Still Not Playing it Safe:
Joan Osborne to Play the Big Stage on NYE
American Roots & Beyond
Since she broke through with the acclaimed multi-platinum Relish and its touchstone mega-smash “One of Us,” this 7x Grammy nominee has never played it safe.
Osborne has followed her restless musical heart, exploring a diverse range of genres: pop rock, soul, R&B, blues, roots rock, gospel, funk, western country and even tours with various Grateful Dead offshoots – all of which can be heard on her latest release, Trouble and Strife.
“For a lot of the record, we were going for a ‘70s radio vibe,” says Osborne. As for the lyrics, the eleven songs “are the most political I’ve ever written,” she conveys of her first album of originals since 2014’s confessional Love and Hate.
Osborne also produced the album, recorded in her Brooklyn basement studio and released on her own label, Womanly Hips. Described as a trojan horse of a record – here is music that is energizing, melodic, and hummable, with lyrics that call out the corrupt, the despicable and the destructive.
It’s been quite the journey since the woman AllMusic.com declared “the most gifted vocalist of her generation” moved from small-town Kentucky to attend NYU film school in the 1980s. Osborne’s astounding voice drew attention when she joined with the fun times at open mic nights in downtown clubs, which eventually led to 1995’s Relish, rightfully tagged as “one the best major label debuts of the 90's”.
“Where critical consensus, popular approval and enduring appeal unite” (American Songwriter)
Joining Ms Osborne on stage at the Saratoga New Year's Fest will be a superb musicians' musicicans type of full band that includes several musicians who played on her very popular Songs of Bob Dylan LP: guitarists Jack Petruzzelli, Nels Cline, and Andrew Carillo, keyboardist Keith Cotton, bassist Richard Hammond and drummer Aaron Comess.
Joan Osborne & Friends: NYE @ City Center Ballroom