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“Paul Oscher plays the
  soul I feel”
Muddy Waters

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

“A legend… a musician’s musician. When I saw him working with Muddy Waters
and Otis Spann, it was the toughest band I’d ever seen… an inspiration.”
Rick Estrin of Little Charlie & the Nitecats

“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.” Critics Choice, Billboard

“You can hear Muddy in his guitar, and Otis Spann in the piano, but the overriding sensation is of Oscher at the height of his powers and maturity. This is a man who has spent his life steeped in a blues tradition, and it
shows.”
Juke Blues (U.K.)

“He’s got all my respect.” William Clark

“The most natural musician I know.” Jerry Portnoy, harp with Muddy Waters & Eric Clapton

“The first guy that I ever met who could really play the harp, he used tongue
blocking before any of his contemporaries.”
Magic Dick

“Muddy Water’s album Live at Mr. Kelly’s, featuring Paul Oscher on harmonica was one of the first blues albums I purchased when I was in high school. His
harmonica playing has been inspirational and I admire the road he has traveled. He paved the way for all the blues harmonica players of my generation.”
Bob Corritore, harp player & owner of The Rhythm Room, Phoenix, Arizona

“No one on the scene can beat his low-down harp tone, his ability to summon
Muddy’s spirit in his slide guitar playing, and his blue note piano technique. He’s right where he’s always been: smack in the middle of the real unadulterated blues.”
Kim Field, Author of Harmonicas, Harps, and Heavy Breathers

“…If you like the real thing, that is the blues played without compromise: Paul Oscher’s ‘Down In The Delta’ should be in your CD player right now.” Sing Out!

"A must for devotees and players."  Knight Rider wire service

“Paul Oscher not only channels the guitar sound of Muddy Waters, piano of Otis Spann, and the deepest toned blues harp this side of Big Walter Horton, he’s also a fine songwriter in the classic blues tradition. Oscher is one of a kind.” Scott Dirks, Author, Little Walter biography, Blues With A Feeling

“Paul Oscher’s blues are deep as the Delta soil. With just a guitar, a slide, a harmonica and his voice, Oscher rekindles the fire, soul and spirit of the music of the late, great Muddy Waters.” Ted Drozdowski, The Boston Phoenix, Tower Pulse!, Guitar World, and winner 1998 Keeping the Blues Alive in Journalism Award

“Paul Oscher carries the soul of Muddy Waters in his music, he deserves wider recognition as a superb musician, singer and songwriter.” Sandra Tooze,  Author of Mojo Man biography of Muddy Waters

“He seems to be channeling the riffs straight from Blues Heaven.” Blue Suede News

“One of the best authentic blues albums of the year.” Andy Grigg Real Blues Magazine

“When I saw we had booked a solo performer, I wondered how he would get over with our band crowd, but when I saw all the best Blues musicians in Toronto
in the audience I knew we had something special. Paul sounded like a whole band and played all those instruments. He rocked the house. People are still talking about it.“
Michelle Gebhart, Silver Dollar, Toronto

“It’s not simply multi-instrumental wizardry or cross-genre mastery that
makes Alone with the Blues so impressive: Oscher simply has that deep blues feeling... instrumental triple threat…impressive stylistic range… a tonal tour de force...”
Tom Hyslop Blues Revue

 




Bet On The Blues
Original Release Date: October, 2010
Label: Blues Fidelity

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- Blues, gospel and jazz. Recorded live and in the studio.

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."


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Down In The Delta
Original Release Date: July 12, 2005
Label: Blues Fidelity

2006 Blues Music Award Winner Acoustic Album of the Year! #2 on the Living Blues Radio charts!

Down in the Delta was recorded live "the old-school way"—with no overdubs—and features Oscher on vocals, harmonica, guitar, piano and melodica with special guests including Levon Helm (drums), Willie "Big Eyes" Smith (drums), Calvin Jones (bass) and David Maxwell (piano). Down in the Delta captures the no-frills, down-in-the-alley, gutbucket, lowdown and lonesome deep blues of Oscher's live performances.

At the artist's request, proceeds of the sale of this record were donated to the Red Cross in 2005 for Katrina victims.


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Alone With The Blues
Original Release Date: May 12, 2004
Label: Electro-Fi

2005 W.C. Handy Award Nominee for Acoustic Blues Album of the Year, Blues Song of the Year, Acoustic Blues Artist of the Year, and Best Blues Instrumentalist-Harmonica!

Alone With The Blues Reviews >>

At the artist's request, proceeds of the sale of this record were donated to the Red Cross in 2005 for Katrina victims.


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Deep Blues of
Paul Oscher

Original Release Date: October 14, 1997
Label: Blues Planet

Oscher is very much an old-school bluesman. He can delve into the past for obscurities, such as his cover of Big Joe Turner's "Juke Joint," and juggle a variety of different harmonicas on the title cut for a wonderful effect that demonstrates—in an understated way—his virtuosity. But he can also create a great atmosphere on accordion, and proves it on "Louis Collins," while "Blues Before Sunrise" shows that he learned very well how to play piano, its dark colors showing in the aching vocal and stark finger work. Nor does he ignore the guitar, giving "Anna Lee" a raw slide workout that's packed with passion. Whatever he does, it seems, Oscher is a master, and this is blues well worth hearing. — Chris Nickson, All Music Guide


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Living Legends
Paul Oscher
& Steve Guyger

Original Release Date: June 6, 2000
Label: Blues Leaf Records

Living Legends is the result of a longstanding desire to record a true, 50/50 collaboration between these two blues luminaries; Paul Oscher & Steve Guyger.

