Moses Oakland

A native of San Francisco, guitarist and singer Moses Oakland came of age with the "San Francisco Sound" bands of the '60s. After a seven year break from professional playing, he returned to the scene in 1984 with the late Oakland, California bluesman Haskell "Cool Papa" Sadler. In Cool Papa's band he got to work and sit-in with many of the Oakland blues notables like Beverly Stovall, "Little Ronnie" Hogan, Birdlegg and the steel guitar master, Freddie Roulette .

In 1987 he arrived, with his family, in St. Paul, Minnesota. Soon after that, he became a fixture at the Monday Night Blues Jam at St. Paul's Blues Saloon, where he became the leader of the house band, Monday Blues , from 1990 until its close in January 2000. During this time he performed in backing bands with Hubert Sumlin, Cash McCall, and Syl Johnson, as well as opening shows for Junior Walker and the All Stars, Kelly Hunt, Savoy Brown and Sue Foley.

He played the house gig at Blues Alley during the Summer of 1995 with Michael Pendergast, Donnell "Papa D" Woodson and Vincent Dommio. The Summer of 1996 found him working with Paul Holland, Randall Pye and Shane, as The Butterbeans. 1997 included a six week tour in France playing with Nicolas Toussaint, Brett Forberg and Greg Russell, and work on Nicolas' Cold Wind Records CD, "C'est si Bon." In 1998-9, he was guitarist for the Twin Cities R&B band, Power of Ten.

Moses Oakland and Friends hosted the jam every Sunday for nearly 15 years, from May 2000 to November 2014, at Famous Dave's BBQ & Blues, In Uptown Minneapolis.

Currently, he can be found around the Twin Cities, playing his guitar and singing with his smokin' Blues/R & B/Jazz quartet, featuring Jason Craft: organ, Charles Fletcher: bass & Donald "Hye Pockets" Robertson: drums.

Moses and Paul Holland also appear together as an acoustic singin'/guitar-playin' duo.


For more information, booking or just to say "hi,"
Call Moses at (612) 378-0886
Or e-mail Moses at: moses@moseso.com
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