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Judy Collins - Part One - Off The Road with Dave Lawrence

Brad Trent

Find the entire Off The Road series at hawaiipublicradio.org/offtheroad.

Today, HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence welcomes back a returning guest who has history in the state stretching back over a half century: Judy Collins.

Judy joined us from her apartment in New York City. She is returning to Hawaii in early 2022 to the Blue Note, which as you'll hear in our feature, was among the last places she played before the crisis began.

Judy Collins is a legendary performer who takes us all the way back to the beginning in part one of our two features that make up this Off The Road episode. First she explains how the pandemic initially impacted her life in early 2020, and then details a few of the highlights from her experiences since. One of those was her performance at Town Hall in New York early this year, where she performed many of the songs from her debut there in 1964. She also told us about ways her upcoming tour plans have been affected, including dates that were planned with Arlo Guthrie, and she walks us through some of the incredible shared history they have with a 60-year friendship! Finally, she digs into her new podcast, Since You’ve Asked, and highlights some of the special guests she’s been speaking with.

Tomorrow for part two we dig into some classic stories centered around Joni Mitchell, Clive Davis and her experiences in Hawaii that go back to the mid-1960s. We’ll also post the complete new interview, which contains many more stories not featured in the two podcast segments.


Hear some classic interviews we’ve done with Judy from 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2014.

See a video Judy published earlier this year of a recent live performance:

Off The Road started in April 2020 when the pandemic led to a halt in the touring entertainment industry. Connecting with artists around the world since, we’ve offered intimate conversations and many exclusive musical performances with some of the biggest names in music, spanning many genres, eras and styles. Some of the highlight artists we’ve welcomed so far include John McLaughlin, Carlos Santana, Linda Ronstadt, Al Di Meola, 10,000 Maniacs, Alice Cooper, Soul Asylum, Deep Purple, Third World, George Benson, Heart, Joe Satriani, The Doors, Randy Brecker, Peter Frampton and System of a Down.

Dave Lawrence is the local host of All Things Considered, Road Stories (formerly Off the Road), and Stargazer.
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