Friday, March 8th: PATTY GRIFFIN
Patty Griffin is an American singer-songwriter and musician. She is a vocalist and plays guitar and piano. She is known for her stripped-down songwriting style in the folk music genre.
Griffin was 16 years old when she bought her first guitar for $50. While Griffin learned to play, she showed no interest in making music a career in her teens and twenties; however, when her marriage broke up in 1992, Griffin, now living in Boston, developed a keener interest in writing songs, and was soon performing regularly at local coffeehouses.
Her 1996 debut album, “Living with Ghosts,” was drawn from Griffin's original acoustic demo recordings, which was followed by 1998’s, “Flaming Red,” teamed Griffin with a full band and a full-bodied production in sharp contrast to the spare sound of the debut.
In 2003 Griffin released a live album, “A Kiss in Time,” and by this time she was gaining greater recognition as a performer, with her songs being covered by Willie Nelson, the Dixie Chicks, Bette Midler, Emmylou Harris, Shawn Colvin, Miranda Lambert, Solomon Burke, and the Wreckers. In 2007, Griffin received the Artist of the Year award from the Americana Music Association, and her album “Children Running Through” won the award for Best Album. In 2011, Griffin's album “Downtown Church” won the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Gospel Album.
Over her nearly 30 year-long musical career, she has released 9 albums. Her latest album, a self-titled album, was released this week.