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Lyle Mays passed away this morning in Los Angeles. Lyle was an integral part of Joni's 1979 tour with Pat Metheny, Jaco, Michael Brecker, and Don Alias. He and Pat's hauntingly beautiful transition between Amelia and Hejira stands as one of the enduring highlights of the tour. Lyle was a founding member of the Pat Metheny Group, providing arrangements, orchestration, and the harmonic and metric backbone of the group's musical signature.

Craft Recordings has announced the first-ever vinyl release of Joni’s 2007 album, Shine. Available April 3rd, and pressed on 180-gram vinyl at RTI, the acclaimed title includes such tracks as “One Week Last Summer” (which received the 2008 GRAMMY® Award for Best Instrumental Pop Performance), and an updated version of Mitchell’s iconic 1970 track “Big Yellow Taxi.” More information here.

Hailed as the most important and influential female recording artist of the late 20th century, Joni will receive the prestigious Les Paul Innovation Award at the 35th Annual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards (NAMM TEC Awards), being held Saturday, January 18, 2020 in Anaheim, California. The award is given on behalf of the Les Paul Foundation to honor individuals that have set the highest standards of excellence in creative application of artistry in the spirit of the famed audio pioneer, inventor and musician, Les Paul. More information here.

The Barnes and Noble book store chain has selected MORNING GLORY ON THE VINE to be part of this year’s #BNSignedEditions selection for holiday. Copies of the book, hand-signed by Joni, will be at B&N stores and online starting Saturday, November 16.

For all concerned, know that Joni is safe and sound from the fire threatening the area.

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Upcoming local tributes and events

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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.

After rave reviews and sell-out shows at the Queensland Cabaret Festival, the Melbourne Cabaret Festival, Sydney’s Hayes Theatre, and at the Bing Studio in Stanford, California, cabaret chanteuse Queenie van de Zandt will be touring her award-winning show around Australia and the USA in 2018/2019. In BLUE: The Songs of Joni Mitchell, Queenie, renowned for her artful storytelling and raw, emotive vocals, explores the songs, stories and art of the musical legend that is Joni Mitchell. More information here.

Joni's Soul is a collaboration between "from-the-heart" singer Gina Foster and former longtime Van Morrison guitarist Ronnie Johnson, joined by some of UK's finest players with a shared love for an artist they consider one of the greatest singer/songwriters and guitar innovators 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’s stunning performance of Both Sides Now - it’s through songs like these that the band explore the unique songwriting and gift of performance Joni revealed in her iconic albums Blue, Court and Spark, Hejira, The Hissing of Summer Lawns and beyond …

Drawing on their own emotional response to these songs Joni’s Soul have looked beyond merely the faithful reproduction of the Joni Mitchell songbook to shine a light on the most soulful aspects of her words and music. The band's 2018 cd 'Shades Of Joni' illustrates their warm and well-defined interpretations of Joni's achievements, namely some of the finest songwriting and performance of the twentieth century.

"A captivating evening of world-class music .... a musical journey of interwoven word plays and melodic sweeps" Get Ready To Rock

Gina Foster (vocals), Ronnie Johnson and Patrick Johnson (guitars), Ross Stanley (keyboards), Steve Pearce (bass), Richard Bailey (drums). More information here.

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.

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