Helpless Dancer

The Endless Note

Nanci Griffith

The loving kind

Back in June I had a few specific posts which got mothballed due to time constraints around the sad passing of Gordon Lennon, over the next couple of weeks I am going to address them thus if the dates or timings seem strange you now know the reason.

First up is the great Nanci Griffith who released a new album The Loving Kind back in June, now I am no fan of Country music in its real sense, however, it has generated many a great singer/songwriter who has crossed over into more mainstream genres.

Here is the title track from the above album, it tells the tale of the Richard and Mildrid Loving who due to their mixed marriage of white man and black woman were forced out of Virginia due to the real possibility of arrest under the state’s Jim Crow Laws.

“The Loving Kind” – Nanci Griffith

The 1967 landmark civil rights case – Loving v. Virginia – ended the ban on inter racial marriage.

nancigriffith

Nanci Caroline Griffith, (born July 6, 1953 in Seguin, Texas) is an American singer, guitarist and songwriter from Austin, Texas.

Griffith’s career has spanned a variety of musical genres, predominantly country, Folk, and what she terms “folkabilly.” Griffith won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album in 1994 for her recording, Other Voices, Other Rooms.

This album features Griffith covering the songs of artists who are her major influences. One of her better-known songs is “From a Distance” by Julie Gold, although Bette Midler‘s version achieved greater commercial success. Similarly, other artists have occasionally achieved greater success with Griffith’s songs than Griffith herself. For example, Kathy Mattea had a country music top five hit with a 1986 cover of Griffith’s “Love at the Five and Dime,” and Suzy Bogguss had one of her largest hits with Griffith’s and Tom Russell’s “Outbound Plane.”

Griffith was married to singer-songwriter Eric Taylor from 1976 to 1982. In the early 1990s, she was engaged to singer-songwriter Tom Kimmel, but the couple parted before marrying.

Griffith has in recent years toured with various other artists including Buddy Holly‘s band, The Crickets, John Prine, Iris DeMent, Suzy Bogguss and Judy Collins.

Griffith has recorded duets with many artists, among them Emmylou Harris, Mary Black, John Prine, Don McLean, Jimmy Buffett, Dolores Keane, Willie Nelson, Adam Duritz (singer of Counting Crows), and Darius Rucker (singer of Hootie & the Blowfish). She has also contributed background vocals on many other recordings.

 

To buy the music of Nanci Griffith click HERE

 

Coming Soon……..Emmylou Harris

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October 25, 2009 - Posted by | New Music, Video | ,

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