Swedish-born, but with a true New Orleans soul after more than 25 years' residence, Anders Osborne is a formidable guitarist, singer, and songwriter who has collaborated with the likes of Keb' Mo and Tab Benoit. Additionally, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, and Kim Carnes have all taken his songs up the charts. Osborne is so integral to the New Orleans scene that he can turn up playing with Mardi Gras Indians, brass bands, or blues or jazz artists, while all those influences are rolled together with a broad swath of roots, rock, and R&B to constitute his seamless signature sound. He brings it all together on Black Eye Galaxy, his 11th album overall and second for Alligator, an epic accomplishment that marries starkly personal revelations of loneliness and addiction with universal themes of redemption as well as juxtaposing blistering rock, elegant guitar, sweet singer-songwriter fare, and country elements. The album is framed by the thunderous, angst-filled "Send Me a Friend," a harrowing mix of Zeppelin hard rock and searing Mississippi hill-country blues, and the soaring finale, "Higher Ground," a gospel-laced affirmation of hope, co-written with jazz pianist Henry Butler. Osborne will be accompanied by drummer Eric Bolivar and bassist Carl Dufrene.
Wed., May 23, 7 p.m., 2012