Ross Osteen Band Album Release Show

The Grey Eagle and Worthwhile Sounds Present

Ross Osteen Band Album Release Show

Eric Congdon

Thu, March 21, 2019

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


This event is all ages


Ross Osteen Band
Ross Osteen Band
Come join us for “A Night of Blues”, as we present some of the classic blues you know and love, along with the soulful roots rock it inspired . Featuring Ross Osteen Band, and special guests!

With a voice that summons the guttural howls of John Fogerty, and guitar work that ranges from the front porch to outer space, Ross Osteen joins the powerful blues/rock scene of the deep south. The songwriter was born in western North Carolina placed in the midst of an eclectic music scene ranging from bluegrass to rock, and beyond. Eventually all of his influences aligned to form his bluesy sound, and he hit the road.

Ross has played blues shows with notables such as Jimmy Thackery , and Kim Wilson of the Fabulous Thunderbirds . He also shared the stage with legend Buddy Guy. There’s no doubt his style of musical soul searching will allure listeners.

Let’s not forget the driving pulse of the band, Patrick Gaynor. Growing up in New York, he was constantly pulled in by the hypnotic southern sound of the Allman Brothers. A sound which lures listeners in on songs like “Fools Gold” from their album titled “Glenhead Station”. Patrick eventually moved south to find a band that could satisfy his blues cravings, and after a few tries, he meets a like minded musician named Jim Vint.

Pulling an array of dynamic bass lines from influential players like, Jack Bruce of Cream, Jim holds the breadth of the bands sound together solidly. Though they never met prior to the band, Jim also hails from New York. Jim also jammed with a number of musicians in western North Carolina before finally meeting Ross in one of the sessions.

The hunger for a blues band between the three eventually reached a fever pitch, and they started a boogie that is still running years later.

Since the Ross Osteen Band started in 2014, they have played a number of shows from Georgia to New York to Chicago, with a very memorable appearance with Buddy Guy on one of their songs titled “Hold Back”. All the while, growing a local fan base in western North Carolina. They released their self titled album in 2015, followed by their second release “Glenhead Station” in 2016. The band just released their latest single “Mannish Boy” from the upcoming album “Williwaw”. Ross Osteen Band continues to hone their sound into an energetic blend of blues, roots, and southern rock.
Eric Congdon
Eric Congdon
Guitarist Eric Congdon channels Chet Atkins

Guitarist Eric Congdon has a low-key virtuosity. His finger-picking guitar style radiates both skill and charm, and his instrumental material incorporates everything from blues to bluegrass. Whether playing solo or with a small ensemble, Congdon's forceful yet delicate style doesn't flaunt as much as it insinuates. The N.C.-based Congdon has been playing for 30 years, and he fell in love with the fingerpicking style early on.

“I just love it,” he said, “whether it's blues, country or anything else. It's just being able to play the rhythm, the chords and everything yourself.” “It's really challenging to do it right, but it's fun. You're almost like a whole band in one if you can do it.” Congdon counts Tommy Emmanuel and Rev. Gary Davis among his influences, but he started with one of the best guitarists ever. “I love Chet Atkins, and digging into his music is how I learned about Tommy Emmanuel and a lot of other players,” he said. “And it was just a process of digging and listening to albums and watching videos.”Though Congdon has focused on instrumentals, he's written more than 500 songs, many of which also have lyrics. He's refreshingly blunt about why he's moved toward instrumentals.
“I've written a lot of songs with vocals, but to be honest, I don't think I'm a particularly good lyricist,” he said. “I've found that a lot of what I was trying to say was clichéd, and I decided to think about the music for a while. So I dug into the melodies and chords, and I found my voice that way.” Congdon says that even without lyrics, his songs can be autobiographical. “I know a lot of the songs I've composed are very emotional,” he said. “I have one on the new CD, a really simple acoustic jam, that's called 'The Second Kiss,' which is about my second child Emily, who's autistic. And if you listen to the music, you can hear there's some bittersweet longing in the music. I try to think along the lines of, 'What am I trying to convey musically?' And to say that without words is very challenging.”
Venue Information:
The Grey Eagle
185 Clingman Ave
Asheville, NC, 28801