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Driven By a Sound

by Michael Osborn and the Drivers

Electric Blues with a retro arrangements. Infuenced by BB King, Hubert Sumlin, Albert King, Little Walter, Bo Diddley; guitar, harmonica, bass and drums, with horns on one tune.
Genre: Blues: Chicago Style
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  Song Share Time Download
1. When I Listen to the Blues
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2. Retirement Blues
3:50 $0.99
3. Live Wire
5:00 $0.99
4. I've Been Daydreamin'
5:42 $0.99
5. Through With You
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Album Notes
Driven By A Sound opens with a searing guitar line that is punctuated by harmonica and a full horn section as Osborn, Jackson and Mathis trade vocals and harmonize together on “When I Listen To The Blues.” The horns are sharp, tight and really bring an attraction that draws you into the music from the get go. Osborn’s guitar playing is terrific and tasteful, especially on the solo, working to perfection alongside the horns and the regular band. The horns were arranged masterfully by trumpet player Joe McCarthy and include Portland greats Brad Ulrich and Chris Mercer (who has played with practically the definitive who’s who in the music business world wide) on sax.

Dave Mathis displays his brilliance on the tin biscuit on his own composition “Retirement Blues” as he explains “growing old isn’t easy, it’s so hard to adjust, one day you’re working steady, the next you’re collecting dust.” “Live Wire” is an instrumental focusing wholly on the stringing of Osborn with a walking pattern rhythm section. Both stinging and ultra-pleasing, this is dynamic blues guitar at its best. “I’ve Been Daydreamin’” takes us to those thoughts of wishing for a better life and wondering if it’ll be our time to get ahead. The band takes a Bo Diddley approach to close the disc with “Through With You.” John Moore’s drums carries this number with a harp solo offered by Mathis, who also leads the vocals. Not to be outdone, Osborn carries the track with another sensational guitar solo.

Driven By A Sound is exactly the type of recording you would expect from Michael Osborn & The Drivers. It is blues done just right. The only drawback is it leaves you wanting to hear more. Five songs is just getting my appetite wet. Hope that there is more coming down the road soon. But in the meantime, yes, yes, yes, this is some mighty fine guitar blues, absolutely driven by a sound. And a fine one at that.
~Greg Johnson, Cascade Blues Association, Blues Notes

Michael Osborn was John Lee Hooker’s lead guitarist for 13 years. After his stint with Mr. Hooker, one of Michael’s songs, “Spellbound”, was featured on John Lee’s 1998 Grammy Award winner for Best Traditional Blues recording, “Don’t Look Back”! Michael has also backed, recorded with, or played with such musical luminaries as Robben Ford (Michael has a song credit on Robben’s “Blue Moon” release), Willie Dixon, Mark Ford, John Hammond, Bonnie Raitt, The Charles Ford Band, Elvin Bishop, Buddy Miles, Charlie Musselwhite, James Cotton, Albert Collins, Jimmy Witherspoon, Johnnie Johnson, Brownie McGee, Duke Jethro, Garth Webber, Patrick Ford, Chris Cain, Vala Cupp, Ken Emerson, Sugar Blue, Jimmy Thackery, Gary Smith, Mark Werner, Frankie Lee, Robert Cray, Guitar Shorty, David Raitt, Marc Hansen, DK Stewart, Bruce Kaphan, Curtis Salgado, Bill Rhoades, Sista Monica, Annie Sampson and so many others. Mike presently resides in the Portland, Oregon area and has been nominated three times by the Cascade Blues Association for best blues guitarist and once for blues best recording for his CD release of “Touch Tone.” As a member of Bill Rhoades and the Party Kings, he taken home 7 awards for best traditional blues band and was inducted into the CBA Hall of Fame as a member of that band!

“Michael Osborn is one of the most authentic blues guitarists around today. His style goes straight to the heart of the blues and he’ll steal your show if you don’t watch out!” ~ Robben Ford

K.G. Jackson, bass and vocals, has 25 years of professional experience and has been playing music in the Northwest since 1990. In 1997 his band “K.G. Jackson and Shakin’ Ground” was a Cascade Blues Association Muddy Award nominee for Best New Act. In 2006 he did a short stint in the band “Double Deuces” which was then nominated for Best New Act. He was also nominated in 2006 by the Cascade Blues Association for Best Vocalist, in a final field of three that included Curtis Salgado. He has the ability to give a song what it asks for, what it needs, while at the same time putting his own indelible stamp on it making it his own. K.G. is also a prolific songwriter and writes many of the songs the band performs. These first class compositions are among the many things that set this combo apart from others in their field.

Dave Mathis, harmonica and vocals, has long been a Portland mainstay of the blues with 30 years of professional experience. Dave has most recently fronted “The Blues Police” with Steve Cameron. He also had a long stint playing with Kelly Jo Phelps and is featured on Kelly’s recording entitled “Traditional Blues” as well as one cut on “Shine Eyed Mister Zen”. Dave is also a two-time Cascade Blues Association Muddy Award Winner in the Traditional Blues Act category with the band “Sheila and Backwater Blues” for the years of 1996 & 1997. Dave is often a featured artist at Bill Rhoades’ yearly “Harmonica Blow-Off” which brings together the best harmonica talent the Northwest has to offer. Dave can blaze on the harmonica or play sweet and low with the best of them, and he is also a heartfelt true blues singer.

John Moore, drums, has been a mainstay of the Portland/Eugene Blues scene for more than 20 years. He has backed Albert Collins, William Clarke, Bill Rhoades and even George Harrison! He is the heartbeat of the band!



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