Michael Osborn was John Lee Hooker’s lead guitarist for 13 years. After his stint with Mr. Hooker, one of Michael’s songs, “Spellbound”, was featured on John Lee’s 1998 Grammy Award winner for Best Traditional Blues recording, “Don’t Look Back”! Michael has also backed, recorded with, or played with such musical luminaries as Robben Ford (Michael has a song credit on Robben’s “Blue Moon” release), Willie Dixon, Mark Ford, John Hammond, Bonnie Raitt, The Charles Ford Band, Elvin Bishop, Buddy Miles, Charlie Musselwhite, James Cotton, Albert Collins, Jimmy Witherspoon, Johnnie Johnson, Brownie McGee, Duke Jethro, Garth Webber, Patrick Ford, Chris Cain, Jimmy Thackery, Mark Werner, Frankie Lee, Robert Cray, Guitar Shorty, David Raitt, Marc Hansen, DK Stewart, Bruce Kaphan, Curtis Salgado, Bill Rhoades, Sista Monica, Annie Sampson and so many others. Mike presently resides in the Portland, Oregon area and has been nominated three times by the Cascade Blues Association for best blues guitarist and once for blues best recording for his CD release of “Touch Tone.” As a member of Bill Rhoades and the Party Kings, he taken home 7 awards for best traditional blues band and was inducted into the CBA Hall of Fame as a member of that band!
REVIEWS & QUOTES:
\"It\'s (Touch Tone) no-nonsense blues that features Osborn\'s killer playing, classic tone and capable songwriting.\" - Mark Whittington, San Jose Mercury News
\"mezmerizing guitar\" - Eric Thom, Blues Revue
\"Michael Osborn is one of the most authentic blues guitarists today. His style goes straight to the heart of the blues and he\'ll steal your show if you don\'t watch out.\" - Robben Ford
\"There is no lull found on \'Touch Tone.\' The album is complete from tracks one through 12. The only flaw is that it ends. I could go on listening to this CD endlessly.\" - Greg Johnson, Cascade Blues Association
\"Hard powerful album (Touch Tone) of traditional original Chicago blues , performed by two real representatives of this musical style such as singer and guitar player Michael Osborn and singer and harmonica player Bill Rhoades. Both musicians have decided to join forces, good qualities and skills to record an album that does not have a single bad track on it. Well conceived blues with no commercial concessions, conscientiously done with different brilliant moments full of love and passion for a music that they respectfully worship and which has musically united them. Fifties traditional blues lovers have reason s to celebrate this new release that will certainly satisfy them. GREAT.\"
- Vicente \"Harmonica\" Zumel, DustyBlues