Patty Griffin visits South Orange Performing Arts Center on Friday, July 27 at 8 p.m. The artist is among the most consequential singer-songwriters of her generation, an evocative American artist whose wide-ranging canon explores the intimate moments and universal emotions that bind us together.
Over the course of two decades, the two-time Grammy Award winner (and seven-time Grammy Award nominee) has crafted nine classic studio albums and two live collections, a remarkable body of work in progress that prompted The New York Times to hail her for “writing cameo-carved songs that create complete emotional portraits of specific people…her songs have independent lives that continue in your head when the music ends.”
Opening Artist: Rose Cousins
“Every Patty Griffin song arrives fully and perfectly formed, which is perhaps her greatest gift. Her songwriting is honest and compassionate no matter the subject. Her voice is uniquely compelling and her guitar work unfailingly evocative. She’s a songwriter at the top of her already formidable game.” -NPR
Based in Austin, TX, Patty Griffin made an instant mark with her 1996 debut, Living With Ghosts, and its 1998 follow-up, Flaming Red – both now considered seminal works of modern folk and Americana. Griffin has since received a number of prestigious accolades, notably the Americana Music Association’s “Artist of the Year” and “Album of the Year” (for 2007’s Grammy Award-nominated Children Running Through) as well as the 2011 Grammy Award for “Best Traditional Gospel Album,” honoring 2010’s Downtown Church.
Griffin is currently working her ways towards her eagerly anticipated next album, as open as ever to new sounds and new songs. Her goals in the meantime are far more earthly, contributing to the well-being of the planet and showing compassion for the less fortunate among us via personal and public acts of charity including 2016’s “Use Your Voice” tour in conjunction with the League of Women Voters, and the 2017 “Lampedusa” tour supporting the Jesuit Refugee Service.
Having already crafted a catalogue that chronicles love and death, heartache and joy, connection and detachment, Griffin is continuing to push her art forward, as always imbuing every effort with compassion and craft, uncanny perception and ever-increasing ingenuity.