“Raging, expressive guitar and soulful singing...from scorched-earth rock to sweet, tender ballads.” –Relix
“Anders Osborne is a triple threat as a singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist. He can play the gutbucket bluesman and hot guitar slinger, and he can play the sensitive, soulful singer/songwriter, and he’s excellent at both. Mastering either genre puts you in select company. Mastering both is mind-bogglingly great.” –Paste
“Anders Osborne blows my mind. His singing is so great; his guitar playing is so intense. He’s my favorite guy out there these days.” –Luther Dickinson, North Mississippi Allstars
Between the sheer force and potent lyricism of his guitar playing, the riveting depth of his songwriting and the straight-from-the-soul conviction of his vocals, New Orleans’ Osborne is among the most original and visionary musicians writing and performing today. OffBeat magazine recently named Osborne the Crescent City's Best Guitarist for the second straight year, and also awarded him with the Best Roots Rock Artist title.
Recorded at the famed Dockside Studio in Maurice, Louisiana, his latest CD, Black Eye Galaxy was produced by Anders along with engineer Warren Riker and Galactic's Stanton Moore. Sounds on the album range from heavy electric mayhem to joyous acoustic melodicism, lyrics move from the darkest depths to the healing power of love. The title is an unambiguous metaphor for Osborne's life as a traveler, a musician, an immigrant, a recovering addict, and as a husband and father. Black Eye Galaxy is a harrowing but ultimately uplifting cycle of richly detailed songs that are musically and lyrically thought-provoking, exhilarating and completely engaging.
Since 1989, Osborne has released ten albums to great critical and popular acclaim. He's written virtually all of his own material and contributed memorable songs to a wide variety of other artists. Two tunes co-written by Osborne appear on blues great 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. He wrote and recorded the title track for the 2010 Kate Hudson film Earthbound, and can also be seen performing in a recent episode of HBO's New Orleans-based drama, Treme.
Since the release of his 2010 Alligator Records debut, American Patchwork, Osborne has toured virtually non-stop, performing with his own band, solo with Keb Mo, with The Stanton Moore Trio, alongside Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, with Luther Dickinson as well as with The Voice Of The Wetlands All-Stars. In 2011 Osborne produced and played on critically acclaimed albums by Tab Benoit, Johnny Sansone and Mike Zito. The previous year he appeared on the track Dark Water from Galactic's Ya-Ka-May album.
In the studio and in concert, Anders Osborne channels the music throughout his entire body, becoming a whirling dervish of pure energy. Paste says, "Anders Osborne is a triple threat as a singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist. He can play the hot guitar slinger, and he can play the sensitive, soulful singer/songwriter, and he's excellent at both. Mastering either genre puts you in select company. Mastering both is mind-bogglingly great."
"Don't miss the opportunity to be inspired" is Billy Iuso's mission. His musicianship and abilities have a certain polish and maturity that only a self-taught guitar player can posses. Three decades after honing his skills, he is widely known for his funk-driven jam sound with Brides of Jesus and The Restless Natives.
Billy was influenced by great music which prompted him to form his first band at the age of 17. The experience provided a working stage for him to hone is skills of both covers and original works.
Iuso formed the Brides of Jesus in the early nineties and the band gained much notoriety and success in the jam band scene. They played opening week at Wetlands NYC, the first club dedicated to the Jam Band scene, alongside artists such as Blues Traveler and Spin Doctors. Brides of Jesus opened for major acts such as the Dave Matthews Band, Widespread Panic and George Clinton. The band toured and performed together for a decade, with three major album releases, and throughout the lively touring schedule Billy became familiar with the band The Meters, who introduced him to his current home in New Orleans where he has lived since 1996.
Billy Iuso and the Restless Natives formed in New Orleans in 2002 . They perform an eclectic mix of original songs and covers and are continually one of the city's top jam/funk bands performing at many festivals and clubs in New Orleans and across the United States.
Recently, Iuso has kept a very busy schedule touring and playing guitar with The Wild Magnolias Mardi Gras Indians and Anders Osborne's Band, along with The Restless Natives. He is also producing the Wild Magnolia's current album, that prominently features the legendary Bo Dollis, Sr.
Iuso is frequently part of New Orleans cultural events such as French Quarter Fest and JazzFest, many benefit concerts and other live events. In August of 2011, Offbeat Magazine said: "In an era of music when imitation is as important as innovation, Billy Iuso shows his ability to do both while maintaining a sound that has developed a solid identity within New Orleans music."