Singer Joan Osborne rose to prominence on the wings of the ‘90s alt/rock curiosity/triviality “One of Us” and its specious-but-tuneful theological speculations. All the other hits from Relish, however, described a very different kind of musical personality: the soaring street folk of “St. Theresa” and the torn-larynx mid-tempo Stonesy groove of “Right Hand Man.”
From the title to the horn charts to the analogue tape saturation, Osborne’s 2012 release Bring It on Home is as self-consciously retro and vintage as any album that I have heard since Matt Costa’s 2010’s fan letter to Donovan Leitch and Brian Wilson, Mobile Chateau. But Osborne has always been a soul interpreter in an age of singer/songwriters, and her gutsy voice cries out for exactly the kind of revved-up soul workouts that this delightful album delivers.
Joan Osborne and her right-hand man, New Paltz-raised keyboardist Keith Cotton, will be performing as a duo at the Bearsville Theater on Friday, March 29. Jill Andrews will open. Tickets cost $30, $40 and $50. The show begins at 9 p.m. The Bearsville Theater is located at 291 Tinker Street in Woodstock. For more information, call (845) 679-4406 or visit https://bearsvilletheater.com.