Blues legend Paul Oscher, has had a run of bad luck, health wise. He has been in the hospital for greater part of last month with bilateral (double) pneumonia and pleurisy. He was moved on July 4th to a rehab facility to help him get his strength back and also strengthen his lungs. Paul has also been plagued with several other major medical conditions and diseases that have been challenging for him over the past several years. He is also suffering from myelofibrosis (a form of bone marrow cancer), diabetes, fascicular cramp syndrome, peripheral neuropathy in both feet and hands, and COPD. He is a mess.
Paul is best known for his stint as harmonica player for the great Muddy Waters from the the late 60's to the early 70's. He was the first white musician to play in Muddy's band and even lived in Muddy's house on Chicago's South side. Paul mastered the guitar by watching his boss, Muddy play and the piano by watching the great Otis Spann, who shared the basement with Paul in Muddy's house. Paul has played with and/or recorded with many major blues artists, such as T-Bone Walker, Otis Spann, John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy, Johnny Young, Johnny CopeIand, Big Joe Turner, Louisiana Red, Big Mama Thornton, Victoria Spivey and many more
In 2006 he collaborated with Mos Def and recorded the song "Bed Stuy Parade and Funeral March" on Mos Def's album gold album, "New Danger." He recorded with Keb Mo' in 2008 on the soundtrack of the film about the Blues, "Who Do You Love," and also he recorded on Keb Mo's "Suitcase Album. Paul was also featured playing harmonica, guitar and singing on Hubert Sumlin's Grammy Nominated Album, "About Them Shoes," along with Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, and Levon Helm.
Paul is the real deal. He is a real bluesman who can take you on a trip back to the time when the blues could feed your soul and make you whole.
Paul has a long recovery ahead of him, but is very anxious to get back to the stage, performing the blues he learned from Muddy and other bluesmen of that day.
Until he can get back out, he is going to focus heavily on completing his book about his life in the blues. It will be a tell all -a composit of multiple short blues stories rolled into one book, with illustrations and photos. Open it anywhere and you a great short story and illustration or photo
Your donation will help Paul with his living expenses while he recovers and works on the book. It will also cover the costs for putting the book together Please let Paul know your are thinking of him and if possible make a donation to help him through this difficult health issue and also with his book. Please share this with your friends and all the blues lovers out there.
He needs your help now. Thank you for supporting Paul and keeping the blues alive.