Joan Osborne has rightfully earned a reputation as one of the great voices of her generation — both a commanding, passionate performer and a frank, emotionally evocative songwriter. A multi-platinum selling recording artist and seven-time Grammy nominee, the soulful vocalist is a highly sought-after collaborator and guest performer who has performed alongside many notable artists, including Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, Luciano Pavarotti, Emmylou Harris, Taj Mahal, and Mavis Staples, to name a few.
Osborne has showcased her far-ranging talent during three residencies – including one at The Carlyle Hotel in New York City titled Joan Osborne Sings The Songs of Bob Dylan. After receiving tremendous critical acclaim, Osborne felt this would be a great chance to work out an idea she had of doing a “Songbook Series” of albums — the way Ella Fitzgerald did with the songs of Gershwin, Cole Porter, and others — but with the songs of more recent writers. Dylan was an obvious choice.