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Who'd have thought a Swede raised on an island in the Baltic, not a single drop of African blood in his veins, would emerge as one of the leading exponents of R&B and blues in New Orleans? Unlike many musicians from elsewhere who've staked out turf there, Osborne stays true to his own musical conceits, rather than mimic the storied local tradition. On his sixth and probably best album, he wrestles sincere feeling from every note he sings and every blue note he plays on guitars, no matter if his technical skills aren't commanding. In his favor, too, the program is filled with sturdy, original slow blues and medium-tempo blues-rock songs. The one stinker is the trad-jazz-flavored "Life Is Strange." Guests: Jonny Lang and Keb' Mo'. Secret weapon: Kirk Joseph, playing bass lines on sousaphone. --Frank-John Hadley

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  • Audio CD (March 13, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Shanachie
  • ASIN: B000059LEP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,861 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lee Armstrong HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on May 18, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Anders Osborne gives another great CD with Ash Wednesday Blues. His recordings are impressively consistent with variety and quality. "Stoned, Drunk & Naked" starts off as a hot rocker. "Ho-Di-Ko-Di-Ya-La-Ma-La" is a "set my a*s on fire" party time that sounds like updated ragtime. "Every Bit of Love" slows the tempo with a bluesy acoustic arrangement with saxophone and guitar. Keb' Mo' joins in on banjo and background vocals on "Stuck On My Baby." I enjoyed the lyric, "like a diamond in a silver mine." My favorite track is "Snake Bit," an infectious blues where Anders sings, "trouble doesn't always win in the end." Anders shows good variety with the next few songs. We kind of shuffle and skip through "Soul Livin'." "Me & Lola" is a sax ballad. "Kingdom Come" boogies. "Life is Strange" is slow and mournful. Percussion with drum and bass propels "Aim Way High." "Improvise" is uptempo with a great joyful lyric, "got to let the good things ride." The CD closes with two beautiful ballads. The title track sings about those who are "full of themselves, but no heart." "Through & Through" is a pure love song. It ends with two spoken lines: Anders, I believe, sighs, "That was sweet." Keb' Mo' who played guitar laughs, "Now you can get laid." This CD has great spirit, good songwriting, and is a lot of fun. Check it out!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dina Glardon on March 16, 2001
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Ash Wednesday Blues is an important addition to the blues music world. Osborne Anders is a headliner at the New Orleans Blues Festival and this man can sing the blues. He first caught my attention during an interview on public radio. Anders belongs in New Orleans right up with the best of them and he has a wonderful attitude towards his music and the great musicians that he plays with. Don't miss this one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 1, 2001
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In recent years Anders Osborne weathered a bad substance abuse problem and split with his longtime lady/collaborator Theresa Anderson. That was the subject of his last CD, Living Room. This one finds him clean and sober (despite the title of the first song), newly married and damned glad to be alive. You can hear in his singing and guitar work that this is not a work of fiction. There are elements of Van Morrison, Lowell George and fellow Louisianan Sonny Landreth, but Osborne has developed his own distinctive style. Don't miss this one.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David Yeates on March 15, 2001
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Anders keeps thrilling local Lousiana audiences with his great voice and guitar in live shows from Jazz Fest to all the best local New Orleans clubs. And this new disc keeps the fire burning on his collective recorded output...another disc that will please New Orleans music, roots rock, blues and R and B fans alike...great guitar, vocals, songwriting, and thoughful production from Leon Medica. After surviving the demons of overindulgence several years back, Anders has reformed his life and vision in a positive and intelligent manner that is evident throughout "Ash Wednesday Blues."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W. Bulk on May 27, 2005
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Ash Wednesday Blues is one of my personal top five albums of all time. Each song transends you to New Orleans through raw drum beats, saxaphone licks and unbelievable slide guitar. I was lucky enough to see Anders in Raleigh a couple of years ago and was blown away. He's yet to come back, but you better believe I check every month to see if he's touring. If you have the chance to pick up this album or even see him live, I highly recommend you doing so.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Yeates on March 15, 2001
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Anders keeps thrilling local Lousiana audiences with his great voice and guitar in live shows from Jazz Fest to all the best local New Orleans clubs. And this new disc keeps the fire burning on his collective recorded output...another disc that will please New Orleans music, roots rock, blues and R and B fans alike...great guitar, vocals, songwriting, and thoughful production from Leon Medica. After surviving the demons of overindulgence several years back, Anders has reformed his life and vision in a positive and intelligent manner that is evident throughout "Ash Wednesday Blues."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 10, 2002
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Just phenomenal. From the lowest of the lows to the much more numerous highs on this album, Anders communicates exceptionally.
I would recommend to anyone and challenge anyone to listen to this twice and you are hooked!
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By To The Max"Bax" on January 12, 2013
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I just received my first CD from Amazon by Anders Osborne Break the Chain and played it hard Friday night while enjoying a semi-sweet Frontenac Red Wine by Richibucto River Winery, excellent on both counts, wine and tunes.

Ander's has a smooth southern Cajun flow to his blues, similar to Little Feat Representing the Mambo tuned down a mite as his band is way smaller than the Feat's. Very powerful, intricate and definitely soulful at times, this 2001 release is a great addition to anyone's collection.

14 well balanced tunes, well written, soaked in emotion,makes this CD a keeper. Interesting lyrics, great stories, well rounded topics sometimes very applicable to all of our lives, because they are very personal in nature.

Anders is a force to be reckoned with, this Swedish transplanted New Orlean's favorite son is fast becoming one of my favorites. His chameleon vocal styles makes him very interesting and never boring. The man has a fair bit of music out there so I guess my wish list is going to become greatly expanded in the near future.

It is always great to uncover new artists that have been around for a while, with great histories behind them and equally great stories to share with us all.

Anders music for this CD as well as others can be heard on You Tube. Amazon carries a great selection of his music. Enjoy Anders Osborne.
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