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Brandi Carlile, Glen Hansard, Rufus Wainwright and more will appear on Joni Mitchell tribute album Joni 75

Joni Mitchell | photo by Jack Robinson | via Rolling Stone

Back in November, singer-songwriter icon Joni Mitchell celebrated her 75th birthday, and a tribute concert was held in her honor in Los Angeles. This March, a recording of that concert will be released, along with a documentary of the event hitting theaters.

Joni 75 features performances by a spectrum of artists, from Graham Nash (who performs “Our House,” a CSNY song written about his life with MItchell) to Norah Jones (who covers the title track to Court and Spark), Brandi Carlile (who duets with Kris Kristofferson on “A Case of You,” and sings “Down to You” from Court and Spark) and Rufus Wainwright (who sings “All I Want” from Blue, as well as that album’s title track). Continue reading →

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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 →