Joan Osbourne celebrates the blues with ‘Bring It On Home’
By Patrick Luce Dec 20, 2011, 19:07 GMT
Joan Osbourne is returning to her blues and R&B roots on her new album ‘Bring It On Home’ – which will be released on March 27th.
The new album is a collection of some of Osbourne’s classic songs, and a tribute to the music she drew inspiration from.
In a press release, the singer stated: “I knew that, someday, when the time was right and my voice was ready. I wanted to make a recording like the one you’re holding now.”
Osbourne personally selected the obscure gem “Roll Like A Big Wheel” from her own record collection and added rock n’ roll-fueled urgency to it. She also picked John Mayall’s “Broken Wings.” The album’s lead track is “Shake Your Hips” – which will hit radio in January.
‘Bring It On Home’ also includes tracks originally made famous by American blues masters such as Sonny Boy Williamson (“Bring it on Home”), Muddy Waters (“I Want to Be Loved”), as well as recordings originally released by some of the greatest R&B singers ever including Ray Charles (“I Don’t Need No Doctor”), Al Green (“Rhymes”) and Otis Redding (“Champagne and Wine”).
‘Bring It On Home’ was produced by Joan and her longtime music director/guitarist Jack Petruzzelli. It was recorded live in the Waterfront Studios in Hudson, NY by engineer Henry Hirsch (Lenny Kravitz), who used an original 24 track Studer tape machine to recreate the warm and organic analogue sound of the era.
Guest musicians include Barbecue Bob Pomeroy (harmonica), Allen Toussaint (piano on his own “Shoorah! Shoorah!”) and vocalists the Holmes Brothers and Rufus Thomas’ daughter, Vaneese Thomas. Jimmy Vivino, Conan O’Brien Show Band musical director, assembled all horn arrangements and also played electric piano on “I Don’t Need no Doctor.”
Joan Osborne has sold millions of albums and garnered multiple Grammy nominations throughout her critically and commercially acclaimed career. In addition to her own headlining tours, she has sung lead vocals for The Dead (formerly the Grateful Dead) and was featured in the award-winning film Standing In The Shadows of Motown.
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