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Monday, 16 August 2021

Nanci Griffith RIP


It was really sad to read over the weekend of the death of Texan Country superstar Nanci Griffith. 68 is no age at all.

Mrs CC is a bigger fan than me and has always wanted to see her play live.Sadly that's not to be. Nanci has a fanatical following in Glasgow with her concerts selling out immediately.

There are over half a dozen Nanci albums on the shelves. I've selected probably her best known song to start  Lone Star State of Mind. This is followed by a lovely version of the Townes Van Zandt classic Tecumseh Valley where she is joined by Arlo Guthrie.We finish with the now poignant and prophetic Across the Great Divide.

Rest easy Nancy

Nanci Griffith - Lone Star State of Mind

Nanci Griffith - Tecumseh Valley

Nanci Griffith - Across the Great Divide


  1. Nice selection CC.

    I was lucky enough to see Nanci live a couple of times including once at one of the those 'Songwriters in the Round' evenings. The other performers were quite obscure - Emmylou Harris, John Prine, Steve Earle and Elvis Costello. Whatever happened to them?

  2. Very sad. Takes me back to a time and place(s), thirty years ago driving around the USA with only AM radio. The wide vistas invited a broadening of the musical horizons, so the perfect time for a punk kid to find country. She is, was, the template, for so much stuff I listen to now: early Amanda Shires, Eileen Rose, and maybe even Phoebe Bridgers somehow.
    Thank you for your beautiful selections.

  3. I was lucky enough to see Nanci a handful of times from the mid 80s to late 90s, including once with The Crickets. From the tributes I read she was seemingly one of those artists who no-one has a bad word to say about. Very sad news.

  4. Yes very sad. First became aware of her thanks to Andy Kershaw who played her a lot on his Radio 1 show back in the 80s - a complete contrast to the sort of stuff I was listening to at that time but I developed a soft spot for her that unfortunatel I didn't really follow up. Reading the tributes and hearing a few of her songs on YT this week brings back warm memories of that time.