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by Mary Colurso
Birmingham News
November 22, 2002

Joni Mitchell hasn't booked any concerts in Birmingham for quite some time, but we can live vicariously through her new double CD, "Travelogue," recorded with a 70-piece orchestra.

The album, released Tuesday on the Nonesuch label, holds 22 songs from various points in Mitchell's long, distinguished career. A 13-voice choir supports her crystalline vocals; the backing band includes jazz great Herbie Hancock, who recently performed at the Alys Stephens Center in Birmingham.

Tracks include "Woodstock," "The Circle Game," "Hejira," "You Dream Flat Tires" and "God Must Be a Boogie Man."

Mitchell has a couple of other projects in the works: a documentary of her recording sessions called "Circle Game: The Making of Joni Mitchell's Travelogue" and a biographical film, "Joni Mitchell: Penitent of the Spirit" for the PBS "American Masters" series.

Chris Robinson of the rock band Black Crowes brings songs from his solo album, "New Earth Mud," to the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets are $20.

Also, country bluesman Delbert McClinton will toss some confetti during a 9 p.m. New Year's Eve concert at the theater, 1099 Euclid Ave. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 on the day of show.

Call 404-524-7354 for info.

Get ready for a bleeping good time. The trash-talking Osbournes have agreed to host the 30th annual American Music Awards Jan. 13 on ABC.

Nominees for the three-hour ceremony were announced this week by executive producer Dick Clark, singer Toni Braxton and JC Chasez of 'N Sync.

Winners are selected by the public, through a sampling of about 20,000 people by a research and consulting firm. The show is organized by Dick Clark Productions.

Singer-songwriter Kate Campbell brought guitarist Will Kimbrough and enthusiasm for a just-completed album, "Twang on a Wire," to two concerts last weekend at the Hoover Library.

Kimbrough plays on Campbell's new disc, which focuses on covers of 11 songs by female country artists originally recorded in the early 1970s. Among them are Emmylou Harris' "Boulder to Birmingham" and "Mississippi Woman, Louisiana Man," a duet with alt-country singer Kevin Gordon.

The Pretenders and 30 Odd Foot of Grunts will perform Jan. 28 at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. North. Tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster for the 7:30 p.m. concert, priced at $48.75 and $34.75.

The Pretenders are touring to spread the word about their latest CD, "Loose Screw." The other group is actor Russell Crowe's vanity band not half bad, we hear, and much better than Keanu Reeves' Dogstar.

 

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