One of the great American songbirds, Colorado folkie Judy Collins is up there with Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez in the premier league of female singer/songwriters. Her 1961 debut album A Maid of Constant Sorrow is a delicate and heart-wrenching piece of work, despite (or perhaps because of) the fact that all of the songs on are traditional folk numbers. She’s collaborated with former lover Stephen Stills as recently as 2017 with the Everybody Knows album, and this year’s Winter Stories, which is about the season of winter rather than explicitly Christmas, is beautiful. Unlike some of her peers, Collins has always managed to appeal to new audiences while retaining an air of authenticity. She’s a treasure.
Judy Collins plays with Chuck Murphy and NapyNap at 7 p.m. on Sunday, November 10 at the Rose.
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