Big Daddy ‘O’ Bio

At 6’ 6 “ Big Daddy 'O' is an engaging presence on Stage. His large frame supports an even larger voice thatby Susan Poag / The Times-Picayune pulsates from a powerful shout down to a beautiful whisper. For more than thirty years Big Daddy ‘O’ has been playing in roadhouses and bars in the delta area near the Louisiana/Mississippi border. Rabadash Records "discovered" Big Daddy 'O' playing at Betty’s Bar in Amite, Louisiana at the turn of the century. Now a decade and 3 critically acclaimed CD’s later Big Daddy ‘O’ is finally reaching a national audience. His approach to performing songs makes each song sound like his own, and everyone who has the pleasure of hearing him loves his big beautiful voice and good-natured presentation. He performs as a solo with his acoustic guitar custom made for him by guitar Luthier, Scott Quiroz in San Diego, or with a full hard hitting Blues Band demonstrating his considerable blues chops on his 1969 Les Paul Deluxe.

The last decade has seen Big Daddy 'O' perform from Hawaii to Florida, Seattle to New Hampshire on Large stages and intimate clubs, he is universally loved by his audience wherever he plays. Airplay on over 300 radio stations around the world, including nationally syndicated shows. Big Daddy ‘O’ has been featured on Dan Aykroyd’s House of Blues Radio Network Reaching # 4 above Eric Clapton on that network for the Year 2008. He has achieved "pics to click"  for three separate cuts on XM Bluesville Radio, Which is broadcast via satellite all over the North America. Of course he’s a mainstay on WWOZ in New Orleans, Louisiana where he got his start singing as a child in his family's barbershop quartet. At the age of 19 he became a street musician in the French Quarter, singing and playing guitar, and stealing licks where ever he could. He tried a year at LSUNO- enjoying only music classes & concerts he decided not to stay but that's where he met his wife Gretchen. They spent 8 years traveling in Arkansas & Texas with the band, The Borderline Boogie Blues Band Baby. Finally, ready for their own home, they moved out to the country to raise their family. His music has matured in the roadhouses and bars of Louisiana and Mississippi, establishing a strong fan base through his powerful rapport with each listener.

Big Daddy ‘O’ Starts out 2010 with his fourth release on Rabadash Records entitled “Used Blues” release date April 30th. His New CD showcases Big Daddy ‘O’s hard driving blues side and his smoking electric guitar playing. On top of this Big Daddy ‘O’s music is being featured in the award winning animated feature length movie “The Magistical”

Through 2010 with more and more shows, radio airplay both national and international and his music being used in the movies, Big Daddy ‘O’ is enjoying his success. It’s a family business with his wife Gretchen greeting his fans with a big hug and selling CD’s at every Gig. When people ask her, which CD is the best, she always say’s with a confident smile “Just start with the first one cause I know once you get that one you are going to have to have them all.”

That’s how it is with Big Daddy ‘O’s music. Once you hear him, he gets into your heart. You are going to want more. “A bear of a man with an epic, drooping mustache and long ponytail, Tufts is not afraid to show his softer side, regardless of the setting.”(1)

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1.(Keith Spera, Times Picayune)

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Blues Blast Magazine - Reviews Used Blues by host

Released last year at the end of April, Big Daddy “O”’s fourth CD is a smoking hot mix of blues offered up by a man who has paid his dues and then some. Owen Tufts is his name, and with thirty-plus years of playing the roadhouses and ten years of CD releases and playing to larger venues with some more exposure he is surely hitting his stride as evidenced here.

Used Blues on Off Beat by

  As the title implies here, most of these songs have been around the block more than once. But that’s not to say that they’re all worn out. Big Daddy ‘O’—Owen Tufts—has a laid-back, engaging style that works especially well when he plays in minor keys, which he does enjoyably often. Case-in-point is the opener, “Life Is Hard,” a slow blues that grimly reminds us “Life is hard, and then you die."

By Jeff Hannusch (Off Beat)


NOLA - Used Blues by BDO

 Owen "Big Daddy O" Tufts ranks among the most underrated and underappreciated blues artists in south Louisiana. He has crafted a succession of unpretentious, extremely listenable excursions in both acoustic and electric formats. His latest finds his inviting voice couched in sympathetic arrangements built with organs, saxophones, guitars and drums. The sly "Better Off With the Blues" is indicative of his understated approach. So, too, his swinging cover of "Johnny B. Goode."

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Life's Harmony, by Keith Spera by host
Big Daddy O's acoustic blues a hit at French Quarter Festival by
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