Patty Griffin

Album Title: American Kid
Record Label: New West Records
Review by John Noyd
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Patty Griffin - American KidPatty Griffin - American Kid

A banner year for Griffin, 2013 saw back-to-back releases from this talented story-teller whose root-infused grooves draw from Appalachian folk to Delta blues and mountain gospel. Featuring several songs other artists have already made famous, “Silver Bells,” was originally recorded thirteen years ago but only just got officially released on the heels of Patty’s tribute to her late father and first album of original material in six years, “American Kid.” Well worth the wait, “Kid,” delivers brawling honky-tonk waltzes, torch-song prayers and tender country confessions with little more than a guitar or piano; terse first-person worries conjure wandering promises as vagabond songs and evangelic recollections become living relics of hard-won lives. Griffin plays Madison’s High Noon Saloon along with cerebral folk-singer Anais Mitchell January 29th.

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