Although Joanna Newsom’s Appalachian-meets-avant-garde take on folk music is her most celebrated work, her range is even more inclusive than her solo career suggests: the classically trained harpist adds a decidedly different, textural sound to Nervous Cop, the noise rock trio that also features Deerhoof’s Greg Saunier and Hella’s Zach Hill, and she also plays keyboards for the Pleased, another San Francisco-area band more akin to Blondie or Television than her other projects. Like her resumé, Newsom’s family and hometown of Nevada City, California, were musically rich: her mother trained to be a concert pianist, her father was a guitarist, and her brother and sister played the drums and cello, respectively. Meanwhile, the Newsoms also counted composer/pianist Terry Riley as a neighbor, along with Howard Hersh and W. Jay Sydeman.

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New Joanna Newsom Video – Sandy Denny Cover

Joanna Newsom recently released a video for “The North Star Grassman And The Ravens” originally by Sandy Denny Cover. Newsom recorded the song for the L.A. fashion line Wren, and she also wears Wren’s clothes and co-stars with an owl in the song’s ethereal new video, which you can watch below.

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