At first, the joining of folk icon Joan Baez with country singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter and the folk-rock duo the Indigo Girls seemed a bit odd but, the fact is, they have been friends for some time and the blending of the four voices is nothing short of amazing.
The four took the stage during Baez’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April, singing Deportee and The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down and opened their Four Voices Tour on June 2 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.
While each performed their biggest songs, there were also deep cuts from albums, including the Indigo Girls’ Ray and Salier’s solo work, and covers from artists like Eliza Gilkyson, Tom Waits, Antony & the Johnsons and, of course, Bob Dylan).
There was also a bit of political content, as would be expected, with Baez performing her new song for Donald Trump, Nasty Man.
Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right (from Baez’ Joan Baez In Concert, Vol. 2, 1963)
Get Out the Map (from Indigo Girls’ Shaming of the Sun, 1997)
Stones in the Road (from Chapin-Carpenter’s Stones in the Road, 1994)
Heartache for Everyone (from Indigo Girls’ All That We Let In, 2004)
Deportee (from Baez’ Blessed Are…, 1971)
Another World (Antony & the Johnsons cover)
Let It Be Me (from Indigo Girls’ Rites of Passage, 1992)
I Have a Need for Solitude (from the BBC’s Transatlantic Sessions 6, Vol. 1, 2014)
Who Sold the Gun (from Amy Ray’s Didn’t It Feel Kinder, 2008)
Diamonds and Rust (from Baez’ Diamonds and Rust, 1975)
The Age of Miracles (from Chapin-Carpenter’s The Age of Miracles, 2010)
Shame On You (from Indigo Girls’ Shaming of the Sun, 1997)
Train Inside (unreleased Emily Saliers song)
Nasty Man (unreleased Joan Baez song)
This Shirt (from Chapin-Carpenters’ State of the Heart, 1989)
Closer to Fine (from Indigo Girls, 1989)
Great Correction (Eliza Gilkyson cover)
Share the Moon (from Indigo Girls’ Beauty Queen Sister, 2011)
The Last Leaf on the Tree (Tom Waits cover)
The Hard Way (from Chapin-Carpenters’ Come On Come On, 1992)
Finlandia (This Is My Song) (from Baez’ Bowery Songs, 2005)
The Times They Are A-Changin’ (Bob Dylan cover)
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (from Baez’ Blessed Are…, 1971)