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Patty Griffin Opening Act: John Smith


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One quality that’s distinguished Griffin’s body of work throughout her nearly quarter-century career is her gift for imagining the untamed forces of people’s inner lives.


Patty Griffin is among the most consequential singer-songwriters of her generation, a quintessentially American artist whose wide-ranging canon incisively explores the intimate moments and universal emotions that bind us together. Over the course of two decades, the Grammy Award winner and seven-time nominee has crafted nine classic studio albums and two live collections, a remarkable body of work in progress that prompted the New York Times to hail her for “[writing] cameo-carved songs that create complete emotional portraits of specific people . . . [her] songs have independent lives that continue in your head when the music ends.”

The Austin, Texas–based singer-songwriter made an immediate impact with her 1996 debut, Living With Ghosts, and its 1998 follow-up, Flaming Red—both now considered seminal works of modern folk and Americana. Griffin’s diverse body of work spans such classic LPs as 2002’s Grammy-nominated 1000 Kisses—later ranked number fifteen on Paste’s 50 Best Albums of the Decade (2000–2009)—and 2007’s Children Running Through, honored by the Americana Music Association with two Americana honors and awards, including Artist of the Year and Album of the Year.

To date, Griffin has received seven total nominations from the Americana Music Association, affirming her as one of the far-reaching genre’s leading proponents. 2011’s Downtown Church, which blends traditional gospel favorites with Griffin’s own spiritually questioning material, debuted at number one on both Billboard’s Folk Albums and Christian Albums charts before winning 2011’s Best Traditional Gospel Album Grammy Award, Griffin’s first solo Grammy triumph among seven total career nominations. Griffin’s most recent LP, 2015’s Servant of Love, marked the first release on her own PGM Recordings label via Thirty Tigers. Applauded by The Guardian as “bravely experimental,” the collection saw Griffin earn still another Grammy Award nomination, this time in the Best Folk Album category.

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