Listen as Musician JOAN OSBORNE Discusses the 20 Anniversary Release of Her Hit Album “Relish”, That Hit Song “One Of Us” and Much More!
Posted On 06 Nov 2015
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Originally from a small town outside of Louisville, KY, Joan Osborne moved to New York to attend NYU Film School in the late ‘80s, but gravitated toward the vibrant downtown roots music scene, playing clubs for years. Osborne then formed an independent label, Womanly Hips, and released her debut, a live album dubbed Soul Show: Live at Delta 88 in 1991, where she showed off her roots in folk, country, blues and rock.
Signing with Mercury Records, Osborne’s major label bow, Relish, came out on March 21, 1995. Produced by Rick Chertoff, who released the album on his own Blue Gorilla imprint at PolyGram, Relish features such supporting performers as multi-instrumentalist Rob Hyman, bassist Mark Egan, Jeff Buckley collaborator Gary Lucas, and the Hooters’ Eric Bazilian, who not only played guitar, mandolin, sax, harmonica and electric piano, but penned Osborne’s hit song, “One of Us.”
This track catapulted the album to #9 on the Billboard charts and eventually triple-platinum in sales. Relish earned a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year and nominations for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for Osborne. In addition, “One of Us” was nominated for Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
The Relish 20th Anniversary Edition became available on October 30th in three separate formats, featuring expanded liner notes written by Chris Talbott and a variety of bonus tracks. The single-CD version includes the original demo of “One of Us,” with songwriter Eric Bazilian accompanying Joan on guitar; a demo version of “Pensacola” in a completely different, reggae style featuring the entire band, and the previously unreleased track, “Mighty One,” from the Relish recording sessions.
The 20-track digital bundle, available in both standard and HD digital formats, includes the three bonus tracks mentioned above as well as the previously unreleased “Here Comes What’s Coming,” recorded at the same time as Relish and 4 live B-sides, among them a version of “One of Us,” performed for WXPN’s World Café plus “St. Teresa” and “Spider Web,” both recorded for KSGR in Austin. Finally, there’s a version of “Crazy Baby” recorded live from the Gavin Triple A Convention in Boulder, CO.
Osborne, who has toured with the Dead as well as her own band for the past 20 years, has also toured with the legendary Motown sidemen, The Funk Brothers, and appeared with them in the acclaimed 2002 documentary, Standing in the Shadows of Motown. This fall, she hit the road with Mavis Staples.
Learn more about this talented songstress in the following All Access phone interview: