Conrad Oberg's SPOONFUL

Music follows many paths, and good music will lead you along that path. That’s what happens when you listen to the new CD Spoonful by Jacksonville’s own Conrad Oberg. This is Conrad’s seventh album and to celebrate with his hometown fans he will be hosting a CD release party on Friday, May 10th at Mojo Kitchen in Jacksonville Beach.
Conrad’s musical abilities are enormous and his appetite for discovering new and old varieties and differing styles of music makes this album a showcase of not only great tunes but also Conrad’s guitar and keyboard prowess. The songs range from driving rock tunes like ‘She’s About A Mover’ and ‘Black Betty’ from the late 60s to a Chuck Berry-inspired ‘Mojo Mofo.’ He has sprinkled in a Chet Atkins rendition of ‘Mister Sandman’ along with ‘Toolpusher,’ one of Conrad’s originals crafted in the mode of the 60s Ventures/Dick Dale era.
The album has a very comfortable feel, and Conrad’s 18-year-old voice has matured and gained significant range. Conrad recorded all the guitar, bass, piano and organ. His regular touring drummer, Melanie DiLorenzo provided the percussion. The outcome is a carefully crafted collection of great tunes we used to call “driving music”…hit the road and crank it up.
Blind since birth, the 18-year-old piano and guitar phenom taught himself to play music on a toy piano at age two and a half. By the time he was four, Oberg could play anything he heard, and was performing live at weddings and public events.
On his 10th birthday, Conrad recorded his first album with Jerry Lee Lewis’s band at Sun Studio in Memphis and was given his first guitar. Within a year, the young boy was fronting his own band, headlining major rock and blues festivals throughout the country.
In 2008, 12 million Cartoon Network viewers chose Conrad as the most talented teen musician in the country, and as a result he was featured on their show Props! along with Robert Randolph and the Family Band. A year later at the age of 15, Conrad was given the ultimate honor when he was chosen to open the 40th Anniversary of Woodstock, at the site of the original festival in 1969. At Woodstock, Conrad performed a solo version of ‘The Star Spangled Banner,’ in tribute to Jimi Hendrix.
Conrad will be launching the national release of Spoonful with this special event at Mojo Kitchen on Friday, May 10th. Pre-release advance copies of the Spoonful CD will be available at the show. For ticket info visit www.conradoberg.com

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