encourages full-group improvisation in
the live setting.