Late last fall, Joanna asked me if we had any shows in Los Angeles coming up that she could drop in on as a surprise opener to test out some new songs. We didn’t have anything planned until August at the Hollywood Bowl with My Morning Jacket, but this is the greatest living songwriter we’re talking about, maybe the best musician since, like, J.S. Bach, so me and the FF team spent the last few months planning this for her.
The venue needed to be small enough that it would sell out right away as a Fleet-Foxes-only show, regal enough to deserve a Joanna appearance, and allowing of us to be onsite for multiple days of both rehearsal and the construction of the elaborate flower arrangements surrounding the stage and venue. I came up with this “Spring Recital” conceit just to deflect attention from the “special guest” part, and I asked my dad and Daniel Rossen to be involved, giving it a kind of Last Waltz feeling, an impression that anyone might show up.
We had custom merchandise made, our collaborators the Westerlies made horn arrangements for Joanna off of voice memos, my brother filmed the event… I am so lucky and grateful that the touring organization we’ve built was able to gracefully accommodate this request of hers and make it the best it could possibly be, something really special for the 1,200 devoted people who trusted us when buying tickets. Putting this show together was the honor of my lifetime! Thank you Joanna!
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