Song You Need to Know: Judy Collins’ Cover of Joni Mitchell’s ‘River’ (Rolling Stone)
52 years after she first covered the Canadian songwriter, Collins gives a shattering, wintry update to the Christmas classic
Decades before Lana Del Rey introduced Joni Mitchell to millennials, Judy Collins was spreading the Canadian bohemian gospel. Mitchell’s heart-wrenching Christmas classic “River” has just received its 687th cover, and it’s arguably one of the best: Collins’ rendition, released Friday off her new record Winter Stories, gives the piano-laden track a refreshing update.
The gorgeous new holiday album featuring folk legend Judy Collins joined by Norwegian singer-songwriter Jonas Fjeld and North Calina bluegrass revivalists Chatham County Line!
Blending folk, bluegrass, country and traditional music, these three powerhouse musical figures have crafted an unconventional holiday release centering on wintry vignettes rather than carols and hymns yet it carries the spirit of the holidays throughout!
Fjeld and CCL have toured together and recorded two albums together both of which went gold in Norway!
1. Northwest Passage
2. Mountain Girl
3. Winter Stories
4. Bury Me With My Guitar On
6. Sweet Refrain
7. Fallow Way
8. Angels In The Snow
10. Frozen North
11. The Blizzard
CATCH JUDY COLLINS ON TOUR!
12/15/19 – Vancouver, Canada – Kay Meek Theater
12/17/19 -Portland, OR – Aladdin Theater
12/19/19 – Seattle, WA – Seattle Jazz Alley
12/20/19 – Seattle, WA – Seattle Jazz Alley
12/21/19 – Seattle, WA – Seattle Jazz Alley
12/22/19 – Seattle, WA – Seattle Jazz Alley
* = Winter Stories shows