Joan Osborne's commercial breakthrough came in March 1995 when released the album Relish.
The NYC Film School student found herself drawn away from her studies and to the New York downtown roots music scene where she played in small clubs for years. After independently releasing her debut album, 1991's Soul Show: Live at Delta 88, she signed with Mercury Records which released Relish. On the back of the single One of Us, the album received critical acclaim, receiving a nomination for Album of the Year and eventually going triple platinum.
The Relish 20th Anniversary Edition will be available on October 30 in three separate formats, featuring expanded liner notes written by Chris Talbott and a variety of bonus tracks. The single-CD version includes the original demo of One of Us, with songwriter Eric Bazilian accompanying Joan on guitar; a demo version of Pensacola in a completely different, reggae style featuring the entire band, and the previously unreleased track, Mighty One, from the Relish recording sessions.
The 20-track digital bundle, available in both standard and HD digital formats, includes the three bonus tracks mentioned above as well as the previously unreleased Here Comes What's Coming, recorded at the same time as Relish and 4 live B-sides, among them a version of One of Us, performed for WXPN's World Café plus St. Teresa and Spider Web, both recorded for KSGR in Austin. Finally, there's a version of Crazy Baby recorded live from the Gavin Triple A Convention in Boulder, CO.
A double-LP Relish without bonus tracks will also be released at the same time.
Osborn is currently on tour with Mavis Staples:
- 10/07 - Phoenix, AZ - Musical Instrument Museum
- 10/08 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre
- 10/10 - The Woodlands, TX Dosey Doe Coffee House
- 10/11 - Baton Rouge, LA - Manship Theatre
- 10/24 - Clinton Township, MI - Macomb Center for the Performing Arts
- 10/26 - Binghamton, NY - Anderson Center for the Arts
- 10/27 - State College, PA - Eisenhower Auditorium (Penn State University)
- 10/28 - Tarrytown, NY - Tarrytown Music Hall
- 10/30 - Stony Brook, NY - Stallar Center for the Arts
- 10/31 - Washington DC, VA - George Washington University
- 11/01 - Newport News, VA - Ferguson Center for the Arts
- 11/03 - Morristown, NJ - Mayo Performing Arts Center
- 11/04 - New York, NY - Kaufmann Concert Hall
- 11/06 - Schenectady, NY - Arts Center & Theatre of Schenectady
- 11/07 - Boston, MA - Celebrity Series of Boston
- 11/08 - Providence, RI - Providence Performing Arts
- 11/10 - Keene, NH - Colonial Theatre
- 11/11 - St. Johnsbury, VT - Lyndon Institute Auditorium (*headliner)
- 11/12 - Portsmouth, NH - Music Hall - Portsmouth
- 11/14 - Englewood, NJ - Bergen Performing Arts Center
- 11/15 - Richmond, VA - University of Richmond
- 11/18 - Atlanta, GA - Georgia Institute of Technology
- 11/19 - Oxford, AL - Oxford Performing Arts Center
- 11/21 - Cutler Bay, FL - South Miami Dade Cultural Center
- 11/22 - Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall