NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
PERFORMANCES ON NPR’S
WXPN “FREE AT NOON,”
NATIONAL RADIO SHOW BLUE PLATE SPECIAL,
BRING IT ON HOME,
Due March 27th
Fairfax, VA (January 23, 2012) — Joan Osborne kicks off her national tour with two New York City Winery performances March 27th and March 28th that will feature her hits and new songs from her brand new album, BRING IT ON HOME, due March 27th on Saguaro Road Records). The first leg of the tour continues through mid- April and includes markets such as Philadelphia, Charlotte, Nashville & Louisville. Ms. Osborne will hit the road again later in the spring & summer with dates in the Mid-West and on the West Coast.
During the first leg of her North American tour, Joan will make special appearances on several national NPR radio shows including the prestigious Mountain Stage, nationally syndicated program Blue Plate Special, leading radio station WXPN’s “Free At Noon” performance hour, and more.
BRING IT ON HOME is Osborne’s first album of hand-picked vintage blues and soul songs, a collection that fans have long been asking for and Osborne herself delighted in making. The recording sessions were electrifying, as the singer/songwriter tapped into her lifelong love of blues and R&B and unleashed her impassioned vocals. Osborne’s vocal style and artistic taste were such a natural fit for the songs that she recalls an impromptu jam which turned into the album’s lead track, “Shake Your Hips” by Slim Harpo. “I knew the song well from the Stones’ recording, and from hearing other bands and singers do it on the NYC blues club circuit where it’s a staple,” Joan explains. “Without really discussing it, Jack (Petruzzelli) played the signature guitar lick, the band fell in behind him, I remembered the lyrics and we were off like a racehorse out of the starting gate. No need to over think this one, it just feels good.” After just two weeks at the Triple A radio format, the track quickly shot up the FMQB chart and is currently at #35.
Produced by Joan and her longtime music director/guitarist Jack Petruzzelli, they were joined by Joan’s longtime bandmates as well as guests Barbecue Bob Pomeroy (harmonica), Allen Toussaint (piano on his own “Shoorah! Shoorah!”) and vocalists the Holmes Brothers and Rufus Thomas’ daughter, Vaneese Thomas. Jimmy Vivino, Conan O’Brien Show Band musical director, assembled all horn arrangements and also played electric piano on “I Don’t Need no Doctor.”
Joan Osborne has sold millions of albums and garnered multiple Grammy nominations throughout her critically and commercially acclaimed career. In addition to her own headlining tours, she has sung lead vocals for The Dead (formerly the Grateful Dead) and was featured in the award-winning film Standing In The Shadows of Motown.
The first leg of Joan Osborne’s North American tour includes the following performances, with more dates to be added:
March 27 New York, NY City Winery
March 28 New York, NY City Winery
March 30 Norfolk, CT Infinity Hall
March 31 Londonderry, NH Tupelo Music Hall
April 1 Albany, NY The Egg
April 4 Alexandria, VA Birchmere
April 5 Annapolis, MD Ramshead
April 6 Philadelphia World Cafe
April 7 Tarrytown, NY Music Hall
April 9 Raleigh, NC Lincoln Theater
April 10 Charlotte, NC Visulite Theater
April 12 Knoxville, TN Blue Plate Special
April 13 Nashville, TN 3rd & Lindsley
April 14 Louisville, KY Headliners
April 15 Morgantown, WV Mountain Stage