TWO Great Bluesmen visit eTown: Robert Cray / Anders Osborne
By Helen ~ November 28, 2012
eTown returns to the historic Boulder Theater to welcome back an old friend, blues legend Robert Cray, as well as eTown newbie New Orleans blues/rocker Anders Osborne:
Robert Cray’s love for soul and blues music began at an early age, and he’s been playing for decades now. He’s got such a distinctive sound; you hear that voice or you listen to him play and you instantly know its him. I’ve always just loved his style. He’s one of Nick’s all time favorites as well. Now with more than 35 years of recording and performing under his belt, five Grammys and an induction into the Blues Hall of Fame, Robert’s showing no signs of slowing down. If you like the blues, you gotta check him out. He’s got a new CD out called “Nothin’ But Love” and there’s a ton of older stuff, too (I love his very first album the best, its called “Who’s Been Talkin’”).
eTown newcomer Anders Osborne is truly, in as word, amazing. He’s a mind blowing guitar player and a gifted singer and writer. New Orleans’ OffBeat magazine recently named him the Crescent City’s Best Guitarist for the second straight year (they also awarded him with the Best Roots Rock Artist title). This is his first time with us, and we are SO excited to have him. He’s such a genuine person, down to earth, friendly, and interesting. He and Nick exchange some great moments playing; they really seemed to have a great connection.
There’s also an E-Chievement Award story about a young guy who discovered a totally common sense way to use discarded cell phones to bring health care to those in need in third world countries. Honestly, these award stories continue to blow my mind. In this case, I’m reminded that we are SO lucky to have the health care we have at our disposal here in this country. You don’t realize that in some parts of the world people who are sick or injured have to walk up to one hundred miles to get care. Yup, that’s ONE HUNDRED MILES. Well, our winner is changing that.
Plus, we’ve got a KILLER finale (think Roger Miller meets Ray Charles and you’ll have a hint; but Nick and our great musical visitors come up with their own special version that will knock your socks off). That’s it, lots of great stuff for you this week, in eTown!
How was your Thanksgiving? Ours was very different; usually we do a big family thing. But this year, due to various circumstances, we were on our own, just me and Nick (saw one of our daughters briefly during the morning; also stopped by a friend’s briefly, but otherwise we were solo).
It was interesting. Usually I’m running around handling the cooking of a huge meal with all the holiday trimmings, focused on getting everything out and timed so its all done but not overdone and still warm! (Those of you who cook know what I’m talking about). But this Thanksgiving I had lots of time to reflect. Made me think about what I’m thankful for.
Here’s a few things I came up with:
My darling dear of a husband/soulmate.
My ‘tribe’ – friends and family who are a supportive part of my life; the people who give and take (and to/from whom I give and receive), who have my back and I have theirs, who are there during good times and bad, as we mutually enhance each other’s lives in a meaningful and tangible way. You know what I mean; the ones who are true.
A good home (with our awesome cat as part of that) in a safe neighborhood, with good folks as neighbors (and with, in our case, great views of the foothills and of the natural beauty that is Colorado, while being in walking distance of all sorts of great stuff downtown).
Meaningful work with a purpose, and great co-workers/colleagues.
LOTS of laughter every day.
There’s tons more, but you’ve got stuff to do . . and besides, I want to hear what YOU are thankful for.
Send me your comments below . . and check out this week’s broadcast/podcast (I’ve provided some video teasers for you to check out too).