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Bet on the Blues Limited Edition

by Paul Oscher

Roots music from the heart from this multiple WC Handy Blues Music Award Winner and former member of the Muddy Waters Blues Band. Oscher sings - plays Harmonica, Bass Harmonica, Piano and Guitar
Genre: Blues: Chicago Style
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2. Round Midnight (rough)
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8. Bet on the Blues (rough) Explicit Language
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10. Jesus, won't you come by here (rough)
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14. Liza Jane God's Unchanging Hand (rough)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
At one time, Paul Oscher was probably best known for breaking the race barrier to become the first white member of Muddy Waters's regular band. Today, although he keeps a relatively low profile - he is acknowledged by cognoscenti, and by anyone within earshot, as one of the deepest and most talented active blues artists today. His latest album, “Bet On The Blues”, includes 15 "rough" versions of songs recorded live and in the studio that speak to Oscher's thorough mastery of the blues and spiritual idioms. Spirituals from the catalogs of Mississippi John Hurt, Lightnin' Hopkins, and the Carter Family enrich a set of blues that draws on Freddie King ("Slideaway") and J.B. Lenoir (the haunting "What Have I Done"). Not surprisingly given Oscher's personal
history, the playlist is concentrated on songs by Muddy Waters ("Sad Sad Day"and "Rock Me") and his circle: Little Walter's "Mean Ole World" and 'Juke," and a loose limbed reading of George "Harmonica"
Smith's "Blues ln The Dark." The'50s Chicago school likewise informs Oscher's originals, with "lda Mae" strongly in the early Muddy Waters style, and the harrowing, minor-ish "Robin Lee" in the vein of strongly Delta-influenced early electric blues by such artists as Waters and Floyd Jones. Oscher steps away from his core sound just twice, first covering Big Joe Turner, whose "Wee Baby Biues,' finds Oscher rolling the ivories Kansas City style, a la Pete Johnson,
then performing a stunning take on "Round Midnight,', stating the theme on bass harmonica before singing over the spare backing of Kid Andersen’s upright
bass and Willie Smith’s brushes, and soloing on a standard harp.
The title cut, a spoken piece in which Oscher reminisces about Little Walter, is nearly worth the price of admission. Further, it is apparent that Oscher has internalized this music effectively as evidenced by his vocals. His harmonica playing is beautifully relaxed and refreshingly improvisational, and his guitar
work is expert - subdued when accompanying his vocal or harp, raw and savage when it is center stage. Real blues fans will treasure Bet On The Blues.
-Tom Hyslop
BLUES REVUE MAGAZINE

Fifteen Tracks Of Low-Down Blues, Gospel And Jazz From This Former Muddy Waters Blues Band Member And Multiple Blues Music Award Winner.
This Work Features Paul On Vocals, Bass Harp, Neck-Racked (Diatonic And Chromatic) Harmonicas, Guitar And Piano In Solo, Trio And Quartet Settings
The Title Track “Bet On The Blues” Is A Great Story About Paul Meeting Little Walter For The First And Playing Three Card Monte With Him (Contains Explicit Language)
Oscher Ventures Out Of The Blues Box To Perform A Stunning Bass Harp Rendition Of The Jazz Classic Round Midnight.
When I First Heard The Gospel Song Jesus, Won’t You Come By Here I Was Humming It For A Week
This Album Is Deep Roots Music Played From The Heart By A Living Master Of The Genre

Tracks:
1 Wee Baby Blues
2. Round Midnight
3. Robin Lee
4.Slideaway (after Hide Away)
5,What have I done
6. Juke
7. Ida Mae
8. Bet on the Blues (Narrative)
9. Mean Old World
10. Jesus, won't you come by here
11.Rock Me
12. Sad Sad Day
13. Blues in the Dark
14. Lisa Jane/ God's Unchanging Hand
15. River of Jordan

Personel :
Paul Oscher –All Vocals, Harmonica (bass, Chromatic and Diatonic) , Guitar and (Piano on Track 1)
Biff Scarborough - Back Up Vocal Track 10
Willie “Big Eyes” Smith -Drums track 2,3,4,7,10,11,13
Per Hansen - Drums Track 9
Kid Andersen - Upright Bass Track 2,3,4,10
Johnny “Ace” Acerno -Electric Bass Track 9, 11
Bob Welsh Piano Track 4

