Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Music That's Technically Rigorous and Harmonically Complex

Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Music That's Technically Rigorous and Harmonically Complex

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Richard Osborn

Endless

(Tompkins Square)

To listen to Richard Osborn is to be transported. As a first-generation American Primitive, he's deeply indebted to the music of 1960s Berkeley, California, where he first heard John Fahey and took a few lessons from guitarist Robbie Basho. "He's a student of mine," said Basho, "and he's better technically than me or Fahey." (See a feature on Basho on page 26). But Osborn's influences stretch far beyond that place and time, blending Johann Sebastian Bach, North Indian classical music, and Anglo-Irish trad fingerstyle passages to create a mix that's technically rigorous and harmonically complex.

On Endless, his third album since returning to guitar in 1995, Osborn builds on the successes of the self-released Giving Voice (2012) and Freehand (2015), gaining in confidence and dexterity. In "Laredo Pastoral," he creates a youthful counter-melody to "Streets of Laredo," weaving early promise and early death into a singular story of a cowboy's life cut short. …

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