With Blessed Are..
., Joan Baez
found herself with a hit single on the charts. That song, a cover of Robbie Robertson
's "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down," is just one of the many surprises on Blessed Are..
. Once again using some of Nashville's finest pickers and songwriters, Baez
runs the gamut of such influences as the Beatles
, the Rolling Stones
, Mickey Newberry, Jesse Winchester
, Stevie Wonder
and, of course, herself, while sounding nothing more than like Joan Baez
always has. Great music, and a lot of it, too, for when it was released on vinyl, it was a double album with a special 7" single included. Altogether, 22 tracks of some of Joan