PRODUCED BY PAUL OSCHER AND LOUIS X. ERLANGER
"Wee Baby Blues" produced by Beale Street Caravan and recorded live by Kevin Cubbins at the Poconos Blues Festival
"What have i Done" produced by Michael Johnathon for the Woodsong's Old Tme Radio Hour recorded live by Kevin Johnson at the Old Kentucky Theatre, Lexington Kentucky
"Juke" and "Bet on the Blues" produced by Paul Oscher, Bob Corritore and Clarke Rigsby and recorded live by Clarke Rigsby at the Rhythm Room, Phoenix, Az

Studio Tracks recorded byAlan Stockwell, Chris "Kid" Andersen and Michael Frondelli

Photography Brian Braff

About The Artist:
Paul Oscher Was Muddy Waters Harp Player From 1967-1971 Following In The Footsteps Of Little Walter, Junior Wells, James Cotton And Big Walter Horton.
Paul Lived In Muddy’s House On Chicago’s Southside And Shared The Basement With The Great Pianist Otis Spann.
While In Muddy’s Band, Paul Played All Kinds Of Venues From The Rough And Tumble Juke Joints Of The Chitlin’ Circuit To The Major Concert Stages Of The World. Otis Spann Taught Paul The Piano And Paul Learned The Guitar By Looking Over The Shoulders Of Muddy Waters And Sammy Lawhorn. It Was In Muddy’s Band Where Paul Learned The Deep Blues Phrasing And Timing Characteristic Of His Music Today.
“I Was Blessed Just To Be Around Those Cats, The Things I Learned From Muddy And Spann Are My Foundation, They’re Still With Me Today,” Said Paul
Besides Muddy, Paul Has Recorded And/Or Performed With Numerous Artists Including John Lee Hooker, T-Bone Walker, Johnny Copeland, Buddy Guy, Victoria Spivey, Big Mama Thornton, Eric Clapton , Keith Richards, Levon Helm, James Cotton, Mos Def The List Goes On.
He Is The Recipient Of Multiple Wc Handy (Blues Music Awards) And A Winner Of The La Music Award And Is Currently In The Process Of Writing A Book On His Life In The Blues, Excerpts Of Which Have Already Been Published In The Companion Book To The Pbs Series “Martin Scorcese Presents The Blues”.
Paul Oscher Is Currently Touring In Solo, Duo And Trio Formats. His Solo Show Features Paul On Harmonica, Bass Harp, Guitar, Melodica, Piano And Slide Guitar,
It’s A Show That Has Received Rave Reviews From Blues Fans, Musicians, Press, Promoters And Club Owners Around The World.
Paul Oscher Learned The Blues From The Masters. He Doesn’t Play Anything But The Real, Unadulterated, Down-In- The-Alley, Gutbucket, Stump Jump Blues. He Is Not A Retro Player. He Just Plays The Blues The Way He Learned Them…Low Down And Lonesome And Has Been Doing So For The Last Forty Years. Deep Blues!

For Tour Dates, Bookings And More Stories Visit WWW.PAULOSCHER.COM

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Bob Tifol

Bet on the Blues Limited Edition
Wow, all I can say is Paul's done it again. I'd give this 10 stars if i could .I've got all of his cds and alot of the work he did with Muddy and others and He just keeps on getting better. I just saw him play in Phoenix the show was incredible . He played some of the songs from this CD. The cd is great but you got to see him live he's a great showman. Round Midnight is my favorite cut on this cd . its so unusual to hear a bass harmonica in that context normally they only alternate bass lines not melodies the feeling here is really deep reminds me of Chet Baker. I also really like the gospel song Jesus, wont you come by here. I was pleasantly surprised when i saw that willie "Big Eyes" Smith was playing drums. He has to be the best blues drummer out there now listen to Blues in the Dark -Thats just Paul and Willie no bass player. Paul's playing chromatic harp and guitar. He gets more tone out of playing the harp in a neck rack than most players can get holding it in their hands. The sound of the whole cd is very good despite it being not mastered. i Think i like that better its more real sounding and unprocessed . This is what Paul sounds like Live, no frills blues. id highly recommend this cd to anybody that like the real blues
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Ed Gale

Bet on the Blues
Bet on Paul Oscher. I will lay three to one it racks up multiple Handys and take three to one on Grammy chances. Thank God his live electric set has been documented. Does it all, superlative effort in the one man band tradition.
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