The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall was sold out. Joan Baez was in town and ready to perform. The First Lady of the folk music world stepped out to thunderous applause and a standing ovation – even before she sang her first note.
Sure, people were there to hear the songs she is best known for: the Band’s “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” great old folk favorites like “Stewball,” and the title track of her 1989 album, “Diamonds and Rust,” an autobiographical song about her relationship with Bob Dylan. (We all know who the ‘diamond’ was in that one.) But Joan’s voice on any song transcends all of that hit-music hype.