Patty Griffin: C or D?

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This is inspired by the unlikely revival of the Suzanne Vega C/D thread.

I think Patty Griffin is in a class of her own as a female singer-songwriter. She takes far more chances, is infinitely grittier, and has superior melodic and songwriting sense when compared with any of the usual suspects such as Colvin, McLachlan, and the rest of those jokers.

She's hardly written a bad song, let alone made a bad record. She has not made enough records, or at least released enough. Anyone know where I can get that one shelved record she did a few years ago?

(Do not bring up Joni Mitchell; she is outside of the discussion by virtue of being an angel. This is limited to earthly beings.)

southern lights (southern lights), Tuesday, 13 April 2004 20:25 (fifteen years ago) link

'Rain' is an awesome song, it would be totally awesome if not for the 'deep, deep, deep' 'weep, weep, weep' rhyme.

scottjames23 (worrysome-man), Tuesday, 13 April 2004 20:29 (fifteen years ago) link

Bingo - deep, deep, deep is a great line; weep, weep, weep a lame payoff considering her skill as a lyricist.

southern lights (southern lights), Tuesday, 13 April 2004 20:31 (fifteen years ago) link

"It's hard to listen to a hard, hard heart / Beating close to mine"

Hard + hard + hard + heart should be illegal, but works perfectly in context.

southern lights (southern lights), Tuesday, 13 April 2004 20:34 (fifteen years ago) link

I think Flaming Red is a really good album, especially the song "Tony."

Mark M, Wednesday, 14 April 2004 00:58 (fifteen years ago) link

I think her new album is a beauty.

Josh in Chicago (Josh in Chicago), Wednesday, 14 April 2004 04:35 (fifteen years ago) link

two years pass...
Children Running Through sounds great!

Surmounter, Tuesday, 10 April 2007 16:40 (twelve years ago) link

No Bad News from her new one is excellent.

kornrulez6969, Tuesday, 10 April 2007 16:49 (twelve years ago) link

Yes it's so good! My friend is like so into that one.

Surmounter, Tuesday, 10 April 2007 16:54 (twelve years ago) link

I wish she'd go back to the Flaming Red writing style for a bit--they were so catchy and polishedpunky, the new stuff is great, but it's definitely to me deemphasizing the chorus. Sighh....

Jubalique Die Zitronen, Tuesday, 10 April 2007 17:34 (twelve years ago) link

iiinteresting. i can see that.

Surmounter, Tuesday, 10 April 2007 18:19 (twelve years ago) link

six years pass...

The new single, with Robert Plant on backing vocals, sounds really good:

So are she and Plant married now or what? This show review reprinted on his web site says so, but I don't know if either of them has directly confirmed it.

Brad C., Sunday, 14 April 2013 20:19 (six years ago) link

Haven't liked an album of hers in years, but damn those first two albums are great.

Still, will check this one out.

Public Brooding Closet (cryptosicko), Monday, 15 April 2013 04:10 (six years ago) link

three months pass...

Pretty awesome news right here:


Recorded in 2000, Griffin's "Lost" Silver Bell Album Features
"Top Of The World" and "Truth #2," Later Covered by Dixie Chicks

Recorded at Daniel Lanois' Kingsway Studio; Newly Mixed by Glyn Johns

Los Angeles, California - July 31, 2013 - "There's a whole lot of singing/That's never gonna be heard/Disappearing every day/Without so much as a word," sings Patty Griffin in "Top Of The World," a song from her unreleased album, Silver Bell, recorded in 2000 and intended to be the follow-up to her hard-rocking 1998 sophomore release, Flaming Red. The album was not released by A&M Records, a victim of the label's turn-of-the-century ownership change, and until now, it has remained a missing piece from Griffin's acclaimed catalog. Newly mixed by legendary producer Glyn Johns, Silver Bell will be released for the first time on October 8 by Universal Music Enterprises across all major digital and physical music retailers.

Silver Bell features 14 original songs recorded at Daniel Lanois' Kingsway Studio in New Orleans by Griffin on vocals, guitar and piano with guitarist Doug Lancio, keyboardist John Deaderick, bassist Frank Swart, and percussionist Billy Beard. Emmylou Harris also joined Griffin in the studio to sing harmony on "Truth #2."

Despite its 13 years of limbo, the sought-after album spawned two huge hits for the Dixie Chicks, who covered both "Top Of The World" and "Truth #2" for their six-million-selling 2002 Home album. In addition, the band's Natalie Maines recorded Silver Bell's title track for her recent solo debut, Mother. Through the years, Griffin's original songs have also been covered by many other notable artists, including Solomon Burke, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Kelly Clarkson, Martina McBride, Bette Midler, Ben Harper, Bon Iver, Linda Ronstadt, Ellie Goulding & Lissie, Melissa Etheridge, Jessica Simpson, Miranda Lambert, Shooter Jennings and Joan Osborne.

Since parting with A&M, Griffin has continued her successful, critically-acclaimed career, releasing 1000 Kisses (2002, ATO Records), Impossible Dream (2004, ATO Records), Children Running Through (2007, ATO Records), the GRAMMY® Award winning Downtown Church (2010, Credential Recordings), and her latest album, American Kid, released in May (New West Records).

Patty Griffin: Silver Bell [CD, digital]
1. Little God
2. Truth#2
3. Boston
4. Perfect White Girls
5. Sooner or Later
6. What you Are
7. Silver Bell
8. Fragile
9. Mother of God
10. One More Girl
11. Sorry and Sad
12. Driving
13. Top of the World
14. So Long

The Butthurt Locker (cryptosicko), Wednesday, 31 July 2013 18:55 (six years ago) link

Didn't Top of the World make it to Impossible Dream? That's a heck of a song. I remember seeing the Dixie Chicks do it and bring the arena to pin-drop silence. I've seen Griffin do the same for, um, smaller crowds.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 31 July 2013 19:12 (six years ago) link

Some of the songs off the record dribbled onto other ones. I think "Mother of God" made it onto the same record (I kinda stopped paying attention after the first couple, but what I've heard from this one sounded terrific at the time).

The Butthurt Locker (cryptosicko), Wednesday, 31 July 2013 19:21 (six years ago) link

three months pass...

You know, I'm really glad she's found so much success in her relative mode, but I can see why she was disillusioned for so long. "Flaming Red" is about as ready for ears as any record, and the fact that it flopped and was followed by a stint in label limbo would have dampened any singer's spirit.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 8 November 2013 15:41 (five years ago) link

Like, how in the world did this not get some degree of play, crossover or no?

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 8 November 2013 15:54 (five years ago) link

Particularly since the 1998 radio was full of things that sounded exactly like this (only mostly of them nowhere near as good). A damn shame though; the more records that she makes that sound nothing like this, the more I'm convinced that Flaming Red is her masterpiece.

a fifth of misty beethoven (cryptosicko), Friday, 8 November 2013 16:31 (five years ago) link

four years pass...

I don't think anybody saw this cover coming:

Dangleballs and the Ballerina (cryptosicko), Saturday, 17 February 2018 01:02 (one year ago) link


curmudgeon, Saturday, 17 February 2018 17:11 (one year ago) link

five months pass...

I've never paid attention to Sugarland, mostly because I don't pay any attention to modern country in general, but this cover makes my heart glad:

Police, Academy (cryptosicko), Wednesday, 15 August 2018 02:25 (one year ago) link

five months pass...

New album coming March 8; her first since battling breast cancer (I hadn't heard about this until just now). The two advance tracks are maybe a bit same-y, but promising nonetheless:

Timothée Charalambides (cryptosicko), Saturday, 9 February 2019 19:46 (six months ago) link

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