Modern Sounds with Oscar Wilson | Martyrs’ | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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Oscar Wilson

Christophe Losberger

Modern Sounds with Oscar Wilson Free Recommended Soundboard

When: Thu., Dec. 1, 9:30 p.m. 2016
This is an interesting pairing for Martyrs’ long-running Big C Jamboree, held the first Thursday of every month and typically featuring rockabilly. Headed by clean-toned guitarist Joel Paterson, the Modern Sounds are like a more R&B-influenced Chet Atkins, forsaking pop standards for early-50s jump blues with echoes of rockabilly and swing. Meanwhile south-side vocalist Oscar Wilson is usually heard singing straight Chicago-style shuffle blues with the Cash Box Kings. But Wilson’s blustery pipes are expressive enough to fit into almost any scene, and against the backdrop of the Modern Sounds’ more genteel boogie they might give both sides a kick in the behind—according to Paterson, Wilson’s a walking encyclopedia of blues lyrics going back to Robert Johnson’s time.
— James Porter



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