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Brent's Pastrami Reuben

Brent's Pastrami Reuben

Janis relaxed in Baja

Janis relaxed in Baja

Yes, this is how close they get

Yes, this is how close they get

Janis, Tom, & Natalia backstage

Janis, Tom, & Natalia backstage

Janis, the Mautes, and a birthday cake

Janis, the Mautes, and a birthday cake

Janis & MT Winter

Janis & MT Winter

Janis, Pete et al Clearwater

Janis, Pete et al Clearwater

Janis & Phoebe Snow Cast Party by Mark

Janis & Phoebe Snow Cast Party by Mark

Janis, Jerry Lewis & Mike Douglas

Janis, Jerry Lewis & Mike Douglas

Janisand the Del McCoury band

Janisand the Del McCoury band

The Wedding group

The Wedding group

May 18, 2011

As I continue trying to juggle being self-managed with writing, performing, and all the other things I want to do, more and more things slip through the cracks. The monthly updates, for instance. I was waiting until our LA trip was over, to tell you that we got to hang backstage at Big Bang Theory! and watch a run-through with Bill Prady and Chuck Lorre. Then I wanted to tell you about Brent's Deli and the best pastrami sandwich in the universe. And whale-watching in Baja with National Geographic.

Except by the time I was ready with that, I wanted to wait and see how the US tour went. (Who would have thought one of this years' highlights would be Logan, Utah?!) And then I was in Florida with Natalia Zukerman, but I also wanted to see how the dates with Tom Paxton and Natalia went (they were fabulous). Then I was waiting until the European dates were finalized, and the Joan Maute/Gail Kerbaugh LRC in Hilton Head was done (it was fantastic).

Somewhere in there I turned sixty, much to my astonishment - Debra and Lee strung Mylar all over the front of my hotel door and took me out for lobster (there's never enough lobster), and fans brought me gifts and sang "Happy Birthday" all week long. I was kind of waiting to see if I survived it before I wrote an update.

Then I wanted to tell you about the amazing day I spent with noted feminist theologian Miriam Therese Winter, author of Paradoxology, promoter of quantum theology, and one of my favorite people in the universe. I did my laundry in her basement while we talked about women, religion, politics, and the world as we wish it would be.

Those of you following my occasional message forum bursts know that I was asked to record one of her songs, and wound up instead adapting her spoken-word piece "You Are the Song", which has become "I Am the One." I'll be recording it next month for the tribute album, and of course wanted to wait until I had more information to give you. Which I don't yet. But I did get to sing it for her, privately and then publicly, and tell her that in my own small tribute to her, I'd be donating all my royalties from the project to the Medical Mission Sisters.

Well. Nothing like a Jewish songwriter and a Catholic sister spending a few days together to bring home the importance of family! Before I knew it, it was Passover. My little crew and I headed for Nahant to stay with Uncle Bernie and Aunt Emily, feasting on lobster and walking by the ocean... well, I really didn't feel like doing a website update then! Besides, I was waiting on the UK tour dates to be finalized, and rushing to organize a last-minute living room concert in Brooklyn. (That makes two this year, with another two upcoming. Go Pearl Foundation!)

We headed south for a Clearwater benefit in Tarrytown, where I got to spend time with old friends like Peter Yarrow, Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, the ever-delightful and superbly talented David Amram, and Bernice Reagon - and play piano behind Pete Seeger! Around the corner, we discovered something called a Kyoto iced coffee at Coffee Labs and fell in love. (Though sadly, the equipment is far too expensive for any of us... but still, one can hope they open a branch in Nashville!)

Right around then, my old friend Phoebe Snow died. It hit me like a ton of bricks; Phoebe was always one of my favorite writers, and such a fine singer that my contracts actually stated I would not have to follow her on stage. (The only other time I've ever demanded that is when I worked with Richie Havens.) She was also my contemporary, which brought my birthday home a little more forcefully than I'd have liked. And I still didn't have final European tour dates!

