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Mike Osborn is a seasoned guitar player who's styles range from blues, rocking blues, and country. He is an excellent songwriter and the master of the electric guitar. With story driven lyrics and stinging guitar licks he has the ability to transport you to other dimensions with his music. I had the pleasure of working with him on his first CD which did well internationally. I recommend that you give this artist a serious listen.

JC Smith
Producer/Bandleader/Radio announcer

Mike Osborn Is a True original, Passionate and Soulful, Mike has a unique sound loaded with intensity and emotion; With a bluesy style and a twist of hard driving rock and county thrown in for some tasty Blues. I started working with mike almost ten years ago after working with many noteworthy musicians over the years and heard something special in his style and phrasing. While he can certainly cut it up with the best of them he always shines through in a unique way that is impossible to ignore.

Mike has a great down to earth personality and demeanor. Musically I have enjoyed watching Mike grow and blossom into an even broader musician that will get you dancing in your seat and stomping your feet. I would have to say he is probably one of the bay areas top ten Guitarist/Musicians. With a unique mix of influences from Buddy Guy, Gary More, Jimi Hendrix, SRV, BB Chung King and many others.  And always an enjoyable show and a must see live! 

John Krus

Guitar Tech

 

Mike Osborn is a very talented blues guitarist who is not afraid to mix things up with his sound. amazing guitar work.

Gary Schwind AXS USA

 

Mike Osborn plays powerhouse modern blues with the confidence and versatility of an artist who has paid his dues on the road many times over. Blessed with a muscular vocal style and ferocious guitar attack that ideally suits his “in your face” style.

Mick Rainsford BluesnBritain UK

 

Mike Osborn is a capable guitarist with a deep soulful passion for his music and a voice that truly suits his style, plus, (his music) it’s all very danceable. Osborn’s guitar is on fire MERV OSBORN (no relation).

Blues Matters magazine UK

 

Mike Osborn is a no-nonsense blues guitarist and vocalist. He has a soulful voice that fits the blues well and is able to trade licks with the best blues guitarists.

David Bowling CASHBOX Magazine USA

 

My name’s Tom Clarke and I write a column in Hittin’ The Note and contribute to Elmore and Blues Music Magazine (formerly Blues Revue). It’s always tough to sift through the piles and find a winner among the so-many talented folks I get CD’s from, especially in the realm you work in. Your album In The Dog House stuck out today—I love when that happens!—and I’m writing about it right now for HTN. Great songs matter most, and you deliver. Singing voice second, and yours has that natural grit. Very tasty guitar? In spades. Thanks for a fine listening experience tonight. Tom Clarke---Hittin’ The Note / Elmore / Blues Music Magazine USA

 

 

Mike's voice is powerful enough with accents soul and one guitar style based on virtuosity without losing sight of the melody.

From the Italian Magazine http://www.ilpopolodelblues.com/wp/

 

Mike Osborn encompasses an ability to link the blues past to the freshness of today in his individualized vocals and guitar work.

Frank- John Hadley Downbeat Magazine USA

What these guys put together is incredible: the songs are all very well-written, musicianship is first-rate, and Osborn’s guitar work and vocals are amazing. Each song is different and cover more genres than would seem possible in a 45 minute album that actually sounds like it is a singular piece of art.  and it shows that Mike’s talent has a lot of depth.

Mike Osborn’s In the Dog House is a winner from every perspective. He delivers a passionate and intelligent album that was carefully put together by one of the best in the business. I have heard his live performance is just as good.

http://www.rexbass.com/2016/04/mike-osborn-in-dog-house-album-review.html


Mike Osborn is a tough character. He doesn’t believe in Superman or sunshine, as evidenced by his songs “Ain’t No Superman” and ‘Ain’t No Sunshine.” Okay, actually there’s only no sunshine “when she’s gone,” and the other song is not so much a denial of the Man of Steel’s existence as a plea to his woman to ease up a little. Still, there’s something raw and gritty about this Campbell bluesman that makes me think I wouldn’t want to fight him. Last month he released his first CD, Fire and Fury, on which the former rockabilly and metal guitarist embraces his blues destiny in a brutal full nelson.

Steve Palopoli sanjose.com


 My name is Lord Luther, Recording artist of the Best Seller "W-P-L-J" fame, proudly introduce "Vanilla Soul" aka Mike Osborn, a true soulful, blues guitarist, singer in his own rights. We've never met in person, yet, but I hope to very soon.

In listening to his albums, (as a recording jazz-blues-R&B-soul singer/musician, I can relate. So, I thought to myself, this is "Vanilla Soul". I have played with many great blues guitarist and Mike tops ALL of them because he plays with such unique styling, passion and emotion.

Keep up the great work Mike!
Yours truly
Lord Luther


Dear Mr. Osborn,
Just a note to let you know I previewed your CD today and was very impressed with it - so impressed that we will be featuring the CD next week on our show "Shout Brother Shout".  I've selected tracks 1,2,7, and 8 to feature.  Guitar work is excellent and your voice goes well beyond what many blues guitarists have.  I'm very impressed.  Keep up the great work.
Rob Markham


Endorsed by:

- Epiphone Guitars

- GHS Strings

- Egnater Amplifiers

 

 Notable artists played with:

 

- Pat Travers

- Confunction

- J.C. Smith

- Alan Mirikitani (aka BB Chung King),

- Daniel Castro and several other regional blues and rock acts

 

  Mike Osborn has played in a vast array of regional festivals and events including:

 

- Campbell Summer Concert Series

- Milpitas Summer Concert Series

- Calistoga Art and Wine Fest

- Brewfest

- Bay Area BBQ Cook-off

- Yolo County Fair

- Russell City Blues Festival

- the Redwood Run

-Gilroy Garlic Festival

-Hollister Freedom Rally

-Taste of Morgan Hill

-Pittsburg Seafood & Music Festival

-Gateway Blues Festival

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In addition to festivals and fairs, Mike Osborn has played at many of the Bay Area's most prestigious venues including:

- Sweetwater (Mill Valley)

- Mountain Charlie’s (Los Gatos)

- Don Quixote’s (Santa Cruz area)

- JJ’s blues club (Santa Clara)

- St James Gate (Belmont)

- Main St Brewery (Pleasanton)

- Lous Pier 47 (SF)

- Mountain Winery (Saratoga)

-Wente Vinyard

-Leal Vinyard

-Testarossa Winery

 

Media support:

 

Osborn has been played on hundreds of radio stations worldwide.  

His music has been downloaded online tens of thousands of times

and he currently holds the #1 spot in the Blues/Rock category of

Reverbnation's charts for the Bay Area. He reached #1 on the Roots Report radio playlist after the release of his CD “In the Dog House” in 2014.

 

Veteran hit producing R&B artist Lord Luther of the Four Deuces describes

Mike Osborn as "blues with a bite" and dubbed him "Vanilla Soul".

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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