One-hit wonders have two choices when the fanfare dies down and the musical cognoscenti have moved on to the next big thing: Get out of the music business or go in a different direction.
Joan Osborne (she of the ubiquitous "One of Us" megahit in late 1995) took the latter route, and the road she has traveled will bring her to The Wilbur in Boston on Wednesday night for a unique show featuring some very special guests.
Joan Osborne's "Dylanology," featuring special guests Anders Osborne (no relation) and Robert Randolph, will perform an entire evening of Bob Dylan songs. The show will feature a full band and encompass two complete sets of music. Tickets are $37 to $59 and are available at www.thewilbur.com and through Ticketmaster.
The show supports Joan Osborne's most recent album, 2017's "Songs of Bob Dylan," on which she covers some of Dylan's biggest 1960s and 1970s hits, including "Tangled Up in Blue," "Rainy Day Women #12 and #35" and "Highway 61 Revisited," and then some of his later material as well, including "Dark Eyes," "Ring Them Bells" and "Tryin' to Get To Heaven."
Far from the baggage surrounding most one-hit wonders, Osborne is a seven-time Grammy nominee and multiplatinum singer and songwriter. "Songs of Bob Dylan" is her ninth studio album.
In the wake of "One of Us," she took a bit of a detour and went on "Austin City Limits" in 2001.
In 2005 and 2006, she performed on numerous occasions with Phil Lesh and Friends. In 2007, she appeared at the Grand Ole Opry. In 2009, she performed as a guest vocalist on "Sgt. Pepper Live," the album and DVD from Cheap Trick.
She remains a member of Trigger Hippy, a supergroup of sorts that features former Black Crowes members Steve Gorman and Jackie Greene.
Her journey has gone in many directions, and she'll be heading to Boston next week. Check it out!