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Listen to 75 essential Joni Mitchell songs for her 75th birthday

Just some of the Joni Mitchell discography from XPN’s CD library | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

No one sings the range of human emotion, from hope to heartbreak, quite like Joni Mitchell. The matriarch of singer-songwriters turns 75 today, and she spent 40 of those years as a recording and performing artist whose style spanned folk classics like “Circle Game” to the the piano catharsis of “A Case Of You,” the Burundi rhythms of “The Jungle Line” to the jazzy explorations of “Hejira.” Continue reading →

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Arc Iris to reimagine Joni Mitchell’s “Blue” at Boot and Saddle this July

Arc Iris Reimagines Joni Mitchell’s “Blue”

Are you a Joni Mitchell fan? Do you also have a love or appreciation for modern, hypnotic electro music that takes you to another place? Then, boy, Indie pop trio, Arc Iris, has a gift for you. The Providence-based, Jocie Adams’ fronted band is going on six-stop tour dedicated solely to re-imagining Joni Mitchell’s album, Blue, and huzzah, one of those coveted stops is at Boot and Saddle on July 8th.

While maintaining Mitchell’s raw emotion, Arc Iris’ renditions switch up acoustic ballads for big arrangements of atmospheric vibes, bold beats, and ethereal vocals. Continue reading →

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Listen to a 1967 recording of Joni Mitchell at the Second Fret

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Joni Mitchell with Gene Shay (center) and Ed Sciaky (Shay’s left)

If you heard Gene Shay’s archived interview with Joni Mitchell last Sunday on the Folk Show, this will be a great companion listen (if you didn’t catch the show, listen back to it here). To accompany the on-air interview with Shay, his former assistant Ed Sciaky recorded Mitchell’s show at the Second Fret on Sansom St. in March of 1967. During the hour-long performance she sings “Morning Morgantown,” “From Both Sides Now,” and other favorites while explaining the backstories of each song in between. Listen to the recording below and read more about Shay’s retirement here. His next shift on the Folk Show is this Sunday, January 18th at 8 p.m.

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