And family has always helped shape his musical perspective. "I get a lot of knowledge from my grandparents Marie and Jimmie Osceola. They tell me stories about how they struggled. They teach me language and culture, about the tribe, and how it used to be when they were growing up. They teach me to never give up and to be proud of who you are."

Today, those experiences have shaped Cameron into an awesome musician who speaks through his six-strings. "I don't really talk. I'm not that outgoing. Guitar is the way to convey what I feel. The greatest players are not the most technical players but the ones who can take what they're feeling and make the audience feel it too."

The Osceola Brothers play with so much feeling that even other blues artists give them props. Journeyman musician Derek Miller, from the Mohawk Territory of Canada, has an album with Vaughan's old backing band, Double Trouble, and a track with Willie Nelson. He once shared a bill with the Osceolas, and after they finished playing, Cameron remembers, "he came up to us on the side of the stage and talked to us for a half hour. He said he liked what we're doing and that we're playing music young kids shouldn't know about."

Triple trouble: The brothers Osceola.
Courtesy of the Osceola Brothers
Triple trouble: The brothers Osceola.

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Esplanade Park

400 SW Second St.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

Category: Parks and Outdoors

Region: Fort Lauderdale

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Osceola Brothers: Part of the Fifth Burger Beast Burgie Awards Block Party (see more, page 20) with Los Bastardos Magnificos; DJ sets by Afrobeta and Pinchadiscos. 5 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, February 1, at Esplanade Park, 400 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale. Admission is free. Visit theburgies.com.

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But Cameron does know. He knows all about the origins of the blues. "It originated from African slaves being in pain," he says. "They didn't have a way to let their feelings out, 'cause nobody wanted to hear what slaves had to say. So they sang hymns in the fields and made makeshift guitars out of string and wood. And that led up to the electric guitar. Everything is the baby of the blues: rock 'n' roll, hip-hop, R&B... Everything originated from the blues. Every music we have."

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