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Sunday 13 February 2022

No Depression # 50 - Patty Griffin


No Depression - The Bi-monthly Journal of Alt- Country

#50 -   March -April 2004

Patty Griffin is one of those artists who seem to straddle the invisible barrier between mainstream and alternative Country. Hers was a name that I had been familiar with for a while but the only thing of hers I have is her 2015 ablum Servant of Love from the charity shop in Ullapool a few years back. All of today's tracks are from there.

Obviously that one didn't feature in  the 2004 article and it is her 2004 album Impossible Dream on ATO which Wiki describes as Contemporay Folk that they concentrate on. In addition to a potted history of her career to date it appears to be a bit of a fashion shoot given that it is the only time I have seen the hair and make -up artisted credited alongside the photographer.

To the potted history. She is originally from Old Town, Maine and cut her teeth in the clubs of Boston. Thereafter she moved to Texas. She has toured with Emmylou HarrisBuddy Miller, Gillian Welsh and Dave Rawlings as part of the Sweet Harmony Traveling Review.There are distinct similarities with Emmylou  in places which let's face it is no bad thing. Also Emmylou is one of many artists to have covered Patty's  songs.
She also featured on Robert Plant's Band of Joy  album, toured with and was in a relationship with him for a few years thereafter.

Shawn Colvin describes how she is painfully shy but yet she'd get out there and just kill ya. Both Shawn and Emmylou use the term  fully formed  to descibe their initial reaction to her music.

I was going to select BR5-49 as the One from the Top but seeing as how it is the non-hyphenised version you are getting the great Iron and Wine instead.Not exactly a poor substitute.

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