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Joan Osborne Sings the Songs of Bob Dylan /USA/
"Last year I went shopping to a supermarket, as always, when pushing the cart, I tried to filter out the pop sound smog from the speakers, when suddenly I could hear familiar intimate tones. It was Joan Osborne and her hit One Of Us from the nineties, one of the few really great songs that were played in the radio in that decade. Immediately the singer´s whole career stroke my mind, and I realized what a pity it was I had never heard her alive. And because most of her work touches blues and related genres, I took it as a challenge for BLUES ALIVE, " Ondřej Bezr, the festival's dramaturgist remembers the moment he had thought she would be one of the artists approached for this year.

Indeed, although the hit One Of Us included her in the same "party with pop musicians of the 90's as Alanis Morissette or Tori Amos, her musical feelings and her expressions are very different. The famous album Relish (1995), with the mentioned hit moves somewhere on the edge of rock, blues and folk. In the following years, Joan Osborne made a number of albums, in which she loosened the reins of blues love even more freely, including How Sweet It Is (2002), singing songs of soul and rock giants such as Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, or Jimi Hendrix. Then Bring It On Home (2012), a blues cover album from the repertoire of Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon or John Mayall. Her quality is shown by the fact that she was nominated for Grammy in the blues category. Joan Osborne's blues are also to be remembered by the fact that at the end of the 90's, she invited Holmes Brothers trio as her supporting band, who successfully and repeatedly performed concerts in the Czech Republic including BLUES ALIVE, and the singer subsequently produced several of their albums.

The last record of Joan Osborne so far is last year's Songs of Bob Dylan - the most impeccable name to make. The album of the Dylan coverings, often blues ones was recorded in her own special way. And this repertoire is going to be heard at BLUES ALIVE. Judging from the song lists of her concerts, we probably will not even miss her biggest hit. It will be for the first time alive and in the original version in the Czech Republic.

 

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