Joan Osborne Acoustic Duo, Special guest Kenny Roby - 8/18Sunday, August 18 2013 6:00pm Doors / 8:00pm Start
About Joan Osborne Acoustic Duo
Keith Cotton on keyboards, background vocals, guitars
“I knew when the time was right and my voice was ready, I wanted to make a recording like this one,” says Joan Osborne.
That recording is Bring It on Home, a collection of vintage blues, R&B and soul songs that make up the seventh album from the Grammy-winning, multi-platinum artist. It’s an apt title—for Osborne, ...Home marks a return to her musical roots. “I cut my teeth in New York blues clubs singing songs like this,” she remembers. “I’d do three or four one-hour sets per night. That’s where I really learned to sing.”
Despite her long history with the music, it was only recently that the singer felt like she was ready to put some of those standards on record. “There’s a texture and richness to these songs that singers don’t have right away, that I didn’t have when I started out,” she says. “But the more I’ve done this, the more tone and depth I’ve developed. This was the time.”
Besides Bring It on Home and its accompanying spring tour, Osborne is keeping incredibly busy, working on her “stone rocking” side project Trigger Hippy (featuring Black Crowes drummer Steve Gorman, ex-Black Crowes guitarist Audley Freed, singer/songwriter Jackie Greene and bassist Nick Govrik), finishing up an album of her own original music, and playing some intimate gigs with band mate Keith Cotton. Plus, there’s motherhood, listening to new music (“The Black Keys…they get it. We’re not doing polite music. There’s a rawness to it, and they understand that”) and discovering the wonders of Glee, the hit TV show that just used her breakthrough single “One of Us” in a recent episode. “My college-aged nieces were thrilled,” she says, laughing. “I got a lot of excited text messages when that happened.”
If it sounds like Osborne is having the time of her life, credit the recording of Bring It on Home. The record reminded the singer of what music is all about. “These songs, they’re a remedy--they get me out of my head,” she says. “These songs put the music back in my heart and my soul.”