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Anders Osborne and Communicating the Incommunicatable

Posted in: Reviews by Tom Beaudoin on December 15, 2013

Last night in New York City at Brooklyn Bowl, I saw guitar guru Anders Osborne and his band perform for a New Orleans-rockish, groove-heavy, guitar-blistering 2-hour set. I had never heard of Mr. Osborne’s music, but a friend turned me on to his status and accomplishments among the lick-heavy jam-band blues-loving crowd. Think of an overlap between Phish and Black Crowes fans.

One of my favorite tunes from the night was the heavier song “5 Bullets.” Here is the track:

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Here is Mr. Osborne live with “Burning on the Inside”:

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As I watched him play, I was taken by his ability to show through his bodily stances the sounds of his guitar and the feelings/meanings those sounds harbor, letting himself be taken away especially by the experience of resolving chords, so that as he thrummed a chord at the end of a phrase, his arms

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