Getting gritty with Anders Osborne, who performs Saturday at the Flying Monkey in PlymouthBy JULIA ANN WEEKES
NH Weekend Editor June 13. 2018 2:05PM
PLYMOUTH — With his time-worn rasp and confessional approach to lyricism, blues-rocker Anders Osborne is headed back to New Hampshire for a 7:30 p.m. show Saturday at the Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, 39 S. Main St.
Tickets are $29-$39, and are available by calling 536-2551 or visiting flyingmonkeynh.com.
The New Orleans guitarist and singer, who was inspired by a generation of singer/songwriters such as Van Morrison, Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell, brings a very personal and gritty sense of life’s ups and downs to the stage.
His songs over the years have titles like “It Can’t Hurt You Anymore,” “The Gospel of St. John,” “Born to Die Together,” “Life Don’t Last That Long” and Mind of a Junkie.” Last year he put out the single “Liquor Drought,” a song that begins with a gentle strum and the thought, “Yeah, the colors of the morning look so pretty without the cocaine, shimmering like a diamond mine.” It’s a lament about still feeling pain, being sick of pity and support-group meetings, and “still looking for a piece of me that’s not been dragged through the misery.”
Osborne, who is in the recording studio and will be doing some shows this fall with Rickie Lee Jones, is a tireless touring performer, whether solo, with his band or as a guest with artists including Toots and The Maytals, Stanton Moore, Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes, Keb Mo, The Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh, Jackie Greene and Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe. Plus, he’s penned songs that have been covered by artists including Jonny Lang, Edwin McCain, Brad Paisley, Trombone Shorty and Aaron Neville. Osborne also appeared in the HBO series “Treme,” his adept and aching guitar work a fitting reflection of post-Katrina’s soul and resilience.