|Birth name||Andrejs Osis|
|Also known as||The Kid|
|Born||March 31, 1975 |
|Genres||Soul, Blues, Funk, R&B|
|Associated acts||Stoned Soul |
Eddie "The Chief" Clearwater
Giles Corey, (born Andrejs Osis, March 31, 1975) is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter of Chicago blues, Funk music, and Soul music. Corey is a Delmark Records recording artist, the current band leader of Giles Corey's Stoned Soul, and former bandleader and co-founder (together with drummer Rick King) of "Lubriphonic."
Born in Trumbull, Connecticut and a resident of South Side, Chicago since 1993, and a graduate of the University of Chicago, Corey is a long time member of three time Grammy Award-Nominated Billy Branch's Sons of Blues, and has toured worldwide with Otis Rush, Billy Branch, and Mississippi Heat. Corey has also done stints with Buddy Scott, Magic Slim, Carl Weathersby, JW and the Chitown Hustlers, and dozens of other Chicago blues musicians.
His pseudonym, "Giles Corey" comes from the name of the wealthy landowner stoned to death for allegedly being a warlock in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692. Corey was reading Arthur Miller's play The Crucible in high school at the same time his band needed a name. Fans of the band incorrectly assumed Corey, bandleader of the "The Giles Corey Band" was named "Giles Corey," a pseudonym that has endured with Andrejs Osis.
After graduating the University of Chicago in 1997, Giles joined Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues. This was a pivotal gig for the young guitar player, and his first exposure to national and international touring. In addition, Giles played some shows and recorded with Syl Johnson and Buddy Miles at this time. In 2001 Giles was hired by his long-time guitar hero, Otis Rush, to play in his band. Giles toured with Otis Rush until the elder guitarist's 2004 stroke sadly made live performances impossible.
In 2001 Giles Corey, along with drummer Rick King and pianist Marty Sammon (both on this session) founded the band Lubriphonic. Marty soon left to join Buddy Guy's band, but Giles and Rick managed to release 4 studio albums, and one live album. Giles was the singer and songwriter for the band. Lubriphonic's relentless tour schedule and energetic work ethic honed the skills of an inexperienced songwriter and front man.
As Giles developed as a songwriter, he sought more of the truth he found in roots and blues music. Lubriphonic had been a fantastic live band with infectious rhythms and catchy horn lines. However, Giles longed to try other ideas, ones that did not fit within the rubric of Lubriphonic. When Lubriphonic stopped touring in 2011, the seed was planted for a new project.