Recorded live at the 2022 Newport Folk Festival®. Newport Folk Festival® is a production of Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, duly licensed. All rights reserved. A portion of proceeds from this album will go towards their music education efforts.

“Joni Mitchell emerged from the side of the stage, swaying smoothly, in fine summer style with beret and sunglasses. Her good natured mood instantly set the tone. This performance would be an intimate gathering of friends, not unlike the Joni Jams she’d been hosting in her own living room over the last few years of recovery. Smiling broadly, Mitchell made her surprise appearance, taking her on stage seat alongside Brandi Carlile. Within minutes, the news had rocketed around the globe. Mitchell was back, sparkling with enthusiasm, delivering a tender and passionate set of 13 songs, ending with a joyful sing along of ‘The Circle Game’.” ~ Cameron Crowe

Joni stunned the Newport Folk Festival audience last summer when she gave a surprise performance, her first in 20 years, delivering a heartfelt set filled with some of her greatest songs. We’re pleased to announce that her triumphant return will be available as “At Newport”, a new live album on CD and LP on July 28th, 2023. Produced by close collaborator Brandi Carlile, along with Joni, with new liner notes by Cameron Crowe, the music will also be released the same day on digital and streaming services and Dolby Atmos.

Joni was joined on stage at the Newport Folk Festival by a star studded band led by Brandi Carlile, the 9 x Grammy winning singer songwriter. Other performers included Carlile’s bandmates Phil and Tim Hanseroth, Wynonna Judd, Marcus Mumford, Celisse, Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of Lucius, Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, and more.

Joni Jam players:
Joni Mitchell: vocals, guitar on “Just Like This Train”
Brandi Carlile: vocals (courtesy of Elektra Records)
Phil Hanseroth: bass, backing vocals (courtesy of Elektra Records)
Tim Hanseroth: guitar, dulcimer, backing vocals (courtesy of Elektra Records)
Lucius – Jess Wolfe & Holly Laessig: featured vocals on “Big Yellow Taxi,” backing vocals (courtesy of Mom+Pop)
Taylor Goldsmith: guitar, featured vocals on “Come In From The Cold” & Amelia,” backing vocals
Celisse: guitar, featured vocals on “Help Me,” backing vocals
Ben Lusher: piano
Blake Mills: guitar, backing vocals (courtesy of A New Deal Records/Verve Records)
Marcus Mumford: percussion, featured vocals on “A Case Of You,” backing vocals (courtesy of Capitol Records)
Josh Neumann: cello
Allison Russell: clarinet, backing vocals (courtesy of Fantasy Records)
Rick Whitfield: guitar, backing vocals
Matt Chamberlain: additional percussion

By Published On: juni 18, 2023Categories: Artist News, In Focus, New Releases

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