Joan Osborne (Photo courtesy the artist)
Joan Osborne achieved breakthrough fame and success in the ’90s with “One Of Us.” It didn’t come overnight, though; she had been playing small clubs for years. And while she still sings that song, her career arc has gone back to mining much of the interpretive work in roots music she came up doing. Along the way, she’s received a Grammy nomination (for Best Blues album for Breakfast in Bed), recorded the songs of Bob Dylan and others, and still found time for her own original songs along the way.
Joan’s influences are eclectic, but she probably draws most heavily from the blues, so it’s fitting that she began her performance at The Birchmere recently with a cover of Muddy Waters’s classic “I Want To Be Love,” which she recorded on Bring It On Home.
Joan Osborne (Photo by Jeff Fasano)
In support of her acclaimed new album Radio Waves, singer/songwriter Joan Osborne performs at The Birchmere in Alexandria, Virginia, on Thursday, March 31!
Billy Bragg (Photo by Jacob Blickenstaff)
Inspired by Billy Bragg’s recent Mother’s Day video release for his song “Can’t Be There Today,” City Winery and Billy are co-producing a special multi-artist Mother’s Day concert that will be broadcast on YouTube on Sunday, May 10.
Joan Osborne (Photo courtesy Paradigm Agency)
In 1995, Joan Osborne’s hit song “One of Us” was inescapable. Joan’s powerful vocals imprinted on teenagers like me, and I can see still her face from the music video on MTV rotation. That face appeared again to pay homage to Bob Dylan at City Winery recently.