Chanteuse Country US née le 6 Juillet 1953 à Seguin (Texas).

Straddling the fine line between folk and country music, Nanci Griffith has become as well-known for her brilliant, confessional songwriting as her beautiful voice. A self-styled "folkabilly" singer, Griffith began as a kindergarten teacher and occasional folksinger. The country scene took her to heart in the mid-'80s, giving her a reputation as a quality songwriter through hit covers of Griffith's songs by Kathy Mattea and Suzy Bogguss. Finding no luck with commercial country radio however, Griffith recorded several pop-oriented albums and then returned to her folk roots by the mid-'90s.
Griffith was the daughter of musical parents, and she spent her childhood involved with theater and literature as well as music. She began playing clubs around Austin at the tender age of 14 and continued to perform during her college years at the University of Texas, as well as during her stint as a kindergarten teacher in the mid-'70s. Griffith finally decided to make music her full-time ambition in 1977. Her songwriting won an award at the Kerrville Folk Festival, prompting the local label BF Deal to record Griffith for a compilation; they also issued her debut album, There's a Light Beyond These Woods (1978). Griffith's hectic touring schedule took her all over North America, where she played festivals and TV shows in addition to the small clubs that had launched her career. Meanwhile, she recorded albums in 1982 (Poet in My Window) and 1985 (Once in a Very Blue Moon).
In 1986, Griffith finally got her big break after moving to Nashville, and a flurry of activity followed. The title song from Once in a Very Blue Moon fared modestly on the country charts, Last of the True Believers was released on the Philo label (which later reissued her first three albums as well) to noticeable acclaim, and -- most importantly -- Mattea's cover of "Love at the Five & Dime" reached number three on the country charts. Though Last of the True Believers was nominated for a Grammy Award as Best Contemporary Folk Recording, commercial country radio still found it difficult to accept Griffith.
Griffith signed with MCA and released her major-label debut, Lone Star State of Mind, in 1987. With it, she popularized the Julie Gold song "From a Distance" -- later covered by Bette Midler -- and scored her first country Top 40 hit with the album's title track. Two additional singles, "Trouble in the Fields" and "Cold Hearts/Closed Minds," also grazed the country charts. Little Love Affairs and the live album One Fair Summer Evening (both released in 1988) were slight disappointments, though "I Knew Love" became Griffith's second country Top 40 hit.
Disappointed by a lack of support from the country music scene, Griffith moved from Nashville to MCA's "pop" division in Los Angeles, where she partnered with noted rock producer Glyn Johns for 1989's Storms. The album included guest stars Phil Everly, Albert Lee, and former Eagles Bernie Leadon. Moreover, it became her best-selling work to date, though it featured no successful singles. A move from rock music to pop characterized 1991's Late Night Grande Hotel, whose transitional sound was aided by producers Rod Argent and Peter Van Hook. By this point, it had become clear that Griffith's move away from Nashville was also compromising her folk and country roots.
A move to Elektra in 1992 marked a return to form for Griffith, whose 1993 LP Other Voices, Other Rooms was a tribute to her influences (several of whom -- including Emmylou Harris, Chet Atkins, and John Prine -- made appearances). A compilation of her best work from the MCA years also appeared in 1993. The following year, Griffith's tenth studio album, Flyer, continued her dedication to folk. In March of 1997, Griffith released Blue Roses From the Moons; Other Voices, Too (A Trip Back to Bountiful) followed a year later, trailed in 1999 by Dust Bowl Symphony.
Griffith traveled the world over the next few years, flying to Cambodia and Vietnam in 2000 in order to retrace the steps of her ex-husband, Vietnam War vet Eric Taylor, and visited Angola and Kosovo the following year. After four years of travel and activist work for organizations like the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation, Griffith released a new full-length, Clock Without Hands. A live album, Winter Marquee, followed in 2002, along with a dual-disc retrospective piece, The Complete MCA Studio Recordings. The following year was a landmark for Griffith, as she performed at the Grand Ole Opry for the very first time in 2003. With thoughts of war weighing heavy on her mind, however, she returned to the recording studio shortly thereafter to create Hearts in Mind, which was released the following year. Ruby's Torch, a collection of sentimental torch songs penned by the likes of Tom Waits, arrived in 2006. While only two of Griffith's own songs appeared on the album, she wrote the bulk of the material for her follow-up effort, 2009's The Loving Kind. Griffith cut 2012's Intersection at her home studio in Nashville.

