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Joan Osbourne: Dylanology

"Sexy and sassy, rough and ragged. As a singer, Joan Osborne has one of those voices."

Pop Matters

Cotuit Center for the Arts and Payomet Performing Arts Center are thrilled to present the joys of Joan Osborne and Bob Dylan to Cape Cod this holiday season with a special and electric performance, Joan Osborne's DYLANOLOGY.

On her latest album Songs of Bob Dylan, Joan unleashes her sizable gifts as a vocalist and interpreter upon The Bard’s celebrated canon, as the seven-time Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum-selling singer and songwriter, whom The New York Times has called “a fiercely intelligent, no-nonsense singer,” winds her supple, soulful voice around Dylan’s poetic, evocative lyrics, etching gleaming new facets in them along the way.

“I try not to do a straight-up imitation of what someone else has done,” Osborne says. “Like if you're going to sing an Otis Redding song, you're never going to out-Otis him so you shouldn't even try. So I always try to find some unique way into the song, and also to pick songs where the intersection between the song and my voice hits some kind of sweet spot. It was a joy being able to sing these brilliant lyrics. It's like an actor being given a great part. You are just so excited to say these lines because they're so powerful that it lifts you up above yourself.”

Joan 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, 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.

"... a remarkable evening showcasing Osborne’s versatility as both a dynamic singer/songwriter and a sensational song interpreter..."

The Binge

Joan Osborne - DYLANOLOGY
Sat, Dec 22, 7pm
at Tilden Arts Center in Barnstable