Making her sixth appearance on Austin City Limits, 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.
The Grammy®-winning Austinite’s recent, self- titled LP (her tenth studio album), represents an extraordinary new chapter for this incomparable artist and stands among the most deeply personal recordings of her storied two-decade career. The album — which follows 2015’s Grammy® Award-nominated Servant of Love — collects songs written during and in the aftermath of several years in which she battled — and ultimately defeated — cancer. Yet as always, like very few others, Griffin’s power lies in how, as music critic Holly Gleason observed, “her songs seem to freeze life and truth in amber.” It’s in how Griffin can express the strikingly intimate while never making it about herself, all wrapped in sparse arrangements that breathe an incomparable force and import into her songcraft. NPR raves, “One quality that’s distinguished Griffin’s body of work throughout her nearly quarter-century career is her gift for imagining the untamed forces of people’s inner lives.”
EPISODE LISTPatty Griffin / The Revivalists (45)
Patty Griffin & Friends (36)