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Anders Osborne on World Cafe | July 18, 2012

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Originally from Sweden, Anders Osborne left his home in Uddevalla at 16 to hitchhike through Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Eventually finding his way to the U.S., the singer-songwriter and guitarist settled in New Orleans in 1984. The Crescent City clearly came to inspire Osborne's music, which ranges from muddy backwater blues to upbeat country-rock, and fills in many of the gaps in between.

Osborne has been featured on albums with the likes of Keb' Mo', and his song "Watch the Wind Blow By" earned country star Tim McGraw a No. 1 hit. In May, Osborne returned with a new album, Black Eye Galaxy. Here, he sits down with World Cafe host David Dye to discuss the benefits of sobriety on his general state of mind during the recording process and his performances.

"I can tell a little better when [a recording is] translating during a performance, and when I get into a control room and listen back," Osborne says. "Even during the actual performance, I can feel myself being aware of my vocal performance much better than I used to be." (link)

Playlist

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HOUR 1

The Smiths "How Soon Is Now?" The Singles
Yeasayer "Longevity" Fragrant World
Arcade Fire "The Suburbs" The Suburbs
Dirty Projectors "Gun Has No Trigger" Swing Lo Magellan
((Anders Osborne "When Will I See You Again" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Anders Osborne "Mind of a Junkie" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Anders Osborne "When Will I See You Again?" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Anders Osborne "Mind of a Junkie" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Allen Stone "Say So" Allen Stone
Simply Red "Money's Too Tight (To Mention)" Picture Book
Beck "Think I'm In Love" The Information
The Kooks "Junk of the Heart" Junk of the Heart
Father John Misty "I'm Writing a Novel" Fear Fun
((Langhorne Slim "Sometimes" Langhorne Slim))

HOUR 2

Florence & The Machine "Shake It Out" Ceremonials
The Traveling Wilburys "Tweeter and the Monkey Man" The Traveling Wilburys
RL Burnside "Let My Baby Ride" Let My Baby Ride
The Lumineers "Stubborn Love" The Lumineers
John K Samson "When I Write My Master's Thesis" Provincial
((Bright Eyes "Four Winds" Cassadaga))
Tom Waits "Long Way Home" Big Bad Love Soundtrack
Squeeze "Black Coffee in Bed" Sweets From a Stranger
Wilco "Born Alone" The Whole Love
((Everest "Rebels in the Roses" Ghost Notes))
Field Report "I am Not Waiting Anymore" Field Report
Kathleen Edwards "Sidecar" Voyageur
The Avett Brothers "Live and Die" The Carpenter
Violent Femmes "Please Do Not Go "Violent Femmes
John Fullbright "Jericho" From the Ground Up