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Judy Collins to Stephen Stills: I Could Have Loved You Better

On 'Paradise,' out now from Wildflower Records, Judy Collins pairs up with former lover Stephen Stills on the Tom Paxton song "Last Thing on My Mind." The result is a fresh and sweetly melodic reminiscence of a couple’s breakup, beautifully weaving the duo's complementary voices together with softly jangling guitars. The poignant sound of the two singing “I could’ve loved you better… didn’t mean to be unkind/ Don’t you know that was the last thing on my mind” makes for a wonderfully lilting and bittersweet tune.

Listen to Judy Collins and Stephen Stills sing "Last Thing on My Mind" from 'Paradise' here.


Tour dates:

Fri 12/3 - Irvington Town Hall Theater - Irvington, NY

Sat 12/4 - First Presbyterian Church of Freehold - Freehold, NJ

Sun 12/5 - Tupelo Music Hall - White River Junction, VT

Mon 12/6 - Tupelo Music Hall - Londonderry, NH

Thu 12/9 – The Handlebar – Greenville, SC

Fri 12/10 - Peabody Auditorium - Daytona Beach, FL

Sat 12/11 - South Florida Community College - Avon Park, FL

Sun 12/12 - Capitol Theater - Clearwater, FL

Tue 12/14 - Lyric Theater - Stuart, FL

Thu 12/16 - Kravis Center for the Performing Arts - West Palm Beach, FL

2010 is Exceptional Year for Judy Collins

Judy Collins, who USA Today says "sounds as fresh and full of wonder as ever," has had a great year that included the June release of her "life-affirming gem of a record” (The Sun-UK) 'Paradise' (Wildflower Records), which became her highest-charting album in over a decade, and a North American tour that continues into December. She'll appear on NPR's news quiz show "Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me" December 4th and just taped a "Tiny Desk Concert" at NPR's Washington, DC headquarters last week.

In 2010, Judy Collins, called "one of the greatest interpreters of modern times" by Mojo, also:

*Contributed her version of "Over the Rainbow" from 'Paradise' to an oversized children's picture book and 3-song CD set about the #1 movie song of all time (Imagine Publishing), which reached the New York Times bestseller list.

*Performed a sold-out show at the Metropolitan Museum's Temple of Dendur in New York

*Gave the keynote address at a Musicares "Women in Recovery" event in New York

*Performed on  NPR Mountain Stage, listen here

*Performed at AARP's 50th Anniversary convention in Orlando, FL with Crosby, Stills & Nash.

*Auctioned beloved guitars from her extensive collection at Christie's in New York

*Inducted Leonard Cohen into the Songwriters' Hall of Fame

*Presented Mary Chapin Carpenter with the “Spirit of Americana” Free Speech in Music Award from the Newseum’s First Amendment Center and the Americana Music Association.

*Played the Glastonbury Festival for the first time.

With a career spanning 50 years, recording more than 40 albums, including gold and platinum-selling albums, numerous Top 10 hits, plus Grammy nominations, Judy Collins continues to claim her legendary status. ‘Paradise’ features Collins’ take on songs from the likes of Jimmy Webb, Tom Paxton, Joan Baez, Tim Buckley, and Stan Jones, as well as duets with Joan Baez and Stephen Stills.

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Upcoming Judy Collins tour dates:

Fri 11/12 - State Theater Center for the Arts - Easton, PA
Sun 11/14 - Fitchburg State College - Fitchburg, MA
Fri 12/3 - Irvington Town Hall Theater - Irvington, NY
Sat 12/4 - First Presbyterian Church of Freehold - Freehold, NJ
Sun 12/5 - Tupelo Music Hall - White River Junction, VT
Mon 12/6 - Tupelo Music Hall - Londonderry, NH
Thu 12/9 - Cedartown Civic Auditorium - Cedartown, GA
Fri 12/10 - Peabody Auditorium - Daytona Beach, FL
Sat 12/11 - South Florida Community College - Avon Park, FL
Sun 12/12 - Capitol Theater - Clearwater, FL
Tue 12/14 - Lyric Theater - Stuart, FL
Thu 12/16 - Kravis Center for the Performing Arts - West Palm Beach, FL

7 Walkers release self-titled debut today!

7 Walkers, the new project featuring famed drummer and Grateful Dead co-founder Bill Kreutzmann, guitar master Papa Mali, legendary New Orleans bass man George Porter Jr. (The Meters, Funky Meters) and multi-instrumentalist Matt Hubbard (Willie Nelson, Fastball), today release their self-titled debut. With nearly all of its songs co-penned by Papa Mali and longtime Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter, early reviews on 7 Walkers have been incredible.

The highly anticipated release features a batch of brand-new originals, a guest performance by Willie Nelson on “King Cotton Blues,” and a few smokin’ instrumentals. A self-proclaimed “open love letter” to the city of New Orleans, the end result is a fiery and funky collection of tunes that quite brilliantly capture a unique collaboration between these very different musical shamans.

For both Kreutzmann and Papa Mali, 7 Walkers—whose name is borrowed from one of the band’s songs—is something of a dream come true. Kreutzmann has New Orleans in his DNA, literally—his mother was born there—and he’s always been partial to the city’s music. “I have a real feeling for that music and I get along with the folks down there really well,” he says.

The Crescent City, of course, also impacted native Louisianan Papa Mali incalculably. Although he grew up in Shreveport, he made frequent trips during his youth to New Orleans, where his mom’s family was from. “I bought my clothes and my records there, saw lots of live music there and began to forge my own personal style and musical identity in New Orleans,” he says.

The songwriting partnership between Robert Hunter and Papa Mali created undeniable chemistry. Their collaboration, says Kreutzmann, “reminds me very much, and not because of the personalities or anything, of Garcia and Hunter working together, in that really tight fashion. Those words, if you just read them, they’re fun stories, but when you put the music to them it sends them over the top."

He’ll get no argument from Robert Hunter. “7 Walkers hit the ball so far out of the park it’s still sailing,” he says about the album. “It might actually have gone into orbit. I’m very proud to be part of the project. This album is sheer joy from first note to last.”

The complete list of 7 Walkers tour dates is as follows:

Thursday, December 9 Mohegan Sun Casino Uncasville CT

Friday, December 10 Narrow Center for the Arts Fall River MA

Saturday, December 11 Higher Ground South Burlington VT

Sunday, December 12 Tupelo Music Hall Londonderry NH

Tuesday, December 14 Port City Music Hall Portland ME

Thursday, December 16 Stage One Fairfield CT

Friday, December 17 Boulton Center for the Arts Bay Shore NY

Saturday, December 18 World Cafe Live Philadelphia PA

Sunday, December 19 City Winery New York NY

Tuesday, December 28 Tupelo Music Hall White River Junction VT

Wednesday, December 29 Pearl Street Northampton MA

Thursday, December 30 Westcott Theater Syracuse NY

Friday, December 31 The Silo Reading PA