http://www.nancigriffith.com/

Talents : Singer, Songwriter, Guitar

Style musical : Country-Folk, Contemporary Country

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1lnNNXcBr4

Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000 10

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles

05/1986 SP PHILO 1096 (US) . Once In A Very Blue Moon / ?
12/1986 SP MCA MCA-53008 (US) . Lone Star State Of Mind / There's A Light Beyond These Woods
04/1987 SP MCA MCA-53082 (US) . Trouble In The Fields / Love In A Memory
07/1987 SP MCA MCA-53147 (US) .

Cold Hearts Closed Minds / Ford Econoline

07/1987 SP MCA MCA1169 (UK) From A Distance / Sing One For Sister
11/1987 SP MCA MCA-53184 (US) .

Never Mind / From A Distance

11/1987 SP MCA MCA 1221 (UK)

Cold Hearts - Closed Minds / Ford Econoline / Lone Star State Of Mind

1988 SP MCA MCA 1230 (UK) Outbound Plane / So Long Ago
03/1988 SP MCA MCA-53306 (US) .

I Knew Love / So Long Ago

04/1988 SP MCA MCA 1240 (UK) I Knew Love / Never Mind
07/1988 SP MCA MCA-53374 (US) .

Anyone Can Be Somebody's Fool / Love Wore A Halo

1988 SP MCA MCA 1282 (UK) From A Distance / Love Wore A Halo (Back Before The War)
07/1989

SP MCA MCA-53700 (US)

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It's A Hard Life Whenever You Go / From A Distance

07/1989 SP MCA MCA 1358 (UK) It's A Hard Life Wherever You Go / Gulf Coast Highway
11/1989 SP MCA MCA-53761 (US) .

I Don't Want To Talk About Love / Drive-In Movies And Dashboard Lights

11/1989 SP MCA MCA 1379 (UK) You Made This Love A Teardrop / More Than A Whisper
1991 SP MCA MCS 1566 (UK) Late Night Grande Hotel / It's Just Another Morning Here
1991 SP MCA MCS 1596 (UK) Heaven / Down 'n' Outer

