Ash Wednesday Blues

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Barnes & Noble - Roberta Penn
Guitarist, singer, and songwriter Anders Osborne moved from his native Sweden to New Orleans in 1990, and the musical gumbo of the Crescent City has become a staple of his diet. The ingredients in Osborne’s band for Ash Wednesday Blues include sousaphonist Kirk Joseph of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Neville Brother Cyrille Neville on percussion, and vocalist/keyboardist Davelle Crawford cooking up the funk on “Stoned, Drunk & Naked” and taking it to the streets New Orleans-style for the funereal “Life Is Strange.” Adding the roots blues flavoring is Keb’ Mo', who plays banjo and percussion and sings backup on the acoustic “Stuck on My Baby.” For the love ballad ...
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Barnes & Noble - Roberta Penn
Guitarist, singer, and songwriter Anders Osborne moved from his native Sweden to New Orleans in 1990, and the musical gumbo of the Crescent City has become a staple of his diet. The ingredients in Osborne’s band for Ash Wednesday Blues include sousaphonist Kirk Joseph of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Neville Brother Cyrille Neville on percussion, and vocalist/keyboardist Davelle Crawford cooking up the funk on “Stoned, Drunk & Naked” and taking it to the streets New Orleans-style for the funereal “Life Is Strange.” Adding the roots blues flavoring is Keb’ Mo', who plays banjo and percussion and sings backup on the acoustic “Stuck on My Baby.” For the love ballad “Through & Through,” Mo’s acoustic guitar is the only accompaniment to Osborne’s country-tinged vocals. A more raucous energy infuses several tunes that feature blues guitarist and soul singer Jonny Lang. His guitar solo on “Snake Bit Again” is venomous, whereas for the frenetic “Aim Way High” Lang plays like a whirling dervish. Both Lang and Mo' have recorded Osborne-penned tunes, and it is the songwriting that holds Ash Wednesday Blues together. Osborne’s imagery is fresh even when it turns biblical on “Kingdom Come” or rises from the Mardi Gras Indian vernacular as in the romance rave “Ho-Di-Ko-Di-Ya-La-Ma-La.”
All Music Guide - Rob Ferrier
New Orleans is known for producing musicians in search of a good time, men who are long on boogie, but short on content. Osborne just might be the exception. He owes as much to artists like Jackson Browne and early Bruce Springsteen as he does to Dr. John or Professor Longhair. Have no fear, most of these songs still bring the slurry wobble most people love about the Big Easy, but there's a self-deprecation to these lyrics and enough dark imagery to make sure you take Osborne seriously. Whether he turns into Townes Van Zandt hopefully, or Bob Seger hopefully not, remains to be seen. This is a snapshot of an artist discovering himself. Very good in its own right, it leads one to believe the next record just might be a classic. Stay tuned.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/13/2001
  • Label: Shanachie
  • UPC: 016351574428
  • Catalog Number: 5744
  • Sales rank: 91,978

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Stoned, Drunk and Naked - Tim Green (4:52)
  2. 2 Ho-Di-Ko-Di-Ya-La-Ma-La - Tim Green (3:58)
  3. 3 Every Bit of Love - Tim Green (5:26)
  4. 4 Stuck on My Baby - Tim Green (4:12)
  5. 5 Snake Bit Again - Tim Green (5:25)
  6. 6 Soul Livin' - Tim Green (4:46)
  7. 7 Me and Lola - Tim Green (5:37)
  8. 8 Kingdom Come - Tim Green (5:00)
  9. 9 Kiddin' Me - Tim Green (4:50)
  10. 10 Life Is Strange - Tim Green (5:57)
  11. 11 Aim Way High - Tim Green (5:11)
  12. 12 Improvise - Tim Green (4:33)
  13. 13 Ash Wednesday Blues - Tim Green (4:06)
  14. 14 Through and Through - Tim Green (3:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Anders Osborne Primary Artist, Organ, Guitar, Piano
Charles Joseph Trombone
Kirk Joseph Sousaphone
Leon Medica Bass
Cyril Neville Percussion
Keb' Mo' Banjo, Percussion, Background Vocals
Davell Crawford Organ, Piano, Background Vocals
Jonny Lang Guitar, Background Vocals
Charlene Howard Background Vocals
David Grillier Clarinet
Kevin O'Day Drums
Tim Green Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Tony Daigle Engineer
Warren Dewey Engineer
Leon Medica Producer
Robert Vosgien Mastering
Anders Osborne Producer
Steve Winn Layout Concept
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