Anders Osborne (from the album Buddha and the Blues available on Back on Dumaine Records)
Optimism pushes the pen on Buddha and the Blues, the recent release from New Orleans, Louisiana-based songman, Anders Osborne. The album title deals in duality, erasing the space between simple joys (“Traveling with Friends”) and out-of-reach goals (“Aching for Your Love”) as Buddha and the Blues backs its stories with the branded Blues of Anders Osborne’s guitar. Producer Chad Cromwell used Anders Osborne as an export from the Crescent City, bringing the man, his guitar, and his songs to the West Coast, recording Buddha and the Blues at Brethren Studio. A-List SoCal players such as Waddy Watchel-guitar (Stevie Nicks, The X-pensive Winos with Keith Richards, Warren Zevon) and Benmont Tench-keyboards (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) takes seats in with a stellar cast backed by the beat of producer Cromwell (Mark Knopfler, Bod Dylan, Neil Young) on drums.
The breezy texture of California Country touches the tunes, particularly when Anders Osborne tags the environment with “Fields of Honey” and strums easy chords to gently tap tenderness into the mental movie screening of “The One I Love”. While the mighty Pacific pulls on the guitar of Anders Osborne, the thick current of the Mississippi River guides the currents on Buddha and the Blues as he scribes snippets of texts to scatter on the constant rhythmic motion of the title track. Anders Osborne has trouble with translation when guitar chords crunch loudly like pork cracklins in “Smoke and Mirrors” while he searches for “Escape” on a frenetic beat and revolves in the circular rotation of the melody as it sets the pace for “Running”.
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