Sunday, November 15, 2009

JUST LISTEN: NANCI GRIFFITH


Singer/songwriter Nanci Griffith's music is a combination of country and folk, or as she likes it call it, "folkabilly." At age 6, she began to writing her own songs, thinking of it as “part of the process of learning how to play guitar.” She was discovered at age 14 by singer/songwriter Tom Russell at the Kerrville Folk Festival. In 1994, she won a Grammy Award for her album, Other Voices, Other Rooms. She's recorded 18 albums, toured all over the world and she's not showing any signs of slowing down.

Her latest album, The Loving Kind, was released in June of this year. Touching on political themes and injustices, Griffith isn't afraid to write about the issues that touch her heart. The title song tells the true story of a mixed marriage in 1958 and how love triumphed over social injustice. The song "Not Innocent Enough” is a statement against the death penalty, delving into the story of Philip Workman, a man falsely convicted and executed. “I started writing this song long before Philip was executed but just couldn’t finish it until that final injustice took place. I am a total abolitionist on the death penalty. I just hope [the song] makes a difference.”

You can learn more about Nanci Griffith on her official website and purchase her music here.



2 comments:

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Yay Nanci!

K and S said...

I've been a fan for a number of years now. One of the best concerts I ever attended was Nanci Griffith, John Prine and Robert Earl Keen.

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