Pretty Little Stranger

Pretty Little Stranger

by Joan OsborneJoan Osborne


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Anyone familiar with Joan Osborne's exemplary body of work knows she's never been too far removed from the country world -- the Kentucky native has never tried to hide her Bluegrass State drawl, but she's never dug this deep into rustic and New Traditionalist-style country. Produced by Steve Buckingham (architect of Dolly Parton's bluegrass triumphs) and backed by a stellar lineup of Nashville-based virtuosos, Osborne delivers uniformly powerful performances on songs she penned (six in all) and on covers from the likes of Beth Neilsen Chapman, Kris Kristofferson, and others. A trio of Texas giants named Rodney Crowell, Roy Orbison and Will Jennings, whose melancholy beauty "When the Blue Hour Comes" inspires Osborne to one of her most nuanced, heartbreaking performances ever. But Osborne's own songs are as good as any here. She gets into a low-down, funky groove on "Who Divided," a thumping howl protesting love gone wrong; articulates both fury and fatalism with an eloquence worthy of Rosanne Cash in title track, a song rich in twang and foreboding atmosphere; and digs deep for a mesmerizing, folky confession "Shake That Devil." Her version of the Grateful Dead's "Brokedown Palace" traverses some rich gospel territory, and her countrypolitan treatment of Kristofferson's "Please Don't Tell Me How the Story Ends" evokes no one less than Patsy Cline. One of the great voices of her generation, Joan Osborne can sing anything; but if she wants to hang around country for awhile, so much the better for the music -- and sophisticated listeners.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/14/2006
Label: Vanguard Records
UPC: 0015707981026
catalogNumber: 79810
Rank: 88988

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joan Osborne   Primary Artist,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Alison Krauss   Vocal Harmony
Rodney Crowell   Vocal Harmony
Steve Gibson   Electric Guitar
Sonny Landreth   Slide Guitar
Eddie Bayers   Drums
Steve Buckingham   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Tambourine
Dan Dugmore   Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
Vince Gill   Vocal Harmony
John Hobbs   Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer
Carmella Ramsey   Vocal Harmony
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Reese Wynans   Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer
Charlie McCoy   Vibes
Tim Lauer   Accordion,Pump Organ
Bryan Sutton   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Bouzouki
Wes Hightower   Vocal Harmony
Tania Hancheroff   Vocal Harmony
Gordon Moat   Piano
Dan Tyminski   Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

Rodney Crowell   Composer
Kris Kristofferson   Composer
Jerry Garcia   Composer
Roy Orbison   Composer
Robert Hunter   Composer
Larry Henley   Composer
Steve Buckingham   Producer
Neal Cappellino   Engineer
Tony Daigle   Engineer
Patty Griffin   Composer
Will Jennings   Composer
Red Lane   Composer
Marshall Morgan   Engineer
Joan Osborne   Composer
Georgette Cartwright   Creative Services Coordinator

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