Cool Cat is
pure Paul Oscher, a recording of deep blues feeling and great stories
that paint vivid pictures in your mind, as some of the world’s best blues
instrumentalists engage in a musical conversation with Paul’s voice and guitar.
This is blues from the source – no one knows this music better than Paul,
who joined Muddy Waters’ band in the ‘60s, lived in Muddy’s house and shared
the basement with the great Otis Spann.
He can wring pure blues from a guitar, harmonica, or piano, as well as from his
own voice. Aficionados know – and have honored Paul with two BMA
awards and nine nominations. Cool Cat,
at once sophisticated and deeply honest, is another chapter in the living
legacy that is Paul Oscher.
The playing on Cool Cat is direct and
forceful. You’ll laugh as Miss Lavelle White tells the story of the “Dirty
Dealin’ Mama” and despair at “Poor Man Blues.” You’ll see whole films in your
head to “Mississippi” and “Ain’t That A Man.” “Money Makin’ Woman” will take
you to New Orleans and “Hide Out Baby” will bring you to south side Chicago.
Even “On The Edge,” a venture into jazz, is steeped in blues feeling.
This is the stuff that has made blues so timeless,
and Paul Oscher delivers it with no punches pulled.
“Paul Oscher’s a monster – harp, piano and guitar – plays slide
like Muddy.” …James Cotton