Can a folk singer switch to blues?
Joan Osborne talks about her new experiment with the blues
- Duration 5:41
- Date Mar 26, 2012
Joan Osborne talks about her new experiment with the blues
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The first gonna start a little differently this week we have -- answer -- performs -- -- week by the swimming neat inside Joan Osborne a little jazzy bluesy performance so let's talk about the album this all came from John welcome thank you -- to be here thank you for being here and thanks for being in your forms of the week I'm excited it hearing it -- can be -- -- let's talk about it Al -- -- -- your seventh album bring it on home and I kind of -- -- up their blues -- to be solved.
So what inspired this.
Well I'd like to take credit for the idea but it actually wasn't my idea I was doing -- guest performance with the five Blind Boys Of Alabama is great gospel group.
And their record label approached me after the show and said we we love to hear you doing this kind of really raw.
-- material when you consider doing a record of covers of of this stuff and the first I was not all that excited about it because I had some other original music that I was working on it was kind of focused on that but.
You know the -- is sort of really took root in my mind has started thinking about what songs I -- choose to do it how I might do them and you know look slowly but surely I just I just kind of fell in love the idea.
How did you choose those songs there's some neat pick -- and do you get nervous because their songs that people -- -- you have to make sure to put your own twist on them.
You know it's definitely a fine line and the one thing I knew I couldn't do was do an exhaustive.
Search of the best the absolute best blues songs that there are because there's just too many to choose from -- -- -- -- like -- so.
So I just you know I had some in my mind that I really wanted to do the label had a couple suggestions that were great some things that were rare some things that were very well known.
And it as far as your question about the well known songs being intimidating they they very much are you know you have to.
You have to be really.
Judicious about it I mean if you're gonna try to out Muddy Waters at his own game you just can't do -- -- so you have to find your own way into the song and bring something unique to -- But on the flip side there something you just don't want to because people are so familiar with -- you don't wanna change them around too much yet there was a song that is.
Most familiarly done by Ray Charles -- I don't need no doctor and his performance of it is really incredible to great recording.
And we tried cases you know change it around a lot and and do some different arrangements but we realized that the arrangement that he had come up with was just the -- the best way to do it so we stuck with that.
And what -- blues music and TU in your career.
Well it's it's really the first music that I ever saying as a professional singer in in the clubs in New York City.
And it's it's the music that taught me how to -- and and really helped me find.
The expressed sadness and the selfless in the emotional quality that I love to hear -- other people's voices it helped me find that in my own voice.
With this kind of your your pay your do you Muzak the complete picture you tells the story you know you're starting out for you -- one of those small -- three plays.
An easy sell on as you have a good story and a lot of singers now you can obviously filled a room leg did you ever start out and maybe it was one of those -- Oh it's curious whether there are many many nights where we were playing in front of you know -- -- my rule was as long as there's more people in the audience than on the bandstand and then we have to play in his if not we can sit it out.
But yeah we used to play in his clubs on bleaker street in New York City and and a Saturday night weekly for one hour sets.
You know backup -- to back and and it was it was a great training ground you know because when you get to that fourth hour.
You kind of hallucinating and you don't you're so tired and -- -- run out a song so you're starting to repeat the same songs again but.
But he gets you to place he's so Lucy gets you to place creatively where you're surprising yourself so that was an actually an excellent training ground.
Yeah I can imagine and now what types of venues we be taking us -- music channel.
Will they be playing some really beautiful theaters all around the northeast who are also coming down south to.
The Carolinas -- going to be playing my -- -- of Louisville, Kentucky.
And Nash Ville and we're also going to be doing some work in California in May so we're taking it all around.
Great and you're also think city winery right lining here I had and you are they -- -- winery and I'm let me ask you about what you gonna ready ladies -- is obviously you're going to be taking from this without -- -- -- you also still play it like.
If god was one of one of us I know one of us is the technical title here and do you know played that and what do you think the audiences still -- -- to hear that song are you OK with that.
-- we we still play and we still play a lot of the songs from relish which was the album that that song came off of and I mean I you know I don't have a problem with that being a signature song for me I think it's such a unique song in in terms of it being a pop record you know it's it's.
-- that doesn't tell you what you're supposed to think but it asks you to search yourself about what you think about.
No spirituality and got an answer it's an unusual thing to have in a pop -- -- I I feel pretty proud to keep singing it and it.
It definitely has kept people's interests and hat has a life of its own you know police he had yet they yet -- -- -- and it was the theme song for a television show called Joan of Arcadia for awhile and it's been in movies and I think there's on the about the song that really touches people in and so it is still keeps killing.
Now what we be performing for us today I will be performing and Otis Redding song.
Called champagne in line it's not one of his hit big hit songs that people knew about but -- some really beautiful song that he wrote.
For his wife of of many years and it's it's a great song.
Very beautiful sentiment.
Thank you so much -- she -- set up animal wait for that and we're going to round -- the show with John -- Live performance there -- thank you -- very little -- -- -- getting albums were in line at home and we'll check in with.
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