Osee Anderson Biography
Osee Anderson, a Chicago native, is a multi-talented figure on the international music scene. As second guitarist for the Lonnie Brooks Blues Band, Anderson has toured the U.S., Canada and Europe impressing audiences and critics with his scorching, innovative musical contributions to any group. Anderson’s 1986 – 1989 three year stint with Lonnie Brooks produced aggressive contributions as lead and rhythm guitarist on two of Lonnie Brook’s Alligator Record albums. Anderson left Lonnie Brooks shortly after opening for Robert Cray. Once on his own, Anderson formed Osee Anderson and The Hit Squad the weekend before his first gig at The Motor City Blues Festival in Detroit, Mi. in August of 1989. Osee Anderson and his Hit Squad performed between blues greats Koko Taylor and Lonnie Mack. In September of 1989, Anderson moved to California and formed the first Californian Hit Squad. They played all over Southern California; including backing Otis Rush at the 1990 Long Beach Blues Fest. While in California, Osee Anderson taught at G.I.T. Guitar Institute of Technology in Hollywood. And Willie Dixon sat Anderson down and taught him the business of music he’d experienced over the years. Anderson appeared at the Benson and Hedges Guitar Workshop at Musicians Institute with Bernie Pearl hosting. Other musicians appearing were Guitar Shorty, Joe Louis Walker, Tony Matthews, Lowell Fulson, Phil Upchurch, Terry DeRonen. In March of 1991 Anderson headed into the studio to record Old School, Nu School which was released in Febuary of 1992. Anderson and the Hit Squad then embarked on an extensive tour from San Diego to Vancouver Island, Winnipeg to Las Vegas. Osee Anderson who began his professional career at age thirteen, has performed with R&B vocalist Ruby Andrews, also The Staple Singers, Ann Peebles, The Emotions, Jerry Butler, Al Green, Billy Paul, The Chi-Lities, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Millie Jackson, James Cotton, Big Jay McNeely, Big Time Sarah, Billy Branch, Sandra Hall, Raful Neal and family, Albert Collins, Phil Guy, Pinetop Perkins, Lefty Dizz, Lonnie Brooks, John Mayall, the Father of Rock & Roll Johnnie Johnson, Buddy Guy, and Junior Wells.
Osee Anderson producer
Producing music provides another arena for Osee Anderson to exercise his talents. He served as staff producer and arranger for Gerim Records. Songwriting with songs recorded by James Cotton, Lonnie Brooks and Raful Neal is another priority of Osee Anderson’s activities. Osee played first soprano bugle for three years in the ‘D.C.I. World champ’ Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps. Self taught with a formal music degree from Grambling State University, he played viola with four local Louisiana symphonies. Osee Anderson formed a funk band (Uncle Remus) in Baton Rouge where he be-friended a freshman from Southern University named Brantford Marsalis; briefly recruiting Marsalis into the funk band where they traded licks. Osee Anderson recorded his second self produced CD Smokin’ NOT! Jokin’ live over three nights at the Black Pearl Club, Park City, Utah in March of 1994 with the studio cuts done in Orange CO., California during April and May 1995. Osee Anderson’s third CD, Catching The Sunset, was released in 2002.