Per NPR Music: Patty Griffin has always had a gift for locating a song's nerve endings;
for surveying her subject matter and identifying the most efficient
possible pathways to listeners' emotions. Her warm, wise voice is
comforting, inviting and relatable, even — perhaps especially — as she
tackles weighty subjects like middle age and the death of a parent.
memory of Griffin's father hangs over her recent seventh album,
American Kid, but the singer remains far too resourceful to make it a
collection of navel-gazing dirges about mortality. In sampling a few of
the record's many highlights at the NPR Music offices, she takes care to
balance the exquisite mourning of "Faithful Son" — and the sweetly
somber "That Kind of Lonely," which Griffin describes as "a song about
finally letting go of your delayed adolescence" — by closing her set
with the playfully bawdy, kindly celebratory "Get Ready Marie." Inspired
by a favorite photo of her grandparents, the song finds Griffin viewing
two complicated lives with the generous, hopeful eye she's been casting
on her subjects for three fruitful decades now. --STEPHEN THOMPSON
Set List "Faithful Son" "That Kind Of Lonely" "Get Ready Marie"
Personnel John Deaderick, accordion Patty Griffin, guitar Dave Pulkingham, guitar Craig Ross, baritone guitar
Bob Boilen; Editor: Denise DeBelius; Audio Engineer: Kevin Wait;
Videographers: Kainaz Amaria, Denise DeBelius, Gabriella Garcia-Pardo;
photo by Denise DeBelius/NPR
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