Though Oscher has proven to be one of the most hard-hitting, authentic-sounding blues artists of the '90s, he never achieved the deserved amount of recognition. This is mostly due to the public's preference for watered-down imitations over the real thing. Oscher, who learned his trade as a harmonica player for Muddy Waters in the late '60s and early '70s, is as real as it gets.
Despite the singer/songwriter's East Coast origins, THE DEEP BLUES OF PAUL OSCHER lives up to its title. It's an album drenched in the vintage Chicago blues sound of the '50s, but it's far from a dated-sounding period piece. Oscher performs with a singularly understated urgency that is utterly timeless. DEEP BLUES is a bit less ominous and more groove-oriented than its predecessor KNOCKIN' ON THE DEVIL'S DOOR, and the arrangements add judicious touches like baritone sax and backing vocals without sacrificing any of the necessary grit.