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Conrad Oberg- Young Blues Wonder!

(photo:www.conradoberg.com)

12 year old Conrad Oberg of Jacksonville, Florida is more than just a young guitar wonder. Born 3.5 months premature, at under 2 lbs-- it was a wonder that Conrad survived. On top of that, young Oberg is blind except for 15% vision in one eye.

Except for being white, Conrad fits the classic stereotype of a bluesman. But he hasn't let the "white" thing or stereotypes hold him back. Music is shaped by those who focus on the heart and soul. And historically, some of the strongest musical focus has come from artists who, ironically, lack the sense of physical sight.

Conrad, like most of our Young Guitar Wonders, was demonstrating his talent by age 3, and plays keyboards too. Performing in public for the last 7 years; touring many of the Blues fests and venues across the South has brought Conrad into contact with several of our greatest living and recently passed Blues legends. Like an old soul himself, he seems right at home with such company as Ray Charles, Dr. John, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Guy, Pinetop Perkins, Honeyboy Edwards, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, etc.

www.conradoberg.com is loaded with videos, photos and a great bio. Discover more about Conrad, and check for his appearances should you happen to be around the South, USA this Summer.

Pop culture is a lot like popcorn; little kernels puffed up with hot air. The real power of soul is ensured when young artists come along who mystically, but very naturally celebrate the roots and substance of our music culture.

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