Grammy-nominated artist Joan Osborne. Photo courtesy of Joan Osborne
Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Joan Osborne talked about her new music and upcoming show on April 30 in Long Island, New York.
Patchogue Theater Show
On Saturday, April 30, Osborne will perform at the Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts in Long Island, New York.
On this show, Osborne will be joined by singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Amy Helm. “First of all, I’m excited because our good friend Amy Helm is opening the show and we love it. There’s a chance we’ll sing together and that’s really exciting,” she said.
“Fans can expect material from ‘Radio Waves‘, and we will be doing songs from ‘Trouble and Strif’, which came out in 2020 during the pandemic. Fans also love the songs from the ‘Songs of Bob Dylan’,” she said.
“We always like to do songs from the ‘Relish’ album, they’re fan favourites. We could also do songs from the ‘Bring It on Home’ album, which was Grammy nominated for ‘Best Blues Album ‘” she added.
To learn more about this upcoming concert at the Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts, visit the the site of the place by clicking here.
Album “The radio waves”
Osborne recently released a collection of live studio radio recordings titled “Radio Waves” on Feb. 22 (via her Womanly Hips Records imprint). The 13-song album is a unique, hand-picked assortment of Osborne’s favorite and most gripping live appearances, culled from over 100 radio station performances over his 25-year career.
After the 2020 release of his critically acclaimed ‘Trouble and Strife’, Osborne canceled his touring plans and went through lockdown like many others – visiting projects on the back burner and sorting through the contents of old shoeboxes dusty.
She admitted that for her album “Radio Waves” she was not going for a certain theme. “We started with a few favorite tracks and then we wanted to add things to that,” she said.
What Osborne found buried deep in his closets are relics of those lost performances; live recordings of time capsules highlighting the dynamism of lightning that makes her a fascinating performer.
Radio Waves’ tracks cover a wide range of styles and sources, neatly displayed in the album’s bookends – starting with “St. Teresa” from a KCRW session in 1995 and ending with a take of “Everybody is a Star” by Sly and the Family Stone performed at KROQ in 2002.
Osborne’s silky vocals, soulful, smooth instrumentation from veteran accompanists Andrew Carillo and Jack Petruzzelli, and a keen ear for soulful song selections, are consistent throughout “Radio Waves.” Inspiring stylistic choices span classics like Stevie Wonder’s “Love’s in Need of Love Today” and Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love,” plus deeper cuts like Bill Withers’ “Same Love That Made Me Laugh” and “Toshi Reagon” by Toshi Reagon. True love.”
Osborne listed the “St. Teresa” and “Dream a Little Dream” as her personal favorite songs on the “Radio Waves” album. “It’s such a unique thing,” she said of that last track. had never performed this song live, but I used to sing it to my daughter to put her to sleep at night,” she said.
Background by Joan Osborne
Throughout her 25-year, multiple Grammy-nominated career, Osborne has never been an artist confined to one space. She used her incredible voice through her own songs while becoming one of the best performers of her generation. “Radio Waves” is a living document of this.
Osborne is an eight-time Grammy nominee and recording artist. Originally from Kentucky, she moved to New York to attend NYU Film School, but dropped out after becoming involved in the downtown New York music scene.
His 1995 album “Relish” was a critical and commercial success and spawned the international hit single and video “One Of Us”. She directed the video for Relish’s second single “St. Teresa” and created the artwork for the album’s physical packaging.
She has traveled the United States and the world for over twenty-five years, performing in clubs, theaters, arenas and stadiums, with her own band and as a featured singer.
On the key to longevity in the music industry, Osborne said, “You have to really enjoy the process. I started doing this a long time ago because I love the live aspect, whether it’s in small clubs or bigger theaters. I loved it even in very small clubs.
“Also, try to go out and do your best every time. We are so grateful that we can do this for a living. It’s such a privilege and it’s thanks to the fans who keep coming back to the shows. I always try to give my 110% and really put everything I can into a show to show my appreciation to the fans,” she added.
The digital age
She opened up about being an artist in the digital age. “It’s hard,” she admitted. “It is difficult for people to earn a decent living and pay their bills. The fact that hardly anyone pays for recorded music has really reduced people’s incomes. Now it’s all about touring. For me, touring is great, it’s my first love and I don’t mind doing it. For many people this is very difficult.
“The digital age is great for fans to have access to music. You can discover new things that you wouldn’t otherwise be aware of,” she added.
Advice for musical hopefuls
For budding young singer-songwriters, Osborne said, “Working a little bit each day putting together pieces of songs, whether it’s lyrical or melodic ideas or poems. That way, when you sit down to write a song, you have plenty to start with and you’re less likely to procrastinate.
“For the singing part, I would say try to go as far as you can in building an audience on your own. If you can start it on your own and prove to yourself that it works and you have something to offer , then you will learn more and have more confidence,” she added.
On the title of the current chapter of her life, she said with a soft laugh, “My daughter is about to go to college and I’m freaking out.”
In his Dream Male Duos department, Osborne listed Wilco’s late George Jones and Jeff Tweedy. “There’s something about Jeff Tweedy’s voice that’s cool and interesting,” she said.
If she were to have a super power, it would be to “heal people” simply by “touching them or casting a spell”.
As an alternative career choice, she would be “yoga instructor”. “It would be my imaginary job because I would be in great shape all the time,” she said.
Osborne defined the word success as “finding what is unique and special about you and contributing it to the world in a way that makes you realize you are making a contribution.”
For his loyal fans, Osborne concluded, “Thank you for sticking with me. I’m not ready to quit yet, so let’s get ready for some more fun.
To learn more about Joan Osborne and her new music, visit her official site.