Interview: Anders Osborne

Get ready for an evocative, heart-wrenching performance from Anders Osborne. Osborne weaves his storied past into his songwriting, accenting descriptive geographic lyricism with tender vocals that run like a river. With the release of his newest studio album, Spacedust & Ocean Views, Osborne digs deep into the profound meaning of life with a signature blues-bathed sound. So kick off the month of September with a soulful, reflective note, and check out Anders Osborne on September 1st featuring Chris Castino of The Big Wu at The Cedar. Tickets are still available here


We spoke to Anders Osborne about his performance style, his songwriting process, and some of the work he has been doing to encourage a healthy lifestyle in the music industry.


Q: You are known as a very prolific writer, having released your 12th studio album, Spacedust & Ocean Views in 2016. How do you think your songwriting has evolved over your career?

A: (Anders Osborne) I believe I have lived more and learned a few tricks here and there. I am probably more open to subscribe to what my heart tells me then I was in my twenties.. I trust my impulses more today.


Q: You have stated in the past that the twelve songs on Spacedust & Ocean Views are all related to different places that have profound significance to you. Was this an intentional choice as you started to put together the record, or a common thread that emerged later in the process?

A: I believe it just worked out that way accidentally. I kept writing as I was walking, biking or jogging in different coastal areas.


Q: Although you are not native to New Orleans, your career has largely revolved around the music industry in that area. What keeps bringing you back to the “New Orleans” sound?

A: I am convinced that New Orleans does what New Orleans does regardless of who claims her, is born here, lives here or uses her. Her Magic will always prevail no matter who we are and what role we think we are playing in her expression. I am simply a jester in the Queens court.


Q: Your show at The Cedar is a special stripped down solo performance. What do you like about performing solo versus performing with your full band?

A: I enjoy the openness and occasional stillness that occurs when playing alone. It is also more of a vocal and lyrical performance than with the band.


Q: You recently spearheaded an incredibly necessary initiative to help musicians stay sober while touring called ‘Send Me A Friend.” Some of the conversation around the program reminded us about the work that local Twin Cities arts/mental health/recovery support organization Dissonance is doing. Have you seen more discussion around addiction in the music industry lately? What do you hope for the future of programs like ‘Send Me A Friend?”

A: I am very happy to see the music industry embrace healthy lifestyle choices. I has turned my life and career into a joyous adventure. I am very hopeful for the future of “Send Me A Friend” and all organizations alike that are striving to provide services for people in need.


Q: What’s inspiring you lately?

A: My children. And Boyan Slat, the founder of the “Ocean Cleanup”