The Music of Patty Griffin: A Little of Everything
Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Patti Griffin refuses to be pigeonholed. With a resume that includes tours with Emmylou Harris and Robert Plant and a lengthy list of collaborating artists such as Kris Kristofferson and Hank Williams, Patti Griffin makes music that ranges from pure country to gospel and folk.
A favorite of folk rockers in the US and abroad, Griffin draws from childhood memories and personal experiences to craft genre-crossing songs covered by artists including the Dixie Chicks, Bette Midler, Mary Chapin-Carpenter and Martina McBride as well as her old friend Emmylou Harris. She won the American Music Association’s Artist and Album of the Year awards in 2007, and picked up a Grammy in 2011 for her first foray into gospel music, an album titled Downtown Church.
Griffin’s career began with performances in Boston coffee houses and clubs, where she was picked up in 1992 by A&M Records. After a shaky start with A&M, which signed her on the strength of a demo tape but didn’t release her first albums, Griffin found a home at ATO Records, which produced her next four albums, including 2007’s Children Running Through, her highest-charting album. In addition to her solo work, Griffin has teamed with other musicians, most notably as a part of 2004’s Sweet Harmony Traveling Revue, which included Emmylou Harris, and Robert Plant’s 2010 Band of Joy tour, where Griffin sang backup. Downtown Church, her gospel debut, features tracks by Shawn Colvin and Hank Williams, among numerous others.
Griffin’s music has also been featured in theater, film and television, with songs appearing on the soundtracks of Cameron Crowe’s movie Elizabethtown and the television series Without a Trace and Grey’s Anatomy, as well as the off Broadway musical 10 Million Miles. Griffin has also appeared in several films, including Elizabethtown. A guitarist since the age of 16, Griffin also plays piano.