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Paul Oscher, former member of the great Muddy Waters Blues Band, performs Saturday 5/7 at 10:00 p.m. Paul, a multi-instrumentalist, lays down the blues like they should be heard...

“Paul Oscher plays the soul I feel.” - Muddy Waters

“... Classic Chicago Blues…his blues has the bite and gravity of the tradition he upholds.” - John Pareles, The New York Times

“… a deep satisfying blues experience.” - Critic’s Choice Billboard

“Paul Oscher’s a monster - harp, piano and guitar - plays slide like Muddy.” - James Cotton

“This is a man who has spent his life steeped in the blues tradition and it shows.” – Juke Blues (UK)

“This former member of the great Muddy Waters Blues Band not only channels the guitar sound of Muddy Waters, piano of Otis Spann, he’s got the deepest toned blues harp this side of Big Walter Horton and is a fine songwriter in the classic blues tradition. Paul Oscher is one of a kind.
- Scott Dirks, author of Little Walter's biography, "Blues With A Feeling"


Paul Oscher is a blues legend. A blues singer and multi-instrumentalist (harmonica, guitar and piano), who while still in his teens, became the first Caucasian member of the great Muddy Waters Blues Band (1967-1971). Paul lived in Muddy’s house on Chicago’s South Side and shared the basement with blues piano player Otis Spann. Paul played the Chitlin’ Circuit and recorded with Muddy for the legendary Chess Records Company. He traveled the world with Muddy.

Besides Muddy, he has performed and/or recorded with T-Bone Walker, Otis Spann, John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy,Johnny Young, Johnny CopeIand, Big Joe Turner, Louisiana Red, Big Mama Thornton, Victoria Spivey and many others.

As Muddy Waters harp player, Paul Oscher inspired a whole generation of blues players including Rick Estrin, Jerry Portnoy, Paul Delay, and William Clark. Paul is the real deal, he learned his blues from the masters. He plays only the real, unadulterated, down-in-the–alley, gutbucket blues. He is not a retro player. He just plays the blues the way he learned them… lowdown and lonesome and has been doing so for the last fifty years.

Paul was featured playing harmonica, guitar and singing on Hubert Sumlin's Grammy Nominated Album, "About Them Shoes," along with Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, and Levon Helm.

In 2006 he collaborated with Mos Def and recorded the song "Bed Stuy Parade and Funeral March" on Mos Def's album "New Danger." He recorded with Keb Mo' in 2008 on the soundtrack of the film about the Blues, "Who Do You Love," and also he recorded on Keb Mo's "Suitcase Album". Paul has won two Handy Blues Music Awards and has 9 Blues Music Award nominations. His latest recording, “Bet On The Blues,” was nominated for three Blues Music Awards. Paul has also appeared in many documentaries and books about the blues and is now in the process of writing his own book about his life in the blues.. if your lucky to catch a Paul Oscher show where he is so inclined to share some of his stories with the audience, it’s like being taken back in a time machine to the South Side of Chicago in the sixties for a first hand glimpse at the real deal

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