I found out Between the Lines is being re-issued on Boxstar Records in vinyl and in a gold CD, so I wanted to tell you about that... but I still don't have release dates... then Peter Cunningham found a treasure trove of old photos, and I had to vet them out for use on other projects, but I wanted to show you this one of me with Jerry Lewis... and then it was time to go home!

Having lost a dear, dear friend to cancer recently, I was even more determined to give my body the best shot by keeping my medical checks up-to-date, so when I finally got here I had my eyes checked, bone density, blood work, mammogram, pap smear, dental - and amazingly enough after all that road time, everything is great. (Thanks for asking.) I wanted to wait until the results to do my update.

Then I got to go to a Del McCoury recording session, and I was waiting to tell you about that. (It was fantastic - what an amazing bunch of players! And just about the sweetest folk you can imagine.) Also did harmonies for my old friend and co-writer Jon Vezner on his new CD. And was waiting for the European dates to be finalized.

My European agent, Paul Fenn, was in town last week and we spent some good time together, talking about European tour managers for this run (don't ask), hotel prices (really don't ask), and how soon the UK dates would be finalized.

Then Pat and I began watching our friend George R. R. Martin's series Game of Thrones, and I wanted to brag that he and his partner Parris McBride were among the five people who stood up for us when we were married in 2003, and offer my public congratulations to them on this stunning success, but I really wanted to finish reading the series before I posted anything. And see if any of my tour dates were anywhere near the filming. Which I still don't know.

But finally, just this morning, the tour dates are finished and up on the website. I'm home, in one piece, trying to cope with weather swings here in Nashville - set out my basil and cilantro a little while ago in 80 degree weather, then watched it swing down to 50 this week. I feel like it's already fall, and I'm already in Europe.

Life could be worse, at sixty.

Best,

Janis Ian

Janis

We are reading: George Alec Effinger, pretty much everything.
We are listening to: Sarah Jarosz' stunning new CD, Follow Me Down.

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All tour dates updated on April 6, 2021

  • Sunday June 27 to Saturday July 3

    Swannanoa Gathering Fiddle Mando Banjo Week, Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA

    Swannanoa Gathering Fiddle Mando Banjo Week

    Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA

    Phone:

    Visit the venue's website

    Note that Swannanoa is moving online for 2021; for more information, please visit their website.

    For the first time, Janis will be giving her 5-day series "A Master Class In Artistry" during each of the Swannanoa Gathering weeks. The final week will also feature a second, more interactive class tentatively titled "War Stories". Time of classes is TBA; please check the  website for more information. The 5 day class covers everything from the origins of artists to physicalization, songwriting for profit and not so much, performance, the need to be brave, how to survive as an artist in the modern world, and why bother. Points are illustrated with songs and playing as she takes us on

  • Sunday July 04 to Saturday July 10

    Swannanoa Gathering Traditional Song Week, Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA

    Swannanoa Gathering Traditional Song Week

    Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA

    Phone:

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    Note that Swannanoa is moving online for 2021; for more information, please visit their website.

    For the first time, Janis will be giving her 5-day series "A Master Class In Artistry" during each of the Swannanoa Gathering weeks. Time of her classes is TBA; please check the  website for more information. The 5 day class covers everything from the origins of artists to physicalization, songwriting for profit and not so much, performance, the need to be brave, how to survive as an artist in the modern world, and why bother. Points are illustrated with songs and playing as she takes us on a journey that begins with the first caveman to tell a story and continues through the myth of

  • Sunday July 11 to Saturday July 17

    Swannanoa Gathering Celtic Week, Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA

    Swannanoa Gathering Celtic Week

    Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA

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    Note that Swannanoa is moving online for 2021; for more information, please visit their website.