Mention Paul Oscher's name and you instinctively think of Muddy Waters. For five years Paul played with and watched Waters and Spann like a hawk from his matchless vantage point on stage. Steve Guyger has devoted two decades to preserving classic blues tradition. He worked with Jimmy Rogers from 1980 to 1994. Paul and Steve are a link to the forefathers of modern blues, bridging the past and present. They've made their sacrifices and paid their dues to remain true to this Art Form - Blues Leaf Records


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Knockin' On The
Devil's Door

Original Release Date: 1996
Label: Vice Roots

Oscher stays true to his Chicago blues roots, but he wisely doesn't run through the same old standards. Instead, he's written a set of impassioned originals, augmented by a couple of appropriate covers. Working with a talented supporting group—featuring harpist Steve Guyger, bassist Mudcat Ward, pianist David Maxwell and drummer Big Eyes Smith — All Music Guide


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Paul Oscher Recordings

Bet On The Blues

Blues Fidelity

2010

Down In The Delta

Blues Fidelity

2005

Alone With The Blues

Electro-Fi

2004

Paul Oscher & Steve Guyger
Living Legends Deep In The Blues

Blues Leaf

2000

Live In The Virgin Islands

Mojo Prod

1998

The Deep Blues Of Paul Oscher

Blues Planet

1997

Knockin’ On The Devils Door

Viceroots

1996

Paul Oscher & Steve Guyger
Live At The Five Burros Café

Mojo Prod

1994

Rough Stuff

Lollipop

1993

Brooklyn Slim Live

Mojo Prod.

 1992

Nothin’ But The Blues

Lollipop

 1992

New York Really Has The Blues

Spivey

1976

Stormy Monday/Driving Wheel (45 RPM)

Spivey

1976


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Paul Oscher With Muddy Waters

The Chess Box

Chess

1976

Electric Man

Chess

1974

Trouble No More

Charly

1974

Unk In The Funk

Chess

1974

Live At Mister Kelly’s

Chess

1971

Vintage Muddy Waters

Sunnyland

1971

The Great Bluesmen

Vanguard

1970

Live At Teresas Lounge

Red Lightning

1970

Screamin And Cryin’

Chess

1969

Sun Rose This Morning

Sunnyland

1969

Blow Winds Blow

Sunnyland

1969

Mojo

Sunnyland

1969

Ramblin’ On My Mind

Cadet

1969

Tin Pan Alley

Testament

1969

Rollin And Tumblin’

Chess

1969

I Am The Blues/Rolling Stone

Cadet

1969

After The Rain

Cadet

1969

Five Long Years

Testament

1968

Muddy Waters/Luther Johnson

Vouge

1968

Live At Montreaux

Chess

1968

Live At Salle Pleyelde

France Concert

1968

Bluesmen Of Chicago

Spivey

1968

Live In Paris

Ina

1968

Every Tone A Testimony

Smithsonian

1967


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Paul Oscher With Other Artists

Hubert Sumlin About Them Shoes

Tone Cool/Artemis

2005

Mos Def The New Danger

Geffen

2004

Mark Hummel And Johnny Dyer
Rollin’ Fork Revisited

Mountaintop 

2004

Mannish Boys That Represent Man

Delta Groove

2004

Suzan-Lori Parks The Songs From
Getting Mother’s Body

Blues Fidelity

2004

Blues X-Mas

E Music

2002

Big Bill Morganfield Ramblin’ Mind

Blind Pig

2001

Big Bill Morganfield Risin Sun

Blind Pig

1999

Savoy Brown Blues Keep Me Holding On

Viceroy

1999

Johnny Copeland Copeland Special

Rounder

1980

Ola Mae Dixon Blues For Charles

Spivey

1976

Rose Melody Its Gone & Started Rainin

Spivey

1976

Luther"Georgia Boy Snake" Johnson

Douglas

1969

Otis Spann Blood Stains On The Wall

Python

1969

Johnny Young Fat Mandolin

Blue Horizon

1967

Harmonica Slim

Folkways

1965


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Paul Oscher Producer Credits

Down In The Delta

Blues Fidelity

2004

Suzan-Lori Parks The Songs From Getting Mother’s Body

Blues Fidelity 2004

Alone With The Blues

Electro-Fi 2004

Living Legends - Deep In The Blues

Blues Leaf 1999

Bob Gaddy Alone With The Blues

Mojo Prod 1998

Live At The Five Burros Caf0"> Mojo Prod

1994

Albert Washington Brighter Day

Iris Record 1994
Brooklyn Slim Nothin But The Blues Mojo Prod 1992

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Paul Oscher In Special Collections,
T.V. And Movie Sound Tracks

Pinetop Perkin’s Story

Sagebrush Prod.

2006

Muddy Waters Classic Concerts Universal 2005
American Blues Festival Vol. 3 1962-69 Hip-O Records 2004
Cant Be Satisfied Robert Gordon 2003
Soundtrack For Looking For A Voice The Topdog Diaries Storyville Films 2002
Talkin Blues Mako Funasaka 2001
Got My Mojo Workin’ Yazoo 2000
Muddy Waters An American Music
Master The Man Behind The Music
R&R HOF 2000
Tenth Annual LA Music Awards Sonic Sampler   2000
Muddy Waters Special Chess Anniversary Box Set Chess 1991
Eighteen Tracks From The Film Chicago Blues Red Lightning 1970
Chicago Blues With Muddy Waters And Buddy Guy   1970
Soundtrack For The Film Mandingo Hollywood 1974
Blues From The Ashgrove WCET 1971
Muddy Waters & The Great Bluesman Vanguard 1969
BBC Television-Jazz At The Maltings (London) BBC 1968

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