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Joni Mitchell Wows in Surprise Set With Brandi Carlile at Newport

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The Hollywood Reporter notes. It was also her first appearance at the fabled Rhode Island festival in 53 years.Mitchell, now 78, has kept a low profile since suffering a brain aneurysm in 2015.

But she has been holding “Joni Jams” with other musicians in her home, and the stage at Newport was arranged in the style of Mitchell’s living room.

Besides singing, Mitchell played guitar during the set; she has had to relearn the instrument since her aneurysm.Mitchell appeared in the “Brandi Carlile & Friends” set, joined by Marcus Mumford, Wynonna, Blake Mills, Lucius, Taylor Goldsmith, and others in addition to Carlile, who had come up with the idea of doing a “Joni Jams” at Newport.“No one brings folk singers together like the humility of trying out a new song in front of Joni fucking Mitchell,” the lesbian singer-songwriter said in introducing the set, according to the Reporter.Mitchell and Carlile performed songs together including “Carey,” “A Case of You,” and “Both Sides Now”; during the latter, Wynonna, who recently lost her mother, Naomi Judd, could be seen tearing up in the background.

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