The queen of folkabilly to hold reign Friday night
BEAVER CREEK – Over the course of a career long in full-bloom, Nanci Griffith has given countless live performances in settings as disparate as neon-painted roadhouses, New York City’s Carnegie Hall and London’s Albert Hall. Having spent more than half her life on stage and on tour, Griffith has learned to keep herself inspired. “The songwriter Harlan Howard once told me that every audience is an individual,” she said in a press release. “And that it is a blessing to be continually overwhelmed by their appreciation.”
So Griffith’s forever shaking up the set list, dusting off old songs – “Love at the Five and Dime,” “The Wing and the Wheel” and “Gulf Coast Highway”- introducing new ones, taking requests and responding to her audience.It has been more than 20 years since Griffith hit Nashville with, what Rolling Stone Magazine later describes as, her unique form of “folkabilly” music. She came to Music City as one of the brightest lights in a new generation of artists, merging country with folk and pop music that included Lyle Lovett, Dwight Yoakum and Steve Earle. Born in Austin to “West Texas liberal” parents, Griffith began performing at the age of 14, the year Tom Russell, her earliest champion, heard her singing around a campfire at the Kerrville Folk Festival. Her career started to blossom in the late ’70s and early ’80s, with the release, and eventual re-release of her first two independent recordings, “There’s A Light Beyond These Woods” and “Poet In My Window.”
Her admirers are legendary (Bob Dylan specifically requested that she sing “Boots of Spanish Leather” at his historic Madison Square Garden anniversary concert) and her awards are numerous: five Grammy nominations, including a win for 1993’s “Other Voices, Other Rooms” and two for her performances on albums by The Chieftains. Griffith has penned some of country music’s most enduring compositions, including Emmylou Harris and Willie Nelson’s “Gulf Coast Highway,” Kathy Mattea’s “Love at the Five and Dime” and “Listen to the Radio” and Suzy Bogguss’ “Outbound Plane.” Nanci was also the first to record Julie Gold’s Grammy-winning classic “From A Distance.”She will play Friday night at the Vilar Center for the Arts in Beaver Creek at 8. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 845-TIXS.
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