As first tipped here in March, folk veteran Joan Baez is readying a new album for fall release. “Day After Tomorrow” is due Sept. 9 via Bobolink/Razor & Tie Entertainment and was produced by Steve Earle.
The 10-track album, recorded in Nashville, comes close to the 50th anniversary of Baez’s first performances at Club 47 in Cambridge, Mass. It features three songs written by Earle (“God is God,” “I Am A Wanderer,” “Jericho Road”) as well as compositions by Elvis Costello (“Scarlet Tide”), Tom Waits (“Day After Tomorrow”) and Patty Griffin (“Mary”), among others.
“She’s one of the great interpreters of songs alive on the planet,” Earle told Billboard.com. “We started out with seven songs she brought to the table that she arrived at by hearing them. Some of them she’d already started performing, so we started out with songs she very much wanted to sing.”
Accompanying Baez on the album is the acoustic quintet of Tim O’Brien, Darrell Scott, Viktor Krauss, Kenny Malone and Earle.
“Day After Tomorrow” is Baez’s first studio album since 2003’s “Dark Chords on a Big Guitar.” In 2005, she released a live album, “Bowery Songs.” Earlier this year, she performed an anniversary show at the Passim Center — formerly Club 47 — and also accepted a lifetime achievement award from Club Passim.
Baez will be on tour in Europe this summer, including a June 29 appearance at the U.K.’s Glastonbury Festival. Her first New York shows in four years are also set for Oct. 28-29 at Town Hall.