Discovering new music is always a thrill, but when you have the chance to uncover a brilliant musician, right in your backyard, who has returned to the craft he helped define — it’s truly a moment of magic. San Franciscans will have the chance to (re)discover the critically-lauded guitarist Richard Osborn this Friday night, 7pm at Stranded Records on Valencia Street.
Just last month, Osborn released his new solo album Endless on Tompkins Square Records and last week opened up for Bill Callahan at Sweetwater in Mill Valley. The in-store performance this Friday will celebrate the release of Endless and Osborn’s recent return to music.
Osborn has a storied history deeply rooted in the Bay Area music scene. In the late ’60s, he studied under acoustic guitar legend Robbie Basho and performed with him throughout the early ’70s. Basho, along with John Fahey, created the “American primitive guitar” movement here in Berkeley and once said of Osborn, “He’s a student of mine and he’s better technically than me or Fahey.”
Though Osborn took a very long break from playing music, due in part to a severe hand injury, in 2010 he reemerged, recording new material for Tompkins Square’s Beyond Berkeley Guitar compilation. Osborn’s new release Endless is his first widely available solo guitar album.
Whether you are a guitar player or fan, you’ve got to hear this found treasure of a musician. Listen to a recent interview with Richard Osborn at KPFA and preview his meditative, otherworldly guitar stylings thanks to Acoustic Guitar magazine below.
February 10, 2017