Albums

1978 LP 12" B.F. Deal 9 (US) THERE'S A LIGHT BEYOND THESE WOODS - I Remember Joe / Alabama Soft Spoken Blues / Michael's Song / Song For Remembered Heroes / West Texas Sun / There's A Light Beyond These Woods / Dollar Matinee / Montana Backroads / John Philip Griffith
03/1982 LP 12" Featherbed FB-902 (US) Poet In My Window - Marilyn Monroe - Neon And Waltzes / Heart Of A Miner / Julie Anne / You Can't Go Home Again / October Reasons / Wheels / Workin' In Corners / Waltzing With The Angels / Trouble With Roses / Tonight I Think I'm Gonna Go Downtown / Poet In My Window
09/1985 LP 12" PHILO PH-1096 (US) ONCE IN A VERY BLUE MOON - Ghost In The Music / Love Is A Hard Waltz / Roseville Fair / Mary And Omie / Friend Out In A Madness / I'm Not Drivin' These Wheels / Time Alone / Ballad Of Robin Winter Smith / Daddy Said / Once In A Very Blue Moon / If I Were The Woman You Wanted / Year Down In New Orleans / Spin On A Red Brick Floor
10/1986 LP 12" PHILO PH-1109 (US) THE LAST OF THE TRUE BELIEVERS - Last Of The True Believers / Love At The Five And Dime / St Olav's Gate / More Than A Whisper / Banks Of The Ponchartrain / Looking For The Time / Goin' Gone / One Of These Days / Love's Found A Shoulder / Fly By Night / Wing And The Wheel
02/1987 LP 12" MCA MCA-5927 (US) LONE STAR STATE OF MIND - Lone Star State Of Mind / Cold Hearts Closed Minds / From A Distance / Beacon Street / Nickel Dreams / Sing One For Sister / Ford Econoline / Trouble In The Fields / Love In A Memory / Let It Shine On Me / There's A Light Beyond These Woods (Mary Margaret)
02/1988 LP 12" MCA MCA-42102 (US) LITTLE LOVE AFFAIRS - Anyone Can Be Somebody's Fool / I Knew Love / Never Mind / Love Wore A Halo (Back Before The War) / So Long Ago / Gulf Coast Highway / Little Love Affairs / I Wish It Would Rain / Outbound Plane / I Would Change My Life / Sweet Dreams Will Come
10/1988 CD MCA MCAD-42255 (US) ONE FAIR SUMMER EVENING - Once In A Very Blue Moon / Looking For The Time (Workin' Girl) / Deadwood South Dakota / More Than A Whisper / I Would Bring You Ireland / Roseville Fair / Workin' In Corners / Trouble In The Fields / Wing And The Wheel / From A Distance / Love At The Five And Dime / Spin On A Red Brick Floor
07/1989 CD MCA MCAD-6319 (US) STORMS - I Don't Wanna Talk About Love / Drive In Movies And Dashboard Lights / You Made This Love A Teardrop / Brave Companion Of The Road / Storms / It's A Hard Life Wherever You Go / If Wishes Were Changes / Listen To The Radio / Leaving The Harbor / Radio Fragile
199? CD ? (Bootleg) (?) Live In London - May 1988 - Lone Star State Of Mind / The Banks Of The Pontchartrain / I Knew You / Looking For The Time / Once In A Very Blue Moon / The Ballad Of Robin / The Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness / Listen To The Radio / I Would Bring You Ireland / The Outbound Plane / There's A Light Beyond These Woods / Love Wore A Halo (Back Before The War) / From A Distance / Ford Econoline
09/1991 CD MCA MCAD-10306 (US) LATE NIGHT AT THE GRAND HOTEL - It's Just Another Morning Here / Late Night Grande Hotel / It's Too Late / Fields Of Summer / Heaven / Power Lines / Hometown Streets / Down'n Outer / One Blade Shy Of A Sharp Edge / Sun Moon And The Stars / San Diego Serenade
1992 CD ? (Bootleg) (?) Live In Boston - 17/22-11-1992 - Across The Great Divide / Tecumseh Valley / Are You Tired Of Me Darling / Outbound Plane / Morning Song For Sally / Listen To The Radio / Boots Of Spanish Leather / Time Of Inconvenience / Once In A Very Blue Moon / Looking For The Time / Road To Aberdeen / From A Distance / Introductions / It's A Hard Life Wherever You Go / Ford Econoline
03/1993 CD ELEKTRA 9 61464-2 (US) OTHER VOICES, OTHER ROOMS - Across The Great Divide / Woman Of The Phoenix / Tecumseh Valley / Three Flights Up / Boots Of Spanish Leather / Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness / From Clare To Here / Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound / Do Re M, This Old Town / Comin' Down In The Rain / Ten Degrees And Getting Colder / Morning Song For Sally / Night Rider's Lament / Are You Tired Of Me Darling / Turn Around / Wimoweh
10/1993 CD MCA MCAD-10914 (US) RETROSPECTIVE - Trouble In The Fields / From A Distance / I Don't Wanna Talk About Love / Deadwood South Dakota / Love At The Five And Dime / Listen To The Radio / Gulf Coast Highway / I Wish It Would Rain / Ford Econoline / So Long Ago / If Wishes Were Changes / Wing And The Wheel / Late Night Grande Hotel / It's Just Another Morning Here / Drive In Movies And Dashboard Lights / There's A Light Beyond These Woods / Outbound Plane / It's A Hard Life Wherever You Go
09/1994 CD ELEKTRA 9 61681-2 (US) FLYER - Flyer / Nobody's Angel / Say It Isn't So / Southbound Train / These Days In An Open Book / Time Of Inconvenience / