plus Freedy Johnston
Thursday, Aug 30, 2012 8:30 PM EDT
(7:30 PM Doors)
Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
Is there something in the Swedish psyche that draws them to American roots and rock music? We’ve seen this phenomenon happen in the early 2000s, with garage-rock bands when such as the Hives, Sahara Hotnights and Soundtracks of Our Lives toured the US with their own vision of rock n’ roll done right. Perhaps it’s the Swedes love of aesthetics in addition to a desire to experience America’s earthy diversity that draws them to the sounds of this country. It was Anders Osborne’s father, a globetrotting jazz drummer, who in fact revealed to his son the secrets of those glorious sounds on vinyl. Osborne followed his muse throughout the world en route to the immortal city of New Orleans. It’s there that Osborne not only settled, but thrived as an acclaimed producer/songwriter/singer/guitarist. For years, Anders has been working as an influential but often obscure force in the roots music scene -- perhaps due to his dark past as an addict. But this time, Anders takes his soulful skills out on the road to support his latest release, Black Eye Galaxy. He’ll be sharing this evening with another severely unheralded talent, singer-songwriter Freedy Johnston. Freedy had his day in the 90s sun with such radio hits as the raspy and caustic “Bad Reputation”. Come to the Beachland for a night of two unique and critically-acclaimed talents!