Neil Osborne is back at Tractorgrease with his Solo Acoustic show. Hear the stories behind some of 5440's greatest hits in amsmall cozy venue. Tickets are $45 and includes the CD : La Difference: A History Unplugged.
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NEIL OSBORNE BIOGRAPHY
As lead singer and chief songwriter of 54•40, Neil Osborne has achieved critical acclaim, released a dozen albums and weathered the fickle music business for more than three decades. He is known primarily as a rock musician but is also an accomplished producer often taking the production reins of 54•40 albums and is also a songwriter of amazing depth and clarity.
54.40’s body of work is impressive. After thirty years in the musical trenches, the band have varied their sound and earned proven commercial success via impressive record sales from ten studio albums, two greatest hits packages and a double live album. “One clue to 54•40’s longevity lies in their ability to make music that has a distinctly individual sound yet covers many styles - tender ballads, fiery rockers, provocative political songs, self-confessed lyrically banal romps.” Kerry Doole reported in Impact.
As a songwriter Osborne has penned such fabulous signature 54•40 songs as ‘I Go Blind’, ‘One Gun’, ‘Since When’ and ‘Ocean Pearl’’ which have crossed from the realm of rock to a broader base. His lyrics range from the most politically astute observation to the most innocent love song and everything in between.
Besides penning over 20 charting radio songs, Neil Osborne has been very active participant in the overall production of every 54•40 album. Most notably Neil co- produced Casual Viewin’ (Columbia) with Matt Johnson.
Osborne has produced several albums for other artists Cara Luft, Vince Vaccaro, Hearts and Wires, Paloma, Victoria’s Jets Overhead, and his own daughters’
project “Kandle” for Montreals’ Dare To Care Records
2003 saw the release of 54•40’s tenth studio album ‘Goodbye Flatland’. Still fresh after all these years, the offering harkened back to the bands humble beginning with smart lyrics and a sharp rock edge. Produced by Neil and recorded in the band’s own studio, the album manages to sound new but still undeniably 54•40.
After recording 2005’s Yes to Everything with producer Warne Livesay, Osborne continued his production work along with band mate Dave Genn, Osborne produced the critically acclaimed 12th and 13th releases for 5440 “Northern Soul (True North) and Lost In The City (Smilin’Buddha). In 2016, 54•40 reimagined many of their now classic songs in an album titled La Difference: A History Unplugged. It is with that “unplugged” intimate story telling spirit that Osborne performs his solo shows.