The FOMO of being missed Joni MitchellHis appearance at the Newport Folk Festival last summer need not be so strong anymore. Enriched by an all-star cast, much of this comeback set is produced by Mitchell and Brandi Carlile.
The album will be released by Rhino on July 28, four days after the first anniversary of the surprise show at the Rhode Island Festival. All guest stars who shared lead vocals and instruments with Carlile during “Joni Jam” will be represented – Carlile included, Marcus Mumford, Taylor Goldsmith, Lucius, Celisse and Wynonna Judd of Dawes. Other players included Phil and Tim Hanseroth, Allison Russell and Blake Mills.
mitchell bro Cameron Crowe He writes notes as Mitchell does for his recent collections of unpublished material about Rhino.
A single Newport version of “Both Sides Now” is available for broadcast today on all major DSPs. The end-July release of the full collection will be available digitally, on CD, on a two-LP black disc and on clear (exclusive to Barnes & Noble).
The show last July – its first major public show since 2013 – was a partial if not a complete surprise, even to die-hard Mitchell fans. It was no secret that he had regularly attended “Joni jams” at his home in central California for the past few years, but his devotees might have succumbed to the idea that he would only sing an isolated line here or there. — as he did at a star-rated MusiCares charity in Las Vegas a few months ago. In Newport, Mitchell not only sang songs described as strong lead vocals, but also picked up an electric guitar with a solo instrumental, “Just Like This Train.” This was a happy outcome after a brain aneurysm in 2015 made hopes for future performances impossible.
The live album includes 13 of the 15 performances that took place last July 24. The only omissions are two covers of old songs that have been Mitchell’s favorites for years, “Why Do Fools Fall in Love” and “Love Potion No. 9”. ”; George Gershwin’s third cover of “Summertime” was widely viewed in video format and included in the album tracklist. Dozens of other songs that fill the set list are Mitchell classics. While the song lists don’t specify individual artists performing with him, the set lists for Newport history specify the primary guest singers in some selections – such as Mumford as the primary singer on “A Case of You” and Goldsmith as the primary singer on “Come”. Featured on From the Cold” and “Amelia” and jam promoter Carlile on “Carey” and “Big Yellow Taxi”.
Fans can hope that another upcoming performance can be recorded for generations to come. Carlile has booked Washington state’s Gorge for a three-night affair June 9-11, and midnight will be reserved for another Joni jam, like Newport. This show sold out quickly as soon as it was announced. It’s being promoted as Mitchell’s first ticketed show, announced in 20 years.
“At Newport” track listing:
- Introducing Brandi Carlile
- Big Yellow Taxi
- “A Case From You”
- “Two Sides Now”
- Just Like This Train
- “Help Me” – Celisse
- “Come From The Cold”
- “The Circle Game”