with Richard Osborn
Doors @ 7:00pm
Show @ 8:00pm
After almost 20 years of using the alias Smog for his music, Bill Callahan switched to his given name for his releases after 2005’s A River Ain’t Too Much to Love. The 2007 EP Diamond Dancer and full-length Woke on a Whaleheart both mixed the intimate, reflective, largely acoustic sound of later Smog albums like Supper and A River with gospel, soul, and pop elements, and boasted arrangements by former Royal Trux mastermind Neil Hagerty. For 2009’s Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle, Callahan returned to the more intimate acoustic-based sound of latter-era Smog albums, featuring string and brass arrangements by Brian Beattie. The live album Rough Travel for a Rare Thing arrived in March 2010, and in July Callahan issued his 79-page “epistolary novelette” Letters to Emma Bowlcut, comprised of 62 letters from a nameless protagonist to a woman he saw at a party. Callahan kicked off 2011 with Apocalypse, a more uptempo collection of seven country- and blues-inspired rock tunes that recalled some of his edgier work with Smog. A softer offering, Dream River, was issued in the fall of 2013. The next year Have Fun with God surfaced, remixing the eight tracks of Dream River in more haunted and electronic styles.
Richard Osborn studied and performed with the legendary Robbie Basho, an acoustic guitar trailblazer who, along with John Fahey, created the whole “American primitive guitar” movement in the early 1970′s. Osborn then disappeared from public view, due to a severe injury to his left hand. He re-emerged in 2010 with his inclusion on Tompkins Square’s ‘Beyond Berkeley Guitar’ compilation. His first widely available album, ‘Endless,’ is just out on San Francisco’s Tompkins Square label.
“[Osborn has] an unhurried, quiet spirit of adventure, a love of ringing strings and slowly revelatory meditations on the natural world.”- Acoustic Guitar
“He’s a student of mine and he’s better technically than me or Fahey.” – Robbie Basho
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