- Joan Baez Premieres New Song “Whistle Down The Wind”
- American folk singer-songwriter Joan Baez will release a new album "Whistle Down The Wind" in March for the first time in a decade. And she announced that she'd be retiring from the road at the end of the year.
She told Rolling Stone, "The direction this album went is that  is going to be my last year of formal touring, and so there was a feeling, maybe not even spoken, but there was a strong feeling that it's time to move on."
On January 3rd, she released the lead single "Whistle Down The Wind" from the album. It was written by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan.
The album comprises 10-track and features Tom Waits, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Josh Ritter, Zoe Mulford, Tim Eriksen, and Eliza Gilkyson as songwriters.
The new album is set to be released in March 2, 2018.
- About the new album, she said;
"It's been about a year, a year and a half. It starts off as a thought in my head and then my manager just tells me to start looking. I just run into certain songs that are just no-brainers. I'm very excited about this new album, I have to say. I don't always get this big a rush for a new record, but I recognize this as something totally different. Since the last album, my voice has changed so much, and it's not necessarily my choice. It's just what happens as you get older. Vocal cords need more and more work and they can never go back to what they were. So I have a new range and a new way of expressing myself, and it really reflects a lifetime of singing, among other things."
In 2017, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
She kicks off Fare Thee Well Tour 2018 in support of the new album at Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre on March 2. The tour takes place in Europe and the UK through to August.
Learn more about tour dates, click here.
- source : Rolling Stone