Joan Osborne Takes On Life’s Major Questions With ‘Nobody Owns You’

[Cover photo credit to Laura Crosta]

Vocalist and songwriter Joan Osborne is returning with Nobody Owns You, out September 8th, 2023, on Womanly Hips Records and produced by Ben Rice (Valerie June, Norah Jones). While the Grammy-nominated singer’s 2020 release Trouble and Strife took a “frank and honest look at our socio-political landscape,” Nobody Owns You finds Osborne “contemplating life’s major questions.”

The single “Great American Cities” is out now, a “rebuttal of right wing TV pundits disparaging America’s urban centers.”

As the writer and co-writer on all twelve new songs, Osborne shares her personal beliefs and also comments on the current climate in the US, as she does on this first track.

Osborne shares:

I go to these cities all the time, and while they have issues like anywhere, they are full of life and energy and creativity and joy. This song came from my desire to celebrate America’s big cities and challenge the disinformation that’s being put out about them.

Joining Osborne on the album is Ben Rice, who adds banjo, along with Cindy Cashdollar on lap steel, Dave Sherman on piano, and Jack Petruzelli on baritone guitar. Backing vocalists Rachel Yamagata and Catherine Russell contribute harmonies throughout much of the album. Jill Sobule adds another layer of sound on “Child of God” and “Lifeline.”

Osborne is currently on a headline tour. She has shared the stage with artists ranging from Stevie Wonder and Mavis Staples to Bob Dylan and Lucinda Williams.

Joan Osborne 2023 Tour Dates

August 11 – Portsmouth, NH – Jimmy’s Jazz & Blues Club
August 12 – Amagansett, NY – The Stephen Talkhouse
September 15 – Natick, MA – The Center for Arts in Natick
September 20 – Hummelstown, PA – The Englewood
September 22 – Old Saybrook, CT – Kathrine Hepburn Cultural
September 23 – Bethlehem, NH – The Colonial Theatre
September 24 – Homer, NY – Center for the Arts of Homer
September 26 – North Tonawanda, NY – Riviera Theatre
September 28 – St. Louis, MO – City Winery St. Louis
September 29 – Evanston, IL – Space
September 30 – Minneapolis, MN – Dakota
October 6 – Goshen, CT – Blackbear Music Fest
November 8 – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre
November 10 – Portland, OR – Aladdin Theater
November 12 – Great Falls, MT – The Newberry
November 14 – Berkeley, CA – Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse
November 15 – Grass Valley, CA – Center for the Arts (Grass Valley)
November 16 – Venice, CA – The Venice West
November 18 – Cincinnati, OH – Memorial Hall
November 19 – Bristol, TN – Paramount Center for the Arts
November 21 – Frankfort, KY – Grand Theatre
November 30 – Vienna, VA – The Barns at Wolf Trap
December 1 – Sellersville, PA – Sellersville Theater
December 3 – Charleston, WV – Mountain Stage
December 5 – Atlanta, GA – Center Stage
December 7 – Roanoke, VA – Shaftman Performance Hall at Jefferson
December 16 – Fairfield, CT – The Warehouse
December 31 – Saratoga Springs, NY – The Saratoga City Center Ballroom

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