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Giles Corey (blues musician)

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Chicago blues artist Giles Corey
Giles Corey performing with Syl Johnson at the 1997 New Orleans Jazz Festival, New Orleans, Louisiana

Giles Corey, (born Andrejs Osis, March 31, 1975) is an American guitarist[1], singer, and songwriter of Chicago blues, Funk music, and Soul music. Corey is a Delmark Records recording artist,[2] the current band leader of Giles Corey's Stoned Soul,[3] and former bandleader and co-founder (together with drummer Rick King) of "Lubriphonic.[4]" Born in Trumbull, Connecticut[5] 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[6], and Corey 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.

Giles Corey
Birth Name Andrejs Osis
Also known as The Kid
Born (1975-03-31) March 31, 1975 (age 49)
Birthplace Trumbull, Connecticut
Residence Bridgeport, Chicago, IL
Genres Soul, Blues, Funk, R&B
Occupation guitarist, singer, songwriter, bandleader
Associated Acts Stoned Soul, Lubriphonic, Mississippi Heat,

Billy Branch, Otis Rush, Syl Johnson, Magic Slim,

Eddie "The Chief" Clearwater, Buddy Scott, Marty Sammon

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[7] 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.[8]

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.[9]

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.[10]

Corey said about his start with Buddy Scott:[11] The best advice I ever got was from my first boss, Buddy Scott (his grandson, Joewaun Scott, is on my album). The advice is not verbal. I would take the 63rd street bus to his house on Wednesdays, and he would show me “what you need to know to work as a guitar player in Chicago.”  I still use those skills. He said, “You got those fast fingers, but that won’t get you work.  You’ve got to get your rhythm and comp down.” That’s the truth—for anyone.


  1. Corey, Giles (March 30, 2018). "Summer 2018 in Millennium Park: Here's a first look at Broadway stars, jazzy fests and movie nights". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  2. "COREY, GILES / STONED SOUL -CD *DELMARRK 834". Delmark Records. 2018-06-25. Retrieved 2019-02-03.
  3. "Giles Corey's Stoned Soul, Delmark Records, CD review". Retrieved 2019-02-03.
  4. Foundry, The Theme (2013-04-25). "Rick King Dishes Recipe for Lubriphonic". BG - Blues And Music News. Retrieved 2019-02-03.
  5. Mitchell, John. "Giles Corey's Stoned Soul | Album Review". Retrieved 2019-02-03.
  6. Corey, Giles (6/1/2018). "Giles Corey Blues Fest 2018 Appearance". Check date values in: |date= (help)
  7. dvcrow56 (2014-05-08). "Giles Corey review…May 7, 2014…". donandsherylsbluesblog. Retrieved 2019-02-06.
  8. "Feb 7 - Bluesday Tuesday with Marty... - FitzGerald's". Retrieved 2019-02-08.
  9. "Feb 7 - Bluesday Tuesday with Marty... - FitzGerald's". Retrieved 2019-02-08.
  10. "Feb 7 - Bluesday Tuesday with Marty... - FitzGerald's". Retrieved 2019-02-08.
  11. Corey, Giles (November 2, 2013). "Chicagoan Giles Corey talks about Syl Johnson, Buddy Miles, Buddy Scott, Lubriphonic and Windy City". Blues Network. Retrieved November 2, 2013.

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