Giles Corey was the name of the character stoned to death in The Crucible, Arthur Miller’s allegorical play about the seventeenth century Salem witch trials. University of Chicago graduate Andrew Osis, who obviously has an interesting sense of humor, adopted the stage name Giles Corey then titled his first Delmark release Stoned Soul.
It’s not clear whether there were any crossroads or hell- hounds involved. Corey’s bio includes sideman credits as guitarist with Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues, Mississippi Heat (with whom he still makes guest appearances), Syl Johnson, Buddy Miles, and Otis Rush, with whom Corey played until Rush’s disabling stroke.
In addition, he has enjoyed a side foray into soul and funk with his band Lubriphonic, recording four studio sets with them. Developing his songwriting skills, Corey assembled the contemporary rock and blues unit, Stoned Soul in 2011 and hit the club circuit, scoring an ongoing residency at Chicago’s Kingston Mines.