Legendary singer, songwriter, activist and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducteeJoan Baez’ brand new album Whistle Down The Wind . Produced by threetimeGrammy Award winner Joe Henry and recorded over ten days of sessionsin Los Angeles, Whistle Down The Wind gathers material by some of Baez’sfavourite composers.
Whistle Down The Wind is Joan’s first new studio album in a decade, since 2008’scritically acclaimed, Grammy -nominated Day After Tomorrow, which was producedby Steve Earle. Its release ignited an extraordinary decade of achievement byJoan, including: the PBS American Masters series premiere of her life story, JoanBaez: How Sweet The Sound (2009), which underscored the 50th anniversary ofJoan’s debut at the 1959 Newport Folk Festival. Joan’s seminal debut album of1960 was honoured by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences in 2011,which inducted it into the Grammy Hall Of Fame; and subsequently by the Libraryof Congress in 2015, which selected it to be preserved in the National RecordingRegistry. That same year, Amnesty International bestowed its highest honour onJoan, the Ambassador of Conscience Award, in recognition of her exceptionalleadership in the fight for human rights and she was inducted into the Rock AndRoll Hall Of Fame in April 2017.
Joan Baez remains a musical force of nature of incalculable influence. She marchedon the front line of the civil rights movement with Martin Luther King, shined aspotlight on the Free Speech Movement, took to the fields with Cesar Chavez,organized resistance to the Vietnam War, inspired Vaclav Havel in his fight for aCzech Republic, saluted the Dixie Chicks for their courage to protest the Iraq war,and stood with old friend Nelson Mandela in London’s Hyde Park as the worldcelebrated his 90th birthday. Joan’s earliest recordings fed a host of traditionalballads into the rock vernacular, before she unselfconsciously introduced Bob Dylanto the world in 1963. Thus began a tradition of mutual mentoring that continueson Whistle Down The Wind, and which will reverberate long into the future acrossJoan’s lifetime of recordings.
Whistle Down The Wind / Be of Good Heart / Another World / Civil War /The Things That We Are Made Of / The President Sang Amazing Grace / Last Leaf /Silver Blade / The Great Correction / I Wish The Wars Were All Over