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After The Hissing Of Summer Lawns tour, Joni retreated to Neil Young’s beach house to recover. Eager to travel but undecided about a destination, Mitchell was unexpectedly invited on a cross-country road trip with friends. It was one of three road trips she took between 1975 and 1976 and the beginning of a period defined by wanderlust, both in her physical travels and musical exploration. This transformative phase is the focal point of The Asylum Albums (1976-1980), the next release in the Joni Mitchell Archives series.

The new collection showcases Mitchell at her most daring across Hejira (1976), Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter (1977), Mingus (1979), and the live album Shadows and Light (1980). Renowned audio engineer Bernie Grundman remastered all four releases included in this boxed set from the original flat analog master tapes.

The Asylum Albums (1976-1980) will be available on June 21 from Rhino as a 5-CD set, a limited edition (5,000 copies) 6-LP version pressed on 180-gram vinyl, and digitally. Pre-order both collections here. The newly remastered version of “Coyote” from Hejira is available today digitally. Listen here.

Rhino’s acclaimed The Asylum Albums (1972-1975) boxed set from 2022 returns as part of the ongoing Quadio series. The Asylum Albums (1972-1975) [Quadio] features remastered Hi-Res Stereo, Dolby Atmos mixes by Grammy® Award Winning producer Ken Caillat and Claus Trelby, and Quad Mixes of For The Roses (1972), Court And Spark (1974), Miles Of Aisles (1974), and The Hissing Of Summer Lawns (1975). A brand new 2023 Quad Mix of For The Roses was done by Bruce Botnick. The collection is available today on 4 Blu-ray discs. More information here

Trina Robbins, who as an artist, writer and editor of comics was a pioneering woman in a male-dominated field, and who as a historian specialized in books about female cartoonists, died on Wednesday in San Francisco. She was 85.

In 1970, Ms. Robbins was one of the creators of It Ain’t Me Babe, the first comic book made exclusively by women. In 1985, she was the first woman to draw a full issue of Wonder Woman, and a full run on a Wonder Woman series, after four decades of male hegemony.
[Gavin Edwards, NYT]

The first verse of Joni’s song “Ladies of the Canyon,” is a portrait of Ms. Robbins:

Trina wears her wampum beads
She fills her drawing book with line
Sewing lace on widow’s weeds
And filigree on leaf and vine.

Trina answered a few questions about the song for the website in 2008.

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We are happy to announce another Mutts Joni concert. Since we sold out both shows last November, the Jazz Lounge has invited us back this time for two nights with two shows on each: Saturday 6.15pm & 9pm and Sunday 4pm & 6.15pm.

Joni Mitchell has continued to receive accolades and awards, with her latest Grammy win for Best Folk Album. Mutts of the Planet continue the celebration of her remarkable body of work, now in our eighteenth year.

For this show we have added our wonderful bass player, Jim Reeves, to join pianist Barnaby Finch, vocalist Leonard Patton, and of course Dave Blackburn and myself.

We recommend purchasing your tickets early.

Happy spring, and we look forward to seeing you in May!

Robin and the Mutts of the Planet

Joni Mitchell is the epitome of the singer/songwriter. From innocent hippie ballads to recent prophetic social commentary, her lyrics are poetry set to emotionally complex harmonizations. From folk to jazz her compositions are examples of modern-day art songs.

Kate Foley-Beining, backed by a trio of Sonoma County jazz greats, will add dulcimer, guitar, and piano to the tonal mix embracing her vocals. Kendrick Freeman/drums; Tom Shader/bass; and Christian Foley-Beining/guitar. More information here

Unfortunately, the Canadian pop icon JONI MITCHELL is far too little known in this country despite being listed by the legendary “Rolling Stone” magazine at number 9 of the 100 best singer/songwriters of all time. We are more familiar with her top hits “This Flight Tonight”, “Big Yellow Taxi”, “Woodstock”, “My Secret Place” and “Both Sides Now”, which are often not associated with her.

With her four excellent musicians, the Stuttgart singer Birgitta Menzer presents all of the artist's favorite songs, and the listener can experience in a magnificent way what it means when Joni Mitchell says about herself:

“I'm painting with words and music”. More information here

Joni's Soul began as a collaboration between highly respected ‘from-the-heart’ singer Gina Foster and world-class guitarist Ronnie Johnson, attracting some of the UK's finest players with a shared love for the musician they consider the greatest singer/songwriter of the last half century.

Coyote, Hejira, Edith and the Kingpin, The Hissing of Summer Lawns, A Case of You, Trouble Child, Help Me and Gina Foster’s gorgeous version of Both Sides Now – it’s through songs like these that the band explore the unique song writing and gift of performance Joni Mitchell revealed in her iconic albums Blue, Court and Spark, Hejira, The Hissing of Summer Lawns and beyond.

Gina Foster, Vocals
Ronnie Johnson, Acoustic and Electric Guitars
Patrick Johnson, Acoustic and Electric Guitars
Graham Harvey, Keyboards
Richard Bailey, Drumsv Steve Pearce, Bass

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