Today we’re proud to premiere an exclusive track from the forthcoming Anders Osborne album, Peace as this week’s installment of OffBeat‘s “First Listen” series. “Sentimental Times” finds the guitar hero in his most reflective mode, with the horns adding a stately feel and Osborne playing a repeated guitar lick that gives the sense of time slipping away. He explains of the song: “It was a sunny day in New Orleans, spring of 2011. I picked up my J45 with old rubbery strings on it. It had been ten years since my Mother passed away. I strummed slowly and gently on my guitar and started to sing about two events that broke my heart. These are my sentimental times.”
Playing on the track with Osborne are Eric Bolivar on drums; Carl Dufrene on bass; John Gros on piano and French horn; Warren Riker on keyboards and Jason Mingledorff on clarinet.
The album follows Black Eye Galaxy and American Patchwork, both scorching and brutally honest records that were the most acclaimed of Osborne’s career. Earlier this year he released an EP, Three Free Amigos, none of whose tracks will be repeated on Peace. Containing 11 songs in all, Peace will be released next month on October 8.
Take a “First Listen” of the full “Sentimental Times” single off the new album, exclusively here on Offbeat.com until September 10.