Nanci Griffith tours to support "The Loving Kind"
Thursday, July 30, 2009
– Nanci Griffith will hit the road in support of her new disc, "The Loving Kind." Griffith has dates set between early August and December.
The CD is Griffith's 19th album and first studio album of original and contemporary material since 2005's "Hearts In Mind." Featuring 13 new songs, Griffith takes a political bent. It was produced by Pat McInerney and Thomm Jutz and features McInerney on drums and percussion, Jutz on guitar, Matt McKenzie on bass, Barry Walsh on keyboards, Shad Cobb on fiddle and Fats Kaplin on pedal steel guitar, mandolin and fiddle.
Tour dates are:
Aug. 2 Paramount Arts Center - Ashland, KY
Aug. 14 Egyptian Theatre - Boise, ID
Aug. 15 Aladdin Theatre - Portland, OR
Aug. 16 Woodland Park Zoo Amphitheatre - Seattle, WA
Aug. 22 The Morton Arboretum - Lisle, IL
Sept. 10 The Handlebar - Greenville, SC
Sept. 11 Riley Center for the Performing Arts - Meridian, MS
Sept. 12 Delta Fair & Music Festival - Memphis, TN
Oct. 2 Door Community Auditorium - Fish Creek, WI
Oct. 7 Ram's Head On Stage - Annapolis, MD
Oct. 8 & 9 The Birchmere - Alexandria, VA
Oct. 17 Cedarburg Performing Arts Center - Cedarburg, WI
Oct. 23 Town Hall - New York, NY
Oct. 24 Calvin Theater & PAC - Northampton, MA
Oct. 25 Stone Mountain Arts Center - Brownfield, ME
Nov. 13 Newberry Opera House - Newberry, SC
Nov. 14 Thomas Wolfe Auditorium - Asheville, NC
Dec. 15 Old Town School of Folk Music - Chicago, IL
CD reviews for Nanci Griffith
The Loving Kind
Who is Nanci Griffith? On a basic level, of course, she's a folk-country artist who started out singing about love, life on the farm and surviving in the big city, then migrated to grander concerns. But where is her heart and, more vexingly, her talent? This return to the label of her early success will do little to resolve those questions. Her heart, surely, is with the big issues, and this CD of all new material weighs in on the death penalty, interracial marriage, G.W. Bush and B.H. »»»
Nanci Griffith, once the darling of alt.-country, before it was called that, is back on Rounder, the label with which she began her career and is referred to in the press kit as a "folkabilly" artist. Rounder apparently didn't get the word that the years away had wrought some changes.
The evolution from the twangy, chirpy naif is now apparently complete - unless maybe she records Aida. Griffith herself refers to this in the booklet as a record of torch songs, though it contains »»»
Other Voices, Too (A Trip Back to Bountiful)
Nanci Griffith pays homage to some of her favorite songwriters by reworking tunes transcending time and genre. The guest list is impressive. Country fans will be most familiar with "Wings of a Dove," a moving duet with Lucinda Williams, and Johnny Cash's "I Still Miss Someone," on which Griffith is joined by Rodney Crowell.
One of the highlights is Tom Russell's "Canadian Whiskey," with Ian Tyson sharing lead vocals. Russell returns the favor by performing with Griffith on Tyson's "Summer Wages. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk
When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Daniels wears out bows, but music endures
After each of the first few songs Charlie Daniels played, his 'fiddle tech (?)' exchanged his bow. Is this because he was playing particularly hard? Perhaps. Whatever the case, Daniels and his five-piece band clearly appeared to be giving it their all during the act's hour-and-a-half set.
As it is the Christmas month, Daniels sang a... »»»
Concert Review: Rawlings easily moves out of the shadow
Every once in awhile David Rawlings moves out of the shadow of musical mate Gillian Welch to launch his own tour. While Welch, for whom Rawlings plays guitar, has the more prominent career, nights like this ably confirm that there is a reason does his own thing as well.
Rawlings, who released the very fine "Poor David's Almanack" in... »»»
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