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Simon Renshaw Presents: Janis Ian Shares Your Pain
Simon Renshaw Presents: Janis Ian Shares Your Pain



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The Basics: Produced by John Jennings & Janis Ian; recorded 1994 at Sound Emporium, Nashville.

Personnel: Musicians: Cyro Baptista, Jim Brock, Steve Gadd, Jim Hoke, Janis Ian, John Jennings, Carl Marsh, Simon Renshaw, Matt Rollings, Willie Weeks.

Inside Scoop: Janis' manager at the time, Simon Renshaw (who now manages The Dixie Chicks among others, and has become a self-described mogul), is "like the kid brother you can't stand being around, but adore all the same. Big voice, big presence, very noisy ego!" Janis decided to make him crazy, so she spent three months having all her friends tell him she was working on a secret jazz project she was convinced would be "the next big thing". This was guaranteed to drive him nuts, since he firmly believes jazz is dead. She wrote parodies of a bunch of the Revenge songs (with the help of John Jennings and Dave Sinko), then recorded new vocals onto the stereo tracks. She then called all Simon's friends and invited them to a playback party. We created a fake album cover where every credit was Simon's (words & music by Simon Renshaw, produced by Simon Renshaw), with the title SIMON RENSHAW PRESENTS in huge letters, then my name in tiny script. We had a merchandise table with T shirts, cassettes, and "signed autographed pictures" of Simon for sale. We brought him into the studio blind-folded, sat him down in the producer's seat, then hit PLAYBACK... and a very good time was had by all!

This album achieved near-legendary status with Janis fans; it was rumoured to exist but was completely unavailable. Only two copies of the actual CD were ever created...One belongs to Simon, the other to Pat. Pat graciously allowed Janis to use her copy to make the album available in the iTunes store, which is the only other place you will be able to get a copy.



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Tour Dates

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All tour dates updated on April 13, 2018

  • Friday, June 22

    Evans Ampitheatre, Cain Park, Cleveland Heights, OH, N/A

    Evans Ampitheatre, Cain Park

    Cleveland Heights, OH, N/A

    Phone: (216) 371-3000

    Visit the venue's website

    Janis will appear with old friend Susan Werner - expect some good times!

  • Sunday June 24

    Martin Theatre, Ravinia Festival, Highland Park, Illinois,

    Martin Theatre, Ravinia Festival

    Highland Park, Illinois,

    Phone: (847) 266-5000

    Visit the venue's website

    Janis will be making a rare appearance as part of the 2018 Ravinia Festival, in the historic Martin Theatre. This theatre is the only building that still remains from the original Ravinia Park, which opened in 1904. Lovingly restored, it's long been on Janis' "wish list" of venues, and finally, that wish has come true!! 

  • Thursday July 12

    Britt Festival, Jacksonville, Oregon

    Britt Festival

    Jacksonville, Oregon

    Phone: 800-882-7488

    Visit the venue's website

    Longtime friends Arlo and Janis finally team up for a show together! They first met in 1967, when they co-presented the Grammy Award for Best Folk Album. "Shows like this are the reason I keep performing," says Janis. "For the chance to work with someone like Arlo, and have a good time in Oregon!"

  • Sunday, August 5th, 2018

    Cambridge Folk Festival, Cambridge, United Kingdom

    Cambridge Folk Festival

    Cambridge, United Kingdom

    Phone: 01223 357851

    Visit the venue's website

  • Wednesday August 8 SOLD OUT

    Tivolo Vredenburg, Utrecht, Holland

    Tivolo Vredenburg

    Utrecht, Holland

    Phone: +3130 – 2314544

    Visit the venue's website

    Solo Concert - first Utrecht show since 2004, first appearance in Holland since 2011!!

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