In a C&I exclusive, Anders Osborne premieres his brand-new single, “Liquor Drought,” from his upcoming album, Deep Impressions.
New Orleans singer-songwriter Anders Osborne’s music has always been honest and raw. His new track “Liquor Drought” is no different.
A recovering addict, Osborne has faced down troubles with alcohol and drugs and hasn’t hesitated to battle things out in his songs. He bares some of his toughest times yet in “Liquor Drought,” his rough voice and commanding guitar work pairing with his detailed lyrics and storytelling.
“‘Liquor Drought’ is two sides of my brain working things out,” Osborne says. “I started to realize that I have a lot of built-up frustration, and I put this feeling into a contained lullaby. My hope is that the listener enjoys the groove but also sees the absurdity in the lyrics. The narrative is me being as real as I can be.”
“‘Liquor Drought’ is one of the last songs I wrote for Deep Impressions, and I was surprised that it turned out [to be] our first single. It’s a song that I feel really came alive in the studio.”
Sound, tone, and instrumentation — all are important driving factors in the song, showcasing Osborne’s impressive ability to build an impactful confession song with just a bluesy electric guitar overlaid on a slow groove beat.
One of America’s foremost roots musicians, Osborne was born and raised in Sweden and became a fixture on the New Orleans music scene after leaving home at 16 to travel and make music and landing in The Big Easy a little more than 30 years ago.
“The sound of New Orleans is all over the arrangement,” Osborne notes. “The rhythm is so musical in and of itself, that it didn’t need a lot of music on it. It felt like classic ’70s/’80s NOLA music. There’s something cool about mixing a heavy medium-tempo dirty groove with a folk melody.”
With its slow groove melody, impactful lyrics, and Osborne’s evocative voice to tie it all in, “Liquor Drought” is a spectacular debut single to what is sure to be a fantastic album full of confessions and self-discovery.
“Liquor Drought” will be included on Osborne’s next album, Deep Impressions, which is scheduled for an early 2018 release. In the meantime, catch Osborne in concert opening for Bonnie Raitt on tour now.
ANDERS OSBORNE FALL & WINTER 2017 TOUR DATES
September 6: Alberta Bair Theater – Billings, Montana*
September 7: Big Blues Bender – Las Vegas
September 8: Theatre at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse – Bozeman, Montana*
September 9: Rushmore Plaza Civic Center – Rapid City, South Dakota*
September 10: Big Blues Bender – Las Vegas
September 11: Cheyenne Civic Center Performing Arts Theatre – Cheyenne, Wyoming*
September 13: Macky Auditorium – Boulder, Colorado*
September 15: Telluride Blues and Brews Festival – Telluride, Colorado
September 16: Santa Fe Opera – Santa Fe*
September 17: Sheridan Opera House – Telluride, Colorado
September 22: Red Rocks Amphitheater -–Morrison, Colorado
September 23: Septemberfest – Eagle, Colorado
September 29: Bogaloosa Blues & Heritage Festival – Bogalusa, Louisiana
October 4: Fonda Theatre – Los Angeles
October 18: Count Basie Theatre – Red Bank, New Jersey
October 19: City Winery – Boston**
October 2: The Space at Westbury – Westbury, New York**
October 21: Greenwich Odeum – East Greenwich, Rhode Island**
October 24: The Warehouse – Fairfield, Connecticut**
October 26: The Birchmere – Alexandria, Virginia**
October 27: City Winery – New York**
October 28: Ardmore Music Hall – Ardmore, Pennsylvania**
October 29: State Theatre – State College, Pennsylvania**
November 2: City Winery – Atlanta**
November 3: City Winery – Nashville**
November 4: City Winery – Chicago**
November 5: SPACE – Evanston, Illinois**
December 8: Brooklyn Bowl – Brooklyn, New York**
December 9: Brooklyn Bowl – Brooklyn, New York**
*Solo opening for Bonnie Raitt
**Anders Osborne & Jackie Greene
For more information on Osborne and his upcoming tour dates, visit his website.