Singer songwriter Chessi O’Dowd has teamed up with Jack Blackman to record a new cover of the Joan Osborne track ‘Pensacola’. O’Dowd, a young performer from Warwickshire, cites Osborne’s 1995 album ‘Relish’ as an important influence, and by teaming up with Blackman – a performer who can count the legendary ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris among his fans – she hopes to bring one of the album’s best tracks to a new audience.
Their new video for ‘Pensacola’ can be seen below. In this new arrangement, the dark and spooky vibes of Osborne’s original cut are very much present, but in adding an extra dimension via dual voices, a light blues tone to the guitar work and extra dobro, Chessi and Jack take the piece to even darker places. In many ways, it’s arrangement, evoking dustbowls, open roads and a voyage into the unknown becomes as large as the vocal itself.
You can watch the full video below.