One of my absolute favorite performers at Detroits 2006 JazzFest on the Campus Martius stage..Joan Osborne.
Joan Osborne is probably most well known for her pop hit “One of Us” which was written by Eric Bazilian of the Hooters. Aside from many of Osbornes great songs Bazilian also wrote many of Cyndi Laupers big hits.
Erik Della Penna, guitar and keyboards. Not only writes, plays and records with Joan Osborne, but also is the guitarist in Natalie Merchants band – another of my all time favorite artists.
(Eriks band is called Kill Henry Sugar – you should check them out too)
Holding down the funk on the bass..
Catherine Russell joined the band for a song – Catherine also sang at Jazzfest, and recorded the Raylettes style backups on “Spider Web”
” I got high last night
And I took my man to his wifes front door..
But shes a .45 packing woman,
I wont be doing that no more…”
Joan also covered Bob Dylans “Make You Feel My Love”.
Recently shes been playing with Phil Lesh and some of the former Grateful Dead, and she did a heartbreaking version of the Deads “Brokedown Palace”
Joan Osborne sang in the stunning “Standing in the Shadows of Motown” documentary of the mighty Funk Brothers. She closed with a blockbuster version of a Motown song she sang in the movie – intense enough to bring tears to your eyes:
“What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted”