Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Patty Griffin: Downtown Church

Long renown as one of Americana music's most esteemed artists, Patty Griffin has sold over a million records, was named "Artist of the Year" by the Americana Music Association, and has been the recipient of multiple Grammy nominations. Her latest release, Downtown Church, is a Gospel-inspired collection produced by longtime friend Buddy Miller and recorded live at the Downtown Presbyterian Church in Nashville. Griffin is joined by a host of famous friends, including Emmylou Harris, Jim Lauderdale, Shawn Colvin, Mike Farris, and the McCrary Sisters, while Miller leads a band that includes his Raising Sand Review band mates Stuart Duncan (fiddle), Dennis Crouch (bass) and Jay Bellerose (drums).

This stunning group of musicians delivers a near flawless performance on Downtown Church, a disc filled with traditional covers such as “If I Had My Way" (known to Grateful Dead fans as “Samson & Delilah”), “We Shall All Be Reunited,” and the Hank Williams classic “House of Gold.” While the band works seamlessly through songs we’ve known our entire life, Griffin is at her powerful, passionate best when telling her own stories ("Wade in the Water" and "Waiting for My Child") with the mournful, yet uplifting voice that is uniquely her own.

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