Bearsville Theater Presents Janis Ian on Friday, November 11!
Janis Ian’s first album of new material in 15 years, The Light at the End of the Line, sets the stage for what Ian imagines is her final North American tour in 2022.
It’s a bittersweet moment for fans who have stuck with her from the very beginning. At once familiar and poignant, these 12 new songs present Ian in miniature. They’re intimate portraits of getting older but wiser (“I’m Still Standing”), of knowing when to stand up (“Resist”), of celebrating life’s fleeting beauty (“Swannanoa”), of exalting in your true identity (“Perfect Little Girl”), of paying homage to a lifelong hero and her demons (“Nina,” as in Simone).
“She might not get the loudest shout-outs, but there’s no denying that Ian has often served as a cultural clairvoyant.
“In 1967, she became one of the first fully self-determined female singer-songwriters in pop, having penned every track on her debut album, which was released one month before Laura Nyro’s, a year before Joni Mitchell’s and three before Carole King’s.” – New York Times
Enlisting bassist Viktor Krauss and an all-star cast of supporting musicians (Vince Gill, Diane Schuur, Sam Bush), Ian sends us out on a hopeful note with “Better Times Will Come.” A crash course in American roots music, the joyous coda veers from Appalachian hoedown to New Orleans second-line parade to serious rock shredding.
If The Light at the End of the Line ends up being Ian’s swan song, it’s as graceful an exit as fans could want.