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Nanci Griffith

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Let It Shine On Me Nanci Griffith 03:00
Speed of the Sound of Loneliness Nanci Griffith 04:20
Lone Star State Of Mind Nanci Griffith 03:58
Things I Don't Need Nanci Griffith 02:50
I Still Miss Someone Nanci Griffith 03:35
This Old Town Nanci Griffith 03:00
It's Just Another Morning Here Nanci Griffith 04:23
So Long Ago Nanci Griffith 04:08
Gulf Coast Highway Nanci Griffith, Mac McAnally 03:06
Across the Great Divide Nanci Griffith 03:54

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Tecumseh Valley
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Biography

A highly-respected, Grammy-winning songwriter who describes her sound as
'folkabilly', Nanci Griffith's fragile voice and wry, warm way with lyrics made
her one of the great female country-folk troubadours of the '80s and '90s. Born
July 6, 1953 in Seguin, Texas, USA to beatnik, hippy parents, she started
performing at the age of 14 when an act cancelled at a club in Austin run by a
family friend and she took the stage instead. She played in bands throughout
her college years before working as a kindergarten teacher. She met folk
songwriter Tom Russell at a campfire at the Kerrville Folk Festival and he
championed her. She turned professional in 1977 and released her debut album There's
a Light Beyond These Woods
and Kathy Mattea and Suzy Boggus both had
success with versions of her songs in the mid-80s before she eventually made it
to Nashville for her major-label debut Lone Star State of Mind in 1987,
and scored a top 40 country hit with the title track. It was from that album
that her version of Julie Gold's “From a Distance” became a Number 1 hit
in Ireland, but it was the small-town spirit and natural intimacy in her own
songs that started to draw people in too. Her albums Other Voices, Other
Rooms
and Flyer both made the UK top 20 in the '90s and her track “Love
at the Five and Dime”
from The Last of the True Believers (1986) seemed to
best capture her talent for romantic, observational lyrics. Throughout her
40-year career she released more than 20 albums and record with acts as diverse
as The Chieftains, Emmylou Harris, and Buddy Holly's backing band The Crickets.

Nanci Griffith died August 13, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee.