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and a lot of tests on different parts of my body to determine it was breast cancer only.“The type of tumor was pretty uncommon, and I got hit with some treatments that are pretty harsh. I took guitar lessons, and I find myself approaching music from different angles now, not just writing from my voice.” At times, she lost even her speaking voice. She soldiered on, found signs in nature to continue.Three decades into her career, the woman regarded as an “artist’s artist” realized things needed to change. I love the smaller rooms, the smaller towns, because the audiences are so different than the cities.“When I talked to [agent] Frank Riley about my future as a performer, I told him I want to tour as many places when they’re beautiful as possible,” Griffin says, the revelatory singer/songwriter, about reframing the way she attacks the road. They’re really listening, and taking it in.” On Thursday, August 2, Patty Griffin arrives on the Vineyard to perform at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown, as part of the Martha’s Vineyard Concert Series.So I created a new version of Up To The Mountain that was really different, really quiet,” she explains. Everybody’s singing it so hard, I feel bad for Martin Luther King because I used so many of his lines, and [his] intention gets lost.” “It’s like a prayer, really,” Griffin continues.“I thought you might as well sing it that way, so we did a very soft version.
It has also been absent of late, the voice going quiet for the last couple years.
Recorded mostly in the Maine native’s Austin, Texas, home studio with longtime collaborator Craig Ross, “Patty Griffin” varies seamlessly between American folk, Celtic-rooted tunes, chansons and beyond with the excellence and elegance Griffin’s songwriting has deservedly become known for.
David Pulkingham’s Mediterranean-style guitar phrases underpin opener “Mama’s Worried,” one of several songs on the 13-track album that include seas, rivers and oceans as symbols of strength, vastness and even justice.
Blessed with a crystalline voice, the ability to find shadows and nuance in her lyrics and a spark that can ignite songs into brushfires of truth, Griffin stands as one of America’s foremost voices of the human condition.
The Maine-born singer/songwriter’s songs have been covered by Emmylou Harris, the Dixie Chicks, Ellis Paul, Kelly Clarkson, Solomon Burke, Melissa Etheridge and Miranda Lambert.