Joan Baez Whistle Down the Wind 180g LP
First Album In 10 Years On 180g Vinyl LP!
Pressed at QRP!
Songs By Tom Waits, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Josh Ritter & More!
Joan Baez remains one of the most celebrated and influential artists of her
generation. Her impact on successive generations of singer/songwriters and
female artists in particular is wide-reaching and crosses all genres and
boundaries. Fellow artists from Emmylou Harris and Bonnie Raitt to Jackson
Browne, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Indigo Girls cite her as a primary influence
on their own careers.
Whistle Down The Wind, Joan's first new studio album in a decade, gathers
material by some of her favorite composers, from Tom Waits ("Whistle Down The
Wind," "Last Leaf") and Josh Ritter ("Be Of Good Heart," "Silver Blade"), to
Eliza Gilkyson ("The Great Correction") and Mary Chapin Carpenter ("The Things
That We Are Made Of"). Ritter's "Silver Blade" has been described by Joan as "a
bookend to 'Silver Dagger' [the first song on her self-titled debut LP of 1960]
at the end of this nearly sixty-year career ... like something I would have
picked up in Club 47 when I was 18."
Whistle Down The Wind was produced by three-time Grammy Award®-winner Joe Henry
(Carolina Chocolate Drops, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Solomon Burke, Bonnie Raitt,
Allen Toussaint, and others). Henry's composition "Civil War" explores how
conflict brings down individuals and society, "a swelling of emotions put to
music," declares Joan.
Henry and Baez recorded Whistle Down The Wind in Los Angeles over ten days,
inventing every song virtually from scratch with a core band including John
Smith and Mark Goldenberg (acoustic guitars); Greg Leisz (acoustic guitar,
pedal steel, mandolin, and Weissenborn); Tyler Chester and Patrick Warren
(keys); bassist David Piltch; and drummer Jay Bellerose. "We both work fast and
were musically on the same wavelength," Joan says. "I work best with musicians
who are as willing as I am to wing it, and he assembled a group of players who
did just that."
Whistle Down The Wind succeeds 2008's critically acclaimed, Grammy®-nominated
Day After Tomorrow, produced by Steve Earle, the release of which coincided with
the 50th anniversary of Joan's first performances at Club 47. Day After Tomorrow
and Whistle Down The Wind both underscore Joan's long history of mutual
mentoring, introducing songs by artists and songwriters, known and unknown, a
hallmark of her recordings and performances ever since the turbulent 1960s.
"While 2018 will be my last year of formal extended touring, I’m looking
forward to being on the road with a beautiful new album about which I am truly
proud. I welcome the opportunity to share this new music as well as longtime
favorites with my audiences around the world." - Joan Baez
• 180g Vinyl LP
• Pressed at QRP
• First new studio album in 10 years
• Produced by Joe Henry
• Gatefold jacket
1. Whistle Down The Wind
2. Be Of Good Heart
3. Another World
4. Civil War
5. The Things That We Are Made Of
1. The President Sang Amazing Grace
2. Last Leaf
3. Silver Blade
4. The Great Correction
5. I Wish The Wars Were All Over