J Oscar Bittinger writes & plays modern folk that pops
Traditional styles mix with messy modern sounds, the city-smooth blended with the rural rough. Soulful and thoughtful songs with grit and uplift. The setting may be contemporary, in the “past made present”, or imagined into some future, J Oscar attempts to create the feeling that “this is happening now”.
Using lyrics like plain spoken poetry, tales and talk are carried along on melodies that sound traditional one moment, then move to something more pop and modern the next.
New recordings by J Oscar (with band) in 2018.
Things They Say
…a far better guitar player than many folk-based songwriters – rhythmic and energetic, really filled out the songs. I’m impressed!
“I hear every single singer/songwriter I love from the early 60s….(J Oscar is) on at The Bitter End, right after Tom Paxton, and just before that kid Bobby Zimmerman. Powerful ethos of innocence and joy and well-deserved weariness.”