Rams Head Presents
Patty Griffin at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
801 Chase Street
Annapolis, MD, 21401
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
"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."
GRAMMY® Award-winning singer/songwriter Patty Griffin is among the most consequential singer-songwriters of her generation, a quintessentially American artist whose wide-ranging canon incisively 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 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."
Based in Austin, TX, 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®-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 way 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 wellbeing 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.
“I wanted to call this record Thalia and Melpomene after the Greek muses (the smiley/frowny faces of the theatre) but my manager Kathi Whitley said, ‘You call this record THAT and I quit.’”
So says Scott Miller of his tenth studio record since leaving the V-Roys, the 1990s Knoxville-based thinking-man’s party band. The V-Roys caught the ear of Steve Earle, who signed them to his somewhat ephemeral E-Squared label. Band and label collapsed at about the same time. Miller has survived a health scare, scaled back his erstwhile stoically-crazed lifestyle, hightailed it from the city lights of Knoxville, and taken up the life of a cattleman on his family’s Shenandoah Valley ranch. Somehow amid all that, this record is his tenth release under his own name, or that of his post V-Roys band, the Commonwealth.
After junking that Clash of the Titans title, Miller settled on the name Ladies Auxiliary, thanks to the simple fact that everyone involved, save Miller himself, is, in fact, a lady. The A-list of XX-chromosomers includes Whitley and the entire band: Bryn Davies, Rayna Gellert, Jen Gunderman, Deanie Richardson, and Megan Carchman. The record was also produced (and performed on by) Anne McCue, who brings a smidgen of vintage Django jazz and Charlie Christian swing to the arrangements.
$53.00 - $65.00
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