Hank Osborne


I am a recovering musician, paying it backwards for adventures past. I play a percussive, finger picking style on a Froggy Bottom guitar. Find me in the usual places (iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, etc.) as "Hank Osborne."







What is music to you? What does it give you?

Let's the Muse out to play.

What is your music dream?

Theme song in a major movie.

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

Fewer drum solos. Nah, just kidding, fewer bass solos... well, nope, maybe fewer guitar solos? Seriously? How about we start with an FCC-mandated, commercial-free news hour like we had back when television started - and get rid of the 24/7 realty shows that masquerade as news shows, but only strive for ratings and commercial investment, and are on the brink of destroying this young, fragile experiment in government we call democracy.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

Jesse Colin Young: Song for Juli

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

JJ Cale, Sting, Eric Clapton, Stephen Stills, Tom Waits, John Prine, Bonnie Rait, Bruce Cockburn, B.B. King, James Taylor, Mark Knopfler, John Mayer, Jesse Colin Young

What inspires you to make music?

The need to let the Muse out to play.

What is the message you want to send with your music?

Depends. Most of my songs are medicinal - or me just trying to figure something out - like love, or marriage, whatever.

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

Again depends. If they are not with me, I just close my eyes and focus on the music. If they are giving me energy, I try to keep my eyes open and work on my stage act.

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

Speaking strictly for the solo/duo acts out there, it seem to me that the pay scale has not gone up much since I did it for a living back in the 80s. That's a bit weird.

What do you think of Drooble?

very cool.

What frustrates you most as a musician?

Forgetting my own lyrics.

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

In a way, yes. I run an open mic once a week and put a lot of energy (and good equipment) to work to make sure that the audience and the musician(s) like the sound.

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

That's a tough one for me. Biggest audience I ever played for was a thousand people in Osaka - ask that question of someone whose done a big show.

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

Chris Kleeman Senie Hunt-Stewart Delaney Pickering