J Oscar Bittinger writes and plays acoustic-folk-rock-pop. Rocking traditional styles and he brings a “city smooth” to the rural rough. Smart and soulful songs bring an uplift – you feel “this is happening now.” The setting may be modern, in the past-made-present, or imagining some future, but J Oscar’s lyrics are plain-spoke poetry, a “word guy” some say. But the tales and talk are carried along on melodies that sound traditional one moment, then move to something more pop and modern the next.
Listen for new recordings of J Oscar in 2016.
Things They Say
…a far better guitar player than I remember. Rhythmic and energetic, really filled out the songs. I’m impressed!
Joel D Canfield
“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.”