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Album Review

It's interesting that many of the blues artists listeners have come to love — from Robert Johnson to Robert Lockwood — never set out to be immortalized. Their high goals — making money playing music, chasing women, and drinking — didn't necessarily consider art. Paul Oscher harks back to this non-noble tradition on Down in the Delta, an album that — save for the occasional appearance of electric guitar and piano — sounds like it was made on the back porch or perhaps at a local rent party. In other words, Oscher is just doing what comes natural to him on songs like "Driftin' Blues" and "Sugar Mama." Borrowing from a backlog of blues material, from Johnson's "32-20 Blues" to Lockwood's "Take a Little Walk," and adding a few of his own songs, "Blues and Trouble" and "Deborah's Baby," he delivers straightforward takes on 14 songs. And while he's joined here and there by players like bassist Ronnie James, pianist Dave Maxwell, and drummer Richard Innes, Down in the Delta is mostly Oscher's show. He plays both acoustic and electric guitar, and plays them well, and also does a good job of reminding one of John Mayall when he breaks out the harmonica. Oscher isn't a great vocalist, but perhaps his rough edges work best for his non-pretentious blues. For anyone who ever worried about the blues — in the 21st century — becoming too civilized, Down in the Delta will offer the needed antidote. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr., Rovi

Customer Reviews

What The Blues Sound Like

There are many definitions as to what Blues is. I can't give a definition as to what Blues is, but I know what it sounds like, and Down In The Delta is one great example.

Down In the Delta

Great album! My favorite songs are I'm Goin' Away Baby, What a Friend We Have in Jesus and Deborah's Baby.


Born: April 5, 1950 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Guitarist, singer, songwriter, pianist and harp player Paul Oscher has paid his dues, and then some. Those who have been following blues for a long time will remember Oscher from the late 1960s as the white kid who played harmonica in the Muddy Waters Band. Blues caught the Brooklyn-raised Oscher's ears at age 12 and he began playing professionally at age 15, frequenting clubs like the Baby Grand, the 521 Club and the Seville Lounge. Oscher also made frequent trips to the Apollo Theater in the...
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