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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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The Joni Project is fronted by the remarkable multiple-instrumentalist and songwriter Katie Pearlman on guitar & vocals and The Long Island based band also includes jazz and jamband mainstays Dave Berg on guitar, Dan Ehrlich on bass, Alan Lerner on drums, Mark Mancini on keyboards, Steve Finkelstein on percussion, Premik Russell Tubbs on saxophone and flute, and Victoria Faiella on background vocals. Collectively, they’ve performed with members of the Grateful Dead, The Band, The Doors, the Neville Brothers and many others. Together, they are quite simply the finest and most musically sophisticated tribute to Joni on the scene today. More information here

Step into the golden era of music with “Ladies of the Canyon: A Tribute to Carole King & Joni Mitchell” live at Alvas Showroom on Sunday, July 21st at 4pm!

Immerse yourself in the timeless melodies and poetic brilliance of two iconic singer-songwriters who defined an era. Witness the magic as JK Jones channels the ethereal essence of Joni Mitchell, performing the legendary Blue album in its entirety. From the haunting ballads to the soul-stirring anthems, experience the raw emotion and introspective depth that made this album a masterpiece.

Then, prepare to be captivated as Carla Buffa takes the stage, paying homage to the incomparable Carole King by performing her iconic Tapestry album from start to finish. Let the melodies of “You’ve Got a Friend,” “It’s Too Late,” and “So Far Away” wash over you, reminding you why Tapestry remains one of the best-selling albums of all time.

Transport yourself back to the Laurel Canyon music scene of the early seventies, where these two luminaries emerged and carved their places in history. Their prolific output and unparalleled talent have solidified their status as legends in the annals of popular music.

Don’t miss this extraordinary afternoon of classic album performances that celebrate the enduring legacy of Carole King and Joni Mitchell. Join us for a journey through the heart and soul of music that continues to inspire generations. Get your tickets now and be part of a truly unforgettable experience!

Performer Names/Instruments:
Carla Buffa – Carole King Vocal, Piano
JK Jones – Joni Mitchell Vocal, Acoustic Guitar and Dulcimer
Stephen Bock – Guitar, Keyboards and BGV
Jim Wootten – Bass Guitar and BGV
Johnny Zimmerman – Drums and Percussion
Joe DiFiore – Flute and Saxophone

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Big Yellow Taxi was created to explore Joni's amazing music from its early folk roots to her pop masterpieces to her jazz influenced compositions, Big Yellow Taxi brings Joni's music alive.

The band features the expressive and soaring voice of Teresa Lorenço. Teresa's vocals pay homage to Joni's sweet, husky, and bell-like voice delivering an emotional journey through Joni's expansive catalog. The mission of the band is to present a show that immerses the audience in an intimate journey through many of Joni's best loved and most powerful songs: a performance beyond mere imitation, to delve into Joni’s musical intensity and genius, to leave audiences entertained, moved, and elated.

For 2024, we've created a special 50th Anniversary celebration of "Court and Spark," Joni's iconic album. BYT plays the complete album plus other Joni hits and deep cuts. More information here

‘Hejira’ is a 7-piece band set up to celebrate and honour the masterpiece works of Joni Mitchell, mostly from the late ‘70s. Having released the albums ‘The Hissing of Summer Lawns’, ‘Hejira’, ‘Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter’ and ‘Mingus’ (regarded as her ‘jazz period’), Joni then toured briefly with a band formed from the crème de la crème of contemporaneous jazz musicians (Metheny, Mays, Brecker, Pastorius and Alias). The tour was recorded, producing the outstanding live album, ‘Shadows And Light’; it is from this album that the band Hejira is drawing the body of its repertoire. Comprising highly experienced jazz musicians, this band is fronted by the brilliant Hattie Whitehead who not only has in her own way - assimilated the poise, power and beauty of Joni’s vocals, but also plays guitar with Joni’s stylistic mannerisms. More information here

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