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Live Joni at Newport 2022 Album Coming
As she prepares live show this June...
Got this release (below) just this morning an official announcement, with photo above. Thought I’d pass it along quickly. Album has liner notes by my old Crawdaddy writer, Cameron Crowe. I was, I believe, first to post multiple videos of surprise Joni appearance at Newport last year and it went viral. Now an album. I’m reposting a couple of those videos below. Enjoy, then please subscribe.
»»>And see my previous post on my new PBS film, Memorial Day Massacre: Workers Die, Film Buried, which premiered on Saturday but is now easy to watch by all, online or streaming, at 27 minutes, and also—there’s a companion book. Narrated by Josh Charles, produced by Lyn Goldfarb.
LOS ANGELES – Joni Mitchell stunned the Newport Folk Festival audience last summer when she gave a surprise performance – her first in 20 years – delivering a heartfelt set filled with some of her greatest songs.
Mitchell’s triumphant return to the stage on July 24, 2022, will be featured on a new live album from Rhino, AT NEWPORT, available on July 28, 2023 on CD and 2-LP black vinyl. Produced by close collaborator Brandi Carlile, along with Mitchell, the music will also be released the same day on digital and streaming services and Dolby Atmos. A clear-vinyl version of the 2-LP set will be available exclusively from Indie Retail and Barnes & Noble. Mitchell’s Newport performance of her classic song “Both Sides Now” is available today digitally. Click HERE to listen now.
Mitchell was joined on stage at the Newport Folk Festival by a star-studded band led by Carlile, the 9x GRAMMY®-winning singer/songwriter. Other performers included Carlile’s bandmates Phil and Tim Hanseroth, Wynonna Judd, Marcus Mumford, Celisse, Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of Lucius, Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, and more.
Mitchell delighted the audience, blending her voice with the other singers on stage on classics like “Big Yellow Taxi,” “A Case Of You,” and “Both Sides Now.” For good measure, she even flashed her guitar prowess, playing a solo instrumental version of “Just Like This Train.”
In his liner notes for AT NEWPORT, Cameron Crowe writes about Mitchell’s arduous and miraculous recovery from a life-threatening brain aneurysm in 2015, that led to her emotional return at Newport.
“Mitchell emerged from the side of the stage, swaying smoothly, in fine summer-style with beret and sunglasses. Her good-natured mood instantly set the tone. This performance would be an intimate gathering of friends, not unlike the Joni Jams she’d been hosting in her own living room over the last few years of recovery. Smiling broadly, Mitchell made her surprise appearance, taking her on-stage seat alongside Carlile. Within minutes, the news had rocketed around the globe. Mitchell was back, sparkling with enthusiasm, delivering a tender and passionate set of 13 songs, ending with a joyful sing-along of ‘The Circle Game.’”
On June 10, 2023, Mitchell will headline a once-in-a-lifetime “Joni Jam” at the Gorge Amphitheater in Quincy, Washington, with special guest Brandi Carlile. Mitchell’s first ticketed show in 20 years, the concert sold-out immediately when it was announced last fall.
1. Introduction by Brandi Carlile
2. “Big Yellow Taxi”
3. “A Case Of You”
5. “Both Sides Now”
6. “Just Like This Train”
9. “Help Me” – Celisse
10. “Come In From The Cold”
12. “The Circle Game”
“Both Sides Now”
Joni’s guitar solo:
Here her more recent remarkable “Summertime” at her Gershwin tribute.
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