Joan Osborne Shares Cover of Bob Dylan-Written Track 'Quinn The Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn)': Exclusive

Jeff Fasano
Joan Osbourne

The song will appear on Osborne's forthcoming Bob Dylan tribute record, 'Songs of Bob Dylan'

Singer/songwriter Joan Osborne carries a classic blues sensibility about herself and has been known to take her sound to a variety of genres -- be it singing Motown, covering classic rock with The Dead, or releasing a collection of renditions of Dolly Parton classics. On Sept. 1, the artist is set to release her latest work, Songs of Bob Dylan out on Womanly Hips Records, featuring a selection of songs written by Dylan.

On Thursday (Aug. 3) Osborne shares the latest release from her forthcoming album, “Quinn the Eskimo (the Mighty Quinn),” a song originally written by Dylan and sung by the ‘60s English rock group Manfred Mann as "Mighty Quinn (Quinn the Eskimo)." With the track’s guitar emanating a blues flavor and Osborne’s deep gospel-like roar, the cover is pinnacle, contemporary ‘60s rock grandeur bursting with power and guidance.

“We went back and listened to a few other versions of ‘The Mighty Quinn,’ and I was struck by the gospel flavor of Manford Mann's 1960s cover,” said Osborne. “My co-producer, Jack Petruzzelli, had been listening to the Edwin Hawkins track ‘Oh Happy Day,’ and suggested changing just one chord in the song to accentuate that gospel flavor. When we did that, it really lifted my vocal performance and brought it to a very joyful, celebratory place. Whoever ‘Quinn the Eskimo’ is, we eagerly anticipate his arrival!” 

Listen to the track below.