Judy Collins and Stephen Stills first met in 1967 and quickly fell into a tumultuous love affair that would be immortalized in Stephen's song "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes." Everybody Knows marks the first album the two icons and longtime friends have recorded together. The loving, playful and emotional album finds Judy and Stephen performing refreshed versions of songs that tie their whimsical 50-year history together, plus a brand new song penned by Judy, and a refined take by both artists on classics by Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Traveling Wilburys and more.
Everybody Knows is bursting with songs that illustrate a rich history between the two legends. "Who Knows Where The Time Goes," from Judy's 1968 album of the same name, was the first song Judy and Stephen ever recorded together. Stills first recorded "Judy" in a demo session immediately following Judy's "Who Knows Where The Time Goes" session, in the very same studio. This demo tape was lost for years and later issued as the Just Roll Tape album. "So Begins The Task" is another Stills original that also appears on the Just Roll Tape demo. The song was later recorded for Stills' Manassas debut, and for CSN 2012. Judy recorded "So Begins The Task" as well, for 1973's True Stories and Other Dreams. She wrote "Houses" about her relationship with Stephen, a standout track from her landmark release, 1975's platinum-selling Judith.
The album also features duets over classic songs such as Bob Dylan's "Girl From The North Country." Judy, known for her early interpretations of Leonard Cohen's work, selected "Everybody Knows" for this album – her first time recording it. Stephen and Judy sing over a soaring version of Traveling Wilburys' "Handle With Care." The song "Questions" was written by Stills and recorded for Buffalo Springfield's Last Time Around, and later revisited on the second section of "Carry On," from Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young's Déjà Vu. And finally – Judy penned a brand new song for this album, "River Of Gold." Everybody Knows was recorded at West Lake Studios in West Hollywood, and was produced by Stephen Stills, Judy Collins, Marvin Etzioni and Alan Silverman. It features Russell Walden on piano, Kevin McCormick on bass, and Tony Beard on drums.