Joan Osborne sings soul, blues, R&B and folk, and has probably used arrangements in each of those styles onstage in the last 19 years for her huge hit single, “One Of Us.”
She will perform a seated-acoustic show Tuesday, June 3 in the Crystal Bay Casino. Just 250 tickets will be sold.
Osborne, who performed last summer at Mammoth Lakes Bluesapalooza, has played in recent years with Trigger Hippie, a supergroup which includes Jackie Greene and Steve Gorman. She’s also toured with the Funk Brothers and was featured in the esteemed Motown studio band’s 2002 documentary film “Standing in the Shadows of Motown.” She’s also appeared with Phil Lesh and Friends.
However, Osborne is best known for her 1995 album “Relish,” which included “One Of Us,” an existential blues-pop song that continues to receive radio play. She has been able to avoid the categorization of blues artist and is mostly called a singer-songwriter.
Here’s what her website has about her new record:
Osborne wrote or co-wrote every song on , “Love and Hate,” making it her most intimate record yet. “These songs resonate especially deep for me. I feel like I’ve grown so much as a songwriter, using simpler and simpler language, getting to the heart of the matter in a purer way.” Osborne co-produced , “Love and Hate” with Jack Petruzzelli (Patti Smith, Rufus Wainwright) and recorded the album in the woods of Pennsylvania and her current hometown of New York City. The pair previously collaborated for Osborne’s “Bring It On Home,” which was Grammy nominated in the Best Blues Album Category last year.
Of the concept behind Love and Hate, Osborne explains, “The image I keep coming back to is that of a beam of white light: we think it’s one thing, but when you shine it through a prism, you see that it’s made up of many different colors, different frequencies. Love isn’t just one thing either; it can be made up of faith and passion, power struggles, humor, anguish, deep spirituality, lust, anger, everything on that spectrum. People we love can bring out the very best and the absolute worst in us, and we can do that to them, too. Love is always a risk.”
The soulful vocalist, who counts such legendary artists as Etta James and Ray Charles as influences, has toured extensively with her own band and as a member of the Dead. She was one of the original artists on Lilith Fair and has performed alongside many notable musicians, including Bob Dylan, Luciano Pavarotti, Stevie Wonder, Emmylou Harris, and Patti Smith, to name just a few. Osborne’s debut album Relish produced the massive MTV and international radio smash, “One of Us.” Osborne is currently a member of the rock band/creative collective Trigger Hippy formed by Black Crowes drummer Steve Gorman along with Jackie Greene, Tom Bukovac and Nick Govrik
When: 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 3
Where: Crystal Bay Casino Crown Room
Tickets: $27 in advance; only 250 to be sold for seated show (booth seat $47)