Bob Dylan & Joni Mitchell, Austin, Texas, January 28, 1976 © Watt Casey.
“Dylan showed up at the Austin concert, and he was acting really weird. He showed up onstage like a crazy person. He wandered around through the amps. He made it very apparent to the audience that he was there, but he never came forward. He just got on the stage and wandered around. We didn’t sing anything together.”—Joni Mitchell, “Reckless Daughter” David Yaffe, 2017.
“In response to minutes of clapping and stomping, Joni Mitchell at last returned to the stage, bringing a friend with her: Bob Dylan. Dylan was finally cajoled into doing a duet with Mitchell, but he only tapped his foot and played guitar while she sang “Both Sides Now” alone. Next, “Girl from the North Country,” with Dylan still maintaining silence. When, more than half-way through the song, he finally opened his mouth, anticipation was running so high that even a croak would have been greeted with cheers. He was, in fact, so hoarse (presumably from his concert in Houston on Sunday) that he could do little more than croak his way through the verse.”—Lisa Tuttle, Austin American-Statesman, January 30, 1976.