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Oscher won two 2006 Blues Music Awards (formerly the W.C. Handy Awards): Acoustic Artist of the Year and Acoustic Album of the Year.


Paul Oscher, Blues singer, songwriter, recording artist, and multi-instrumentalist, (harmonica, guitar, piano) first came to national attention as Muddy Waters’ harmonica player, 1967-1972 following in the foot steps of little Waiter, Junior Wells, James Cotton, and Big Walter Horton. Paul appeared on five albums with Muddy for the legendary Chess Record Company of Chicago, including the heralded Live at Mr. Kelly’s. Besides Muddy, Paul has worked and/or recorded with a veritable “Who’s who” in the world of Blues including Otis Spann, John Lee Hooker, Earl Hooker, Johnny Young, Buddy Guy, T-Bone Walker, Big Mama Thornton, Louisiana Red, Johnny Copeland, and numerous others.Paul Oscher was the first white musician in the world to become a full time member of a Blues band of the stature of the Muddy Waters Band. He’s has been playing the Blues for over 30 years in diversified venues, from the “juke joints” and black theaters of the “chitlin circuit” to major concert stages of the world. He remains true to the spirit of the Blues of his predecessors and continues to be a major influence on the Blues scene.

“The worst blues you can get,” states Oscher, “is when you’re deep in love with a woman- and you think she’s in love with you, then you find out she’s in love with someone else – she’s got a smile on her face, and you didn’t put it there. You got the blues.”

“Actually, most of the songs I wrote are about the chick who dumped me.” Oscher confesses. “I got two albums out of that. I didn’t get her, but I got a lot of stuff happening.”


In closing, “The stuff I learned from Muddy and Spann and the rest of the guys you couldn’t learn from records. It was a feeling, a deep blues feeling,” says Oscher. “I always remember Muddy saying, the Blues is not a pretty music. You can’t get too pretty with it. You can’t change the Blues but so much. You can only take it a little further up the road.’ I have never changed my style of playing- my sound is the same. There’s not too many guys playing like that today.”

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