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The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts today announced its 44th lifetime achievement award winners. They are: Motown founder Berry Gordy, opera star Justino Díaz, singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell, entertainer Bette Midler and television impresario Lorne Michaels, who created Saturday Night Live. More information here.

Tomorrow will be the 50th anniversary of Joni Mitchell’s masterpiece, Blue. To celebrate, Rhino is releasing two new collections that offer different perspectives on one of the greatest albums ever made and the inspired period of creativity that made it possible.

Rhino kicks off the celebration today with the release of BLUE 50 (DEMOS & OUTTAKES), a digital EP that debuts five unreleased recordings (see visualization at right) from the making of Blue that will appear on the upcoming Archives collection. The striking cover of the BLUE 50 EP features the original Blue color treatment with a previously unseen alternate photo of Mitchell by Tim Considine from the same session as the original.

All five of these tracks will also be included in JONI MITCHELL ARCHIVES VOL. 2: THE REPRISE YEARS (1968-1971), which will be released on October 29 as a 5-CD set ($64.98). The music will be available the same day exclusively at JoniMitchell.com as a 10-LP set ($249.98) on 180-gram vinyl that will be limited to 4,000 copies. Any ARCHIVES VOL.2 music product purchased on the official Joni Mitchell store comes with an exclusive 7”x7” art print featuring a never-before-seen illustration by Mitchell from the era. More information here.

Patrick Sky was an American singer songwriter, folk musician, guitarist, producer, and accomplished builder and player of the Irish uilleann pipes. Patrick was of Irish and Cree Indian descent- a seminal figure, along with Eric Anderson and Buffy Sainte-Marie, in the folk music revival in the mid-1960s. Notably, Patrick produced recordings by the legendary blues guitarist and singer Mississippi John Hurt for Vanguard Records.

Joni and Patrick were on the same billing at least twice, once on the Let's Sing Out program in October of 1965, and again at a Syracuse University gig in December of 1969. Patrick was the inspiration for song The Last Time I Saw Richard, as revealed in Michelle Mercer's 2009 book Will You Take Me As I Am: "...this is where that song came from,” [Joni] said. “Patrick Sky, a fellow folksinger, said to me one night in a bar in New York, 'Oh, Joni, you're a hopeless romantic. There's only one way for you to go. Hopeless cynicism. That one little nugget became the song."

Patrick died this morning in Ashville, North Carolina, surrounded by family. He was 77 years old. [Photo by David Gahr, 1965]

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Joni’s Philly Birthday Party!

Love City Music Collective presents “Reckless Daughter - The Celebration of Joni Mitchel”, their collaboration event show in honor of one of music’s greatest and most innovative artists, Joni Mitchell.

Led by Love City Music Collective founder and lead vocalist, Peg Talbott-Lane, “Reckless Daughter” is comprised of some of the finest area musicians and singers who all share a deep love for Ms. Mitchell’s works. The band - Barry Hollander, Tony Winkler, Troy Shoenmeier (Guitars), Rob Lawrence on piano and organ, Glenn Marrazzo on bass, Mark Schreiber and James Farrell on drums/percussion, and arranger Mark Zelesky leading the horn section.

Joining Ms. Talbott-Lane on vocals, are guest vocalists Irene Lambrou (Almshouse) and Amanda Brizzi (Hotsy Totsy). Combining their different vocal approaches and influence between rock, jazz, theater and harmonic capabilities, their approach to the songs is authentic and personal, delivering the raw emotion the songs at times demand of any singer seeking to interpret them.

In this performance, “Reckless Daughter” will perform the hits and deep cuts of Ms. Mitchell’s focused primarily on mid-career selections from albums such as Court & Spark, For the Roses and deeper tracks from Hissing of Summer Lawns along with arrangements from Miles of Aisles of her earlier works. More information here.

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