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Joan Osborne has rightfully earned a reputation as one of the great voices of her generation — both a commanding, passionate performer and a frank, emotionally evocative songwriter. Osborne is widely known for her beloved hit song,“(What If God Was)One of Us,” as well as her live performances of “What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted” and “Heat Wave” in the GRAMMY Award-winning documentary Standing in the Shadows of Motown. A multi-platinum selling recording artist and seven-time GRAMMY Award nominee, the soulful vocalist and noted song interpreter is a highly sought-after collaborator and guest performer who has performed alongside many notable artists, including Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, Luciano Pavarotti, Emmylou Harris, Taj Mahal, and Patti Smith to name a few.
Osborne’s latest solo recording, Love and Hate, is one of the most personally-charged, creatively ambitious efforts of her two-decades-plus recording career. Love and Hate is the product of an extended birth cycle that spanned no less than seven years—a period during which Osborne released two other albums and worked on an assortment of other musical projects. She and co-producer/guitarist Jack Petruzzelli—with whom she also recorded 2012's Bring It On Home, which was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Blues Album category—had initially intended to make a lush, pastoral album in the mold of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks or Nick Drake's Pink Moon. But as she continued to write songs for the project, Osborne found herself drawn towards more personal subject matter.
"Jack brought me some pieces of music," she explains, "and as I started putting lyrics and melodies to them, the lyrics that I was coming up with started to present a theme. It seemed very clear to me that these songs wanted to be a record about romantic love, so I didn't fight it."
The resulting album—which, in addition to Osborne's sublimely expressive vocals and Petruzzelli's stellar guitar work, features instrumental contributions from Wilco guitarist Nels Cline and Spin Doctors drummer Aaron Comess, and backup vocals by Gail Ann Dorsey, Catherine Russell and Ollabelle member Amy Helm—more than justifies the amount of time and energy that went into its creation.
Check out Long Island Pulse Magazine article: http://lipulse.com/2016/08/25/joan-osborne-becomes-lightning-rod-american-music/
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Sag Harbor American Music Festival
The Sag Harbor American Music Festival was created to celebrate the unique community of Sag Harbor through a weekend of FREE live performances of Jazz, Blues, Folk, R&B, Americana, Rock, Pop & more. Running September 29 - October 2, 2016, the sixth annual Festival will feature a main stage concert Old Whalers Church, 2 FREE days of music, a live music Dance Party and an original concert film of American Music Legends. Public outdoor locations and local shops, galleries & restaurants offer a variety of FREE performances on Saturday & Sunday.
The Sag Harbor American Music Festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible. 86% of the Festival budget goes towards the musicians and related production expenses. Festival income is used to support local school music programs and free live music performances throughout the year.