Anders Osborne Performs Solo Acoustic Set at Historic Scoot Inn
March 30th was the perfect evening to head over to one of our favorite Austin venues, The Historic Scoot Inn to catch Anders Osborne. This set was a bit different than most of Osborne's shows. It was a solo acoustic set. If you have ever been to the Scoot Inn before, there really is no better place to experience intimacy with the music and the musician himself.
The night started with The South Austin Moonlighters. A band made up of four established Austin, TX musicians that blend blues, folk, soul, rock, and country.
Having seen Anders with a full band every show prior to this one, it was a beautiful experience. He has a way of taking a moment of such slow acoustic precision and turn it into something more upbeat. Something that is not the easiest when all you have is your mic and an acoustic guitar. He has a way of engaging the crowd, but also becoming part of it. One of my personal favorites was when he sang Fools Gold and brought in a bit of a reggae feel to the song.
Being such an intimate set, it wasn't hard to focus in on the lyrics and vibing off of the energy Anders was bringing when singing these lyrics. His songs are of struggle, companionship, New Orleans, heartbreak, freeing oneself, and ultimately trying to figure how to live our best lives in this crazy world. Lyrics like "love one another especially on our dying days" from his song "Dying Days".
When he would sing of Jackson Square and "Carrollton and Dumaine back in New Orleans" you hear cheers coming from the crowd from those that may have once been apart of the New Orleans culture (or long for it). There is a special place in my soul for the city of New Orleans, there is nothing quite like it.
Anders was accompanied later on in his set by Eric Tessmer an extraordinary guitarist, musician, singer and songwriter local to Austin, TX. He is widely considered one of the most vibrant guitarists to follow in the footsteps of blues-rock legends. Together they played "Love is Taking its Toll" and "Echoes of my Sins". Eric Tessmer is someone that should not be overlooked lightly, he is an incredible guitarist.
Anders then brought out the openers of the night The South Austin Moonlighters. They joined in song, they jammed on guitar, and together created this beautiful charisma. They sang "Different Drum", "Life Don't Last That Long", and one of my personal favorites "Louisiana Gold".
He then ended the show solo once more singing "Send Me a Friend" and "The Lucky One". Afterwards, I saw a few wet eyes, if that tells you anything about the intimacy of this show and the impact his lyrics have. Anders either writes or co-writes all of his songs. It was a joy to be apart of something so special. You should definitely try to catch him on one of these tour dates.