    For the first time, Janis will be giving her 5-day series "A Master Class In Artistry" during each of the Swannanoa Gathering weeks. Time of her classes is TBA; please check the  website for more information. The 5 day class covers everything from the origins of artists to physicalization, songwriting for profit and not so much, performance, the need to be brave, how to survive as an artist in the modern world, and why bother. Points are illustrated with songs and playing as she takes us on a journey that begins with the first caveman to tell a story and continues through the myth of

  • Sunday July 18 to Saturday July 24

    Swannanoa Gathering Old Time Week, Swannanoa, North Carolina,

    Swannanoa Gathering Old Time Week

    Swannanoa, North Carolina,

    Phone:

    Visit the venue's website

    Note that Swannanoa is moving online for 2021; for more information, please visit their website.

    For the first time, Janis will be giving her 5-day series "A Master Class In Artistry" during each of the Swannanoa Gathering weeks. Time of her classes is TBA; please check the  website for more information. The 5 day class covers everything from the origins of artists to physicalization, songwriting for profit and not so much, performance, the need to be brave, how to survive as an artist in the modern world, and why bother. Points are illustrated with songs and playing as she takes us on a journey that begins with the first caveman to tell a story and continues through the myth of

  • Sunday July 25 to Saturday July 31

    Swannanoa Gathering Cont. Folk & Guitar Week, Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA

    Swannanoa Gathering Cont. Folk & Guitar Week

    Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA

    Phone: N/A

    Visit the venue's website

    Note that Swannanoa is moving online for 2021; for more information, please visit their website.

    For the first time, Janis will be giving her 5-day series "A Master Class In Artistry" during each of the Swannanoa Gathering weeks. Time of her classes is TBA; please check the  website for more information. The 5 day class covers everything from the origins of artists to physicalization, songwriting for profit and not so much, performance, the need to be brave, how to survive as an artist in the modern world, and why bother. Points are illustrated with songs and playing as she takes us on a journey that begins with the first caveman to tell a story and continues through the myth of the artist as "crazy", the need for silence, and

  • Saturday, August 7 - NEW 2022 DATE TBA

    Shalin Liu, Rockport, MA

    Shalin Liu

    Rockport, MA

    Phone: (978) 546-7391

    Visit the venue's website

    NEW 2022 DATE TBA. Janis has been hearing about Shalin Liu from friends for more than a decade, and it's taken this long to coordinate schedules so she could do two nights in this prestigious venue. Expect old songs, new songs, stories, and time afterward for hellos and signing whatever you bring or buy! Since she'll be there for two nights, things should get a bit more relaxed than usual - maybe an extra step out guitar solo, or an audience Q&A. Who knows?! We can promise that this ten-time-Grammy-nominee will put on a great show, with plenty of heart and soul. 8 pm show

  • Sunday, August 8 - NEW 2022 DATE TBA

    Shalin Liu, Rockport, MA

    Shalin Liu

    Rockport, MA

    Phone: (978) 546-7391

    Visit the venue's website

    NEW 2022 DATE TBA. Janis has been hearing about Shalin Liu from friends for more than a decade, and it's taken this long to coordinate schedules so she could do two nights in this prestigious venue. Expect old songs, new songs, stories, and time afterward for hellos and signing whatever you bring or buy! Since she'll be there for two nights, things should get a bit more relaxed than usual - maybe an extra step out guitar solo, or an audience Q&A. Who knows?! We can promise that this ten-time-Grammy-nominee will put on a great show, with plenty of heart and soul. 8 pm start!

  • Sunday, March 6th

    The Magnolia, El Cajon, CA

    The Magnolia

    El Cajon, CA

    Phone: 619-651-2004

    Visit the venue's website

    Solo show. Tickets will go on sale Thursday, April 15th, 2021.

  • Friday, March 11th

    McCabes Guitar Shop, Los Angeles, CA

    McCabes Guitar Shop

    Los Angeles, CA

    Phone: 310-828-4497

    Visit the venue's website

    Solo show. Tickets will go on sale Thursday, April 15th, 2021.

  • Saturday, March 12th

    McCabes Guitar Shop, Los Angeles, CA

    McCabes Guitar Shop

    Los Angeles, CA

    Phone: 310-828-4497

    Visit the venue's website

    Solo show. Tickets will go on sale Thursday, April 15th, 2021.

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