now with even more funk !

One of dETROITfUNKs 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..

Dreamed about Ray Charles last night
And he could see just fine, you know…
I asked him for a lullaby
He said, ’honey, I don’t sing no more’..
No more, no more
Ray don’t sing no more

He said, “since I got my eyesight back,
My voice has just deserted me.
No ’Georgia on My Mind’ no more…
I stay in bed with mtv….”

Then Ray took his glasses off
And I could look inside his head
Flashing like a thunderstorm
I saw a shining spider web

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 Greatful Dead, and she did a heartbreaking version of the Deads “Brokedown Palace”

River going to take me, sing sweet and sleepy,
Sing me sweet and sleepy all the way back home.
It’s a far gone lullaby, sung many years ago.
Mama, mama many worlds I’ve come since I first left home.
Going home, going home, by the riverside I will rest my bones,
Listen to the river sing sweet songs, to rock my soul.

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”

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