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A new two-part documentary series titled Laurel Canyon, focusing on the fertile music scene that coalesced in the Los Angeles neighborhood of the same name, where many famous artists resided and congregated starting in the late 1960s, will premiere on Epix on May 31 and June 7 at 9 p.m. ET.

The program will include music from such legendary artists as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Joni Mitchell, The Doors, Linda Ronstadt, The Byrds, Eagles, The Mamas & the Papas, Jackson Browne, The Monkees, The Turtles, Buffalo Springfield and more.

It also will feature rare and newly rediscovered film footage and audio, as well as new interviews with Browne, Don Henley, Michelle Phillips, Graham Nash, Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Roger McGuinn and others.

You can check out a teaser trailer for Laurel Canyon now at the Epix YouTube channel. The video includes a montage of archival film and photos of various famous musicians, along with commentary from The Monkees' Micky Dolenz, Nash, David Crosby and more.

Dolenz notes that Laurel Canyon "was a very small community of musicians and long-haired weirdos," while Nash declares, "We were at the very center of this beautiful bubble of creativity and friendship."

Crosby, meanwhile, says, "When a chemistry happens between people musically, it's magic."

Laurel Canyon was directed by Alison Ellwood, whose credits include 2013's History of the Eagles and the new documentary The Go-Go's.

Philadelphia’s Gene Shay — the voice of a music community for over 50 years, a celebrator and curator of folk music on the airwaves and an eager supporter of it from the stage — has passed away at age 85 from complications surrounding COVID-19. Shay debuted on Philadelphia radio in 1962 at WRTI, and hosted the Folk Show on WXPN from 1995 to 2015.

The impact and influence of that show cannot be overstated. Joni famously wrote her song “Both Sides Now” during downtime when she was playing two nights at Sansom Street venue The Second Fret, and premiered it with an acoustic performance for Shay and his listeners on the WDAS airwaves. [-John Vettese].

You can read a series of interviews with Gene and Joni here.

Wallace Roney, a trumpeter and composer who embodied the pugnacious, harmonically restive side of post-bop throughout an illustrious four-decade career, died Tuesday at St. Joseph's University Medical Center in Paterson, N.J. He was 59. The cause was complications from COVID-19. (Nate Chinen)

Wallace played trumpet for Joni on her 2000 "Both Sides Now" tour.

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Both Sides Now is a five-piece touring band dedicated to playing the amazing songs of Joni Mitchell.

Our comprehensive survey of Joni’s career includes landmarks such as Big Yellow Taxi (her most covered song), River (from breakthrough album Blue), Help Me (from double-platinum Court and Spark) and the jazz-infused stylings of In France They Kiss On Main St (The Hissing of Summer Lawns) and Coyote (Hejira).

Led by singer Sarah Miller and keys player Aidan Goldstraw, Both Sides Now’s devotion to Joni’s back catalogue shines through in performance. This is not your ordinary tribute act – it’s a gathering of Joni superfans. More information here.

Darling Dimestore Thieves is a Joni Mitchell tribute band based in Eugene, Oregon.

Darling Dimestore Thieves was created out of our love for Joni Mitchell and her incredible body of work. We cover all periods of Joni's career with an emphasis on her very prolific 1974-1976 period when she released Court and Spark, The Hissing Of Summer Lawns, and her masterpiece Hejira. We also feature songs from the Clouds, Blue, For the Roses, Ladies of the Canyon, Night Ride Home, Turbulent Indigo, Wild Things Run Fast, and Shine albums. Throughout this remarkable experience, we remain humbled by the unique genius of Joni Mitchell. More information here.

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