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Jane Voss & Hoyle Osborne

Vaudeville Blues – Early Jazz – Ragtime – Early Country Music

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Jane Voss & Hoyle Osborne will be singing and playing vaudeville blues, early jazz, ragtime, and early country music in a concert, [time] p.m., [date], at [venue].  They will be celebrating the release of their newest CD, “Never No More Blues” with songs from American roots musicians of the 1920s.  Jane Voss will also be singing several of her own excellent songs which grow out of the American roots traditions.

Voss & Osborne have been performing together since 1976, appearing in concerts and music festivals from coast to coast.  The folk music magazine, Sing Out!, said, “The duo virtually created their own hybrid of Bay Area folk-blues and jazz.”  Jazz critic Phil Elwood wrote in the San Francisco Examiner, “Voss is a marvelous singer, Osborne is a master keyboard craftsman.”

They have always included music from the Jazz Age in their shows and on their albums, but “Never No More Blues” is the first album they’ve made that is entirely focused on vintage American roots music.  For the album they enlisted the help of four brilliant San Francisco Bay Area musicians, playing fiddles, banjos, guitars, mandolins, and tuba.

The new CD especially emphasizes the great women singers of the 20s like Ma Rainey, Alberta Hunter, and Bessie Smith.  On the country side, they do several songs from America’s Blue Yodeler, Jimmie Rodgers.  Hoyle leads the group in two ragtime classics plus “Ape Man” from the Chicago blues piano pioneer, Jimmy Blythe.

Jane Voss is an outstanding songwriter.  Her songs are strongly based in American roots traditions, especially old-time country music and classic blues.  Many other fine folk artists have sung and recorded her songs.  The late, great Greenwich Village singer Dave Van Ronk made a double-CD inspired by and titled after Voss’s “To All My Friends in Far-Flung Places.”  The song has also been recorded by Rosalie Sorrels and Chuck Pyle (assisted by Jennifer Warnes).  Jane’s other most-recorded songs are “Keep in Mind (That I Love You)” and “The Thing That Makes You Beautiful.”

Hoyle Osborne is a masterful and versatile pianist, perhaps best known for playing ragtime at The Diamond Belle Saloon in Durango, Colorado.  He also entertained on the Mississippi River steamboats, Delta Queen and Mississippi Queen.  He makes a brief appearance, playing piano in an Old West saloon, in a scene with Harrison Ford in the 2011 film, Cowboys & Aliens.


photo by Gabriel Montex, Bosque Photography photo by Pat Wolk