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LEGENDARY ARTIST AND ACTIVIST JOAN BAEZ INDUCTED INTO ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME
REISSUES THE COMPLETE GOLD CASTLE MASTERS AS SPECIAL EDITION BOX SET
FOUR VOICES TOUR OFF TO BRISK START AT BOX OFFICE
Legendary artist and activist, Joan Baez was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this past Friday. In her induction speech Baez spoke out on social justice and equality proclaiming, “Let us together repeal and replace brutality and make compassion a priority.” Her speech lead into a moving performance of “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” followed by “Deportee (Plane Wreck At Los Gatos)” and “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down with longtime fiends Mary Chapin Carpenter and Indigo Girls.” The entire ceremony will have its television premiere on HBO on Saturday, April 29 at 8PM EST.
Following the historic milestone, Baez reissues three previous recordings— originally released on Gold Castle Records as a special edition three-CD box set with extensive liner notes and additional material. The 30 collective tracks contained on Recently (originally released July 1987), Diamonds and Rust in the Bullring (recorded live in Bilbao, Spain, 1988, released April 1989) and Speaking of Dreams (November 1989) hold their own as some of the greatest song selection sequences of Joan’s entire discography. All three Gold Castle titles were produced by Alan Abrahams. You can order the box set HERE.
Baez began working with Gold Castle Records in 1987 at the invitation of music industry veteran and company founder Danny Goldberg. The three records that resulted represent the virtual halfway point of her professional career.
In June, Baez, Carpenter and Indigo Girls Amy Ray and Emily Saliers will share the stage in a highly anticipated special group performance as Four Voices. These exclusive summer tour dates will include stops at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium with a second show added due to popular demand, Chicago’s Chicago Theatre and Toronto’s Massey Hall among many others. Tickets are on-sale now except for their show at Grand Rapids’ Meijer Gardens, which goes on sale in April. See below for a complete tour itinerary.
Baez’s career has spanned over 50 years during which she unselfconsciously introduced Bob Dylan to the world in 1963, marched on the front lines of the Civil Rights movement with Martin Luther King, inspired Vaclav Havel to fight for a Czech Republic and continues to this day to stand passionately on behalf of causes she embraces. She is the recipient of many honors including the Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award as well as Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience award. Her early albums introduced songs that found their way into the rock vernacular including “House Of the Rising Sun” (The Animals), “John Riley” (The Byrds) and “Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You” (Led Zeppelin).
FOUR VOICES TOUR
*with Mary Chapin Carpenter, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers
June 2 /// Nashville, TN /// Ryman Auditorium*
June 3 /// Nashville, TN /// Ryman Auditorium*
June 5 /// Raleigh, NC /// North Carolina Museum of Art*
June 6 /// Charlottesville, VA /// Sprint Pavilion*
June 8 /// Kettering, OH /// Fraze Pavilion*
June 9 /// Rochester Hills, MI /// Meadow Brook Amphitheatre*
June 11 /// Chicago, IL /// Chicago Theatre*
June 12 /// Grand Rapids, MI /// Meijer Gardens*
June 14 /// Toronto, ON /// Massey Hall*
June 16 /// Gilford, NH /// Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion*
June 17 /// Lenox, MA /// Tanglewood*