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Joni was at a turning point 50 years ago. After making four acclaimed albums with Reprise Records, she left the label to join the brand-new Asylum Records in 1972. Over the next seven years, she would record some of the most acclaimed music of her career while changing her musical direction by adding more jazz elements into her songwriting. The evolution culminated in 1979 with Mingus, her collaboration with jazz titan Charles Mingus, and her studio last album for Asylum.

Rhino explores the beginning of that prolific era with THE ASYLUM ALBUMS (1972-1975), the next installment in the Joni Mitchell Archives series. The collection features newly remastered versions of For The Roses (1972), Court And Spark (1974), the double live album Miles Of Aisles (1974), and The Hissing Of Summer Lawns (1975). All four were recently remastered by Bernie Grundman.

THE ASYLUM ALBUMS (1972-1975) will be available on September 23 in 4-CD and 5-LP 180-gram vinyl (Limited Edition Of 20,000) versions, as well as digitally. The newly remastered version of “You Turn Me On I’m A Radio” from For The Roses is available today on digital download and streaming services.


Moon's up, nights up,
Taking the town by surprise.

Last night at the Newport Folk Festival, Paul Simon made a surprise appearance. A reviewer wrote "I’m not sure how the festival can outdo itself on Sunday for Day 3 but they always seem to find a way."

They found a way.

After Brandi Carlile's set this early evening, a shocked and delighted crowd roared as Joni Mitchell came on stage and participated in what was pre-billed as the 'Coyote Jam' with Brandi and many others.

The last time Joni performed with guitar in hand in front of a paying audience was 8,660 days ago, on her 55th birthday.

The set list:
Joni enters
Carey
Come in From The Cold
Help Me
A Case of You
Big Yellow Taxi
Just Like This Train (Joni on guitar!)
Why Do Fools Fall in Love
Amelia
Love Potion #9
Shine
Summertime
Both Sides Now
The Circle Game

Here's a compilation of videos, articles, and photos from the event.

Rhino and Record Store Day have teamed up to reissue the 2021 remaster of Blue on clear vinyl as part of the RSD Essentials series. You can buy it from your preferred independent record shop (or their online storefronts) on November 11.

Joni Mitchell - Blue
RSD Essential
Clear Vinyl LP
RELEASE DATE: 11/11/2022

RSD Essential 031: Blue is the fourth studio album by Joni, released on June 22, 1971, by Reprise Records. Written and produced entirely by Mitchell, it was recorded in 1971 at A&M Studios in Hollywood, California. Created just after her breakup with Graham Nash and during an intense relationship with James Taylor, Blue explores various facets of relationships from infatuation on "A Case of You" to insecurity on "This Flight Tonight". Today, Blue is generally regarded by music critics as one of the greatest albums of all time; the cohesion of Mitchell's songwriting, compositions and voice are frequent areas of praise. In other words, this album is ESSENTIAL.

Available now- an original hand signed and numbered (out of 20) print of Jimi Hendrix, based on an oil painting by Joni, featuring Hendrix with angel wings setting his guitar on fire at The Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 – although Joni says she 'prefers to think of him in Heaven'.

100% of the proceeds of this print go to MusiCares to help provide a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. More information here.

Joni has taken an early prize as the Grammy Awards grind into gear in Las Vegas. This afternoon she was awarded the Grammy for Best Historical Recording for her Archives, Volume 1 box set - collecting the award in person. "I didn't expect this," said Joni, who won alongside co-producer Patrick Milligan (pictured) and mastering engineer Bernie Grundman.

A good time was had by all lucky attendees! Here is the list of performances (thanks to Sam Stone). More details to follow.

