Joan Osborne To Headline Sag Harbor Music Festival


SHAMF 1608-Joan-OsborneJoan Osborne, a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter known widely for her hit song, “(What if God Was) One of Us,” will headline The Sag Harbor American Music Festival with a performance at the Old Whalers Church on Friday, September 30 at 8 p.m. Osborne will perform as a trio alongside Jack Petruzzelli and Andrew Carrillo.

Osborne earned a reputation as a passionate performer and an emotionally evocative songwriter, leading to performances alongside legendary artists like Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, Luciano Pavarotti, Emmylou Harris, Taj Mahal and Patti Smith, to name just a few. A multi-platinum selling recording artist and seven-time Grammy Award nominee, Osborne’s latest solo recording, “Love and Hate,” is one of the most creatively ambitious efforts of her two-decades-plus recording career.

The record is the product of an extended cycle that spread over seven years — a period during which Osborne released two other albums and worked on an assortment of other musical projects.  She and Petruzelli, a guitarist and music producer, had initially intended to make a lush, pastoral album, 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 said, “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 expressive vocals and Petruzzelli’s 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 Amy Helm, the daughter of Levon Helm from The Band.

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