He plays guitar like a man possessed, and that’s because he is. Since Anders Osborne landed in New Orleans after a youthful, global odyssey from his native Sweden, he has channeled the musty city’s music. He dove in, feet first, and has never forsaken it no matter his struggles. His guitar playing is fierce and tender, and knows light and dark within a single phrase.
The reason Anders Osborne plays at this festival so often is because we – you, me, everyone who works at, attends, gets wet and cold and sunburned and collectively makes this festival happen – we need Anders. This Everyman of the polyethnic delta that is the Crescent City seems to always strike the perfect chord. His music speaks to us directly, with passion and commitment.
His latest release on Alligator Records is called Peace and is truly a record for these times. As he explains, “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.”