Nanci Griffith

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Nanci Griffith
Background information
Birth nameNanci Caroline Griffith
Born(1953-07-06) July 6, 1953 (age 59)
Genrescountry, folk, singer-songwriter
InstrumentsVocalist, acoustic guitar
Years active1978 to present
LabelsB.F. Deal, Featherbed, Philo, MCA, Elektra, Rounder, New Door
Associated actsThe Blue Moon Orchestra
The Crickets
Darius Rucker
The Kennedys
Websitehttp://www.nancigriffith.com
 
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Nanci Griffith
Background information
Birth nameNanci Caroline Griffith
Born(1953-07-06) July 6, 1953 (age 59)
Genrescountry, folk, singer-songwriter
InstrumentsVocalist, acoustic guitar
Years active1978 to present
LabelsB.F. Deal, Featherbed, Philo, MCA, Elektra, Rounder, New Door
Associated actsThe Blue Moon Orchestra
The Crickets
Darius Rucker
The Kennedys
Websitehttp://www.nancigriffith.com

Nanci Griffith, (born Nanci Caroline Griffith, July 6, 1953, Seguin, Texas[1]) is an American singer, guitarist, and songwriter raised in Austin, Texas, who currently lives in Nashville.

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Biography

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's high school boyfriend, John, died in a motorcycle accident after taking her to the senior prom, and subsequently inspired many of her songs.[1] 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 never got married. In 1994, Griffith teamed up with Jimmy Webb to contribute the song "If These Old Walls Could Speak" to the AIDS benefit album Red Hot + Country produced by the Red Hot Organization. Griffith is a survivor of breast cancer which was diagnosed in 1996, and thyroid cancer in 1998.[2]

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), The Chieftains, and Darius Rucker (singer of Hootie & the Blowfish). She has also contributed background vocals on many other recordings.[3]

Griffith suffered from severe 'writers block' for a number of years after 2004, lasting until the 2009 release of her The Loving Kind album, which contained nine self-penned or co-written songs.

After several months of limited touring in 2011, bandmates The Kennedys (Pete & Maura Kennedy) packed up their professional Manhattan recording studio and relocated it to Nashville, where they installed it in Nanci's home. There, Ms Griffith and band (including Pete & Maura Kennedy and Pat McInerney) co-produced her album, Intersections over the course of the summer. The album includes several new original songs and was released in April 2012.

In addition to her own songs, Griffith is well known for her versions of other people's material, usually by contemporary singer-songwriters.

Awards

Griffith won the 1994 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album for Other Voices, Other Rooms.

Band (The Blue Moon Orchestra)

Current members

Previous band members

Discography

Studio albums

YearAlbumPeak chart positionsLabel
US CountryUSUK[4]
1978There's a Light Beyond These WoodsB.F. Deal
1982Poet in My WindowFeatherbed
1984Once in a Very Blue MoonPhilo
1986The Last of the True Believers
1987Lone Star State of Mind23MCA
1988Little Love Affairs2778
One Fair Summer Evening43
1989Storms429938
1991Late Night Grande Hotel18540
1993Other Voices, Other Rooms5418Elektra
1994Flyer4820
1997Blue Roses from the Moons11964
1998Other Voices, Too (A Trip Back to Bountiful)85
1999The Dust Bowl Symphony
2001Clock Without Hands14961
2002Winter Marquee45Rounder
2004Hearts in MindNew Door
2006Ruby's TorchRounder
2009The Loving Kind
2012IntersectionHell No
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Compilation albums

YearAlbumPeak positionsLabel
UK[4]
1993The MCA Years: A RetrospectiveMCA
The Best of Nanci Griffith27
1997Country Gold
2000Wings to Fly and a Place To Be:
An Introduction to Nanci Griffith
200120th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection:
The Best of Nanci Griffith
2002From a Distance: The Very Best of Nanci Griffith
2003The Complete MCA Studio Recordings
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles

YearSinglePeak chart
positions
Album
US CountryCAN Country
1986"Once in a Very Blue Moon"85Once in a Very Blue Moon
1987"Lone Star State of Mind"36Lone Star State of Mind
"Trouble in the Fields"5743
"Cold Hearts/Closed Minds"64
1988"Never Mind"58Little Love Affairs
"I Knew Love"37
"Anyone Can Be Somebody's Fool"64
1989"It's a Hard Life Wherever You Go"Storms
1991"Late Night Grande Hotel"Late Night Grande Hotel
1994"This Heart"Flyer
1995"Well...All Right" (w/ The Crickets)87Not Fade Away (Remembering Buddy Holly)
1997"Maybe Tomorrow"Blue Roses from the Moons
"Gulf Coast Highway"
1999"These Days in an Open Book"The Dust Bowl Symphony
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Videography

Music videos

YearVideoDirector
1988"I Knew Love"Michael Salomon

1989 'It's a Hard Life Wherever you go"

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "The Popdose Guide to Nanci Griffith". Popdose. 2008-01-08. http://popdose.com/the-popdose-guide-to-nanci-griffith/. Retrieved 2012-05-21. 
  2. ^ Biography at nancigriffith.com
  3. ^ Guest Appearances on Other Artists' Albums
  4. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 236. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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Awards
Preceded by
Lyle Lovett
AMA Americana Trailblazer Award
2008
Not Yet Awarded