House band: Love Or Money
Herbie Hancock: Hejira
Violet Grohl: Help Me
Angelique Kidjo: If
John Legend: River
Yola: Urge for Going
St. Vincent: Court and Spark
Pentatonix: Why Do Fools Fall in Love > Raised on Robbery
Chloe Bailey: Chelsea Morning
Cyndi Lauper: Magdalene Laundries
Billy Porter: Both Sides Now
Beck: Jungle Line
Allison Russell: Free Man in Paris
Graham Nash: A Case of You (pre-recorded video)
Brandi Carlile: Woodstock (with Stephen Stills)
Jon Batiste: Medley- Down To You piano interlude/Last verse > Bad Dreams > Shine
Sara Barielles, Madison Cunningham, Lucius: California
Black Pumas: Dreamland
Lauren Daigle, Brandi & Lucius: Come In From The Cold
Leon Bridges: Amelia
Mickey Guyton & Allison Russell: For Free
Ensemble: Circle Game with Joni
Ensemble: Big Yellow Taxi with Joni

A diverse roster of artists, musicians and actors will take the stage as presenters at the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards. The esteemed lineup includes current GRAMMY nominees Megan Thee Stallion, Joni Mitchell and Questlove; GRAMMY winners Lenny Kravitz, Dua Lipa, Ludacris, Billy Porter, Bonnie Raitt, and Keith Urban; past GRAMMY nominees Kelsea Ballerini and Avril Lavigne; actors and musicians Jared Leto and Michaela Jaé Rodriguez; and actor Anthony Mackie. Previously announced GRAMMY performers include J Balvin with Maria Becerra, Jon Batiste, Brothers Osborne, BTS, Brandi Carlile, Billie Eilish, Cynthia Erivo, H.E.R., Lady Gaga, John Legend, Lil Nas X with Jack Harlow, Maverick City Music, Nas, Aymée Nuviola, Leslie Odom, Jr., Ben Platt, Olivia Rodrigo, Silk Sonic, Chris Stapleton, Billy Strings, Carrie Underwood, and Rachel Zegler.

@MusiCares Music on a Mission, presented by @GibsonGuitar, is a virtual concert celebrating the power of music to make a difference. The official #GRAMMY Week event will feature never-before-seen performances, inspiring stories, and tributes to Joni, the #MusiCares 2022 Person of the Year honoree. All proceeds will be distributed to music people in need. Watch here.

Sara Bareilles, Beck, Leon Bridges, Brandi Carlile, Lauren Daigle, Herbie Hancock, Chaka Khan, Angélique Kidjo, Cyndi Lauper, Pentatonix, Billy Porter, Stephen Stills, St. Vincent, Jon Batiste, Black Pumas, Mickey Guyton, and Allison Russell are set to perform at the 31st annual MusiCares® Person of the Year benefit gala honoring Joni on Fri, April 1, 2022. The evening will also feature a remote performance from Graham Nash. Jon Batiste and Brandi Carlile will also serve as Artistic Directors for the night.

As previously announced, this year's tribute will be held at the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas on April 1, 2022. The evening will include a reception and silent auction, followed by a dinner and tribute concert honoring Joni’s impact on the music industry and the inspiration she has provided to artists over the years.

"We're excited to honor Joni together, in person, as a music community and can't wait to bring this great event to Las Vegas," said Laura Segura, Executive Director of MusiCares. "We will be celebrating with a purpose, toasting one of music's greatest songwriters and musicians, while raising vital funds to address the critical health and social service needs of the music community." -[BusinessWire].

Experience a new SiriusXM channel in honor of Joni Mitchell, the iconic musician and songwriter. Listen to The Joni Mitchell Channel on the SXM App now through April 14, or on satellite (Ch. 104) from March 30 through April 5. The exclusive channel coincides with Mitchell being honored as the 2022 Person Of The Year recipient at The Recording Academy’s MusiCares charity event on April 1, raising funds for vital programs and relief efforts for the music community.

The Joni Mitchell Channel will feature her timeless music, including home recordings, live performances and other rarities from the recent Joni Mitchell Archives series, as well as interpretations of her music by a wide range of artists including Chaka Khan, Elton John, Norah Jones, Annie Lennox, Brandi Carlile, Bob Dylan, The Byrds and more. Listeners will also be able to catch guest hosts sharing stories about Joni’s impact while selecting some of their favorite songs. More information here.