Paul Oscher

Paul Oscher

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world class traditional blues by former Muddy Waters band member

Biography

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WWW.PAUL OSCHER.COM.

Paul Oscher began playing the blues at age 12 when his uncle gave him a harmonica. He was taught the rudiments of blues harmonica by Jimmy Johnson, a southern medicine show harp player and by the time Paul was 15, he was playing professionally in soul revues at black night clubs like the Baby Grand, 521 Club, Seville Lounge and the Nitecap.

In the mid 1960's Paul met MUDDY WATERS back stage at the Apollo Theatre, and in 1967, when Muddy came to New York without a harp player, Paul sat in with the band. He played two numbers and Muddy hired him on the spot. That hiring saw Paul following in the footsteps of other Muddy Waters harp players Little Walter, Junior Wells, Big Walter Horton and James Cotton. Oscher was the first white musician in the world to become a full time member of a black blues band of this stature. While working alongside Otis Spann, Sammy Lawhorn, Pee Wee Madison and S.P. Leary, Paul spent the next five years in the Muddy Waters band learning the deep blues phrasing and timing characteristic of his music today. Spann taught Paul the piano and he learned guitar by looking over the shoulders of Muddy and Sammy Lawhorn.

Besides Muddy, Paul has performed or recorded with a veritable who's who in the blues world including John Lee Hooker, Earl Hooker, Johnny Young, Jimmy Rogers,T-Bone Walker, Big Mama Thornton, Victoria Spivey, Johnny Copeland, Louisiana Red, Hubert Sumlin, Levon Helm, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards and Mos Def. Paul is now in the process of writing a book about his life's experiences in the blues. An excerpt from his book was just published in the companion book to the series "Martin Scorcese PresentsThe Blues".

Paul Oscher is currently performing at blues festivals throughout the United States and abroad in solo, duo and trio format. His solo show "Alone With The Blues" features Paul on harmonica, bass harmonica, guitar, melodica, piano and slide guitar. It's a show that has received rave reviews from blues fans, musicians, press, promoters and club owners from around the world. Don't miss it.

Discography

Paul Oscher; knockin' on the devils door - Viceroots Label, Paul Oscher and Steve Guyger Living Legends - Blues Leaf label, Paul Oscher Alone with the Blues- Electrofi label,(nominated for 4 W.C. Handy awards) Paul Oscher, Down in the Delta- Blues Fidelity label( nominated for acoustic artist of the year and acoustic album of the year Blues Music Awards 2006)
for extended discography visit WWW.PAULOSCHER.COM

Set List

usually a 75 minute set , Improvised (he doesn't use a set list) his own and blues standards and stories from his life in the blues. Paul Oscher doesn't cover songs. If he does a blues standard he does it his way and puts his own stamp on it.
Paul just recorded a live album at the Rhythm Room in Phoenix, AZ to be released later this year.
Check out his soundclips at WWW.PAULOSCHER.COM