Review by Richard Brody
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk
It was April Fool’s Day on Sunday, but there were no fools in the sold-out Swyer Theater at The Egg in Albany. Everyone there had come for a party, and as Joan Osborne moved onto the stage with every part of her body in sensual motion and dug into “I’m Qualified,” there was absolute certainty that they were in the right place.
Ms. Osborne was in FINE voice, and the 90-minute set was heavy with songs from her very recently released CD “Bring It On Home.” This is a tactic that might not work for many performers, but Ms. Osborne’s fans were up for anything she wanted to do, and with the help of her superb band, she received the first of several standing ovations early in the set for her rendering of Slim Harpo’s “Shake Your Hips.” The song featured “Barbecue” Bob Pomeroy who delivered several scorching harmonica solos that soared over the fat bottom supplied by drummer Aaron Comess and bassist Richard Hammond.