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Joan Osborne Brings It On Home in Studio A

by John Platt

I've been a fan of Joan Osborne for years. I've introduced her at least a half-dozen concerts over the years, and she never fails to bring it, whether she's with her band or doing a duo concert with her keyboardist Keith Cotton. Yet, even though we've schmoozed a bit backstage, I'd never had the chance to have her as a guest. So you can imagine my excitement when we were able to arrange a sesison, which will air this week on the Sunday Breakfast. And, yes, she did bring it to Studio A, too!

Joan came with her regular band, which is really the A Team: Keith on keyboards, Richard Hammond on bass, Aaron Comess on drums, and Andrew Carillo on guitar. She performed four songs from her brand new CD, Bring It On Home (coming out on Monday), which is an interesting (and unpredictable) collection of blues, R&B, and soul covers, co-produced by Jack Petruzelli of the Fab Faux.

We talked a little about her heroes, especially the women, such as Aretha Franklin, Etta James and Tina Turner. She did the Otis Redding song which Etta recorded, "Champagne and Wine" and the very funky "Game of Love," which Tina Turner sang and which basically says, what's good for the goose is good for the gander. Hard to believe Ike Turner wrote it! There's actually a kind of feminist undercurrent running through the CD, which makes it even cooler.

I'm convinced that Joan can sing anything, but she really cuts loose on these songs, which are right in her wheelhouse. Do you have any favorite Joan Osborne moments? Hope this will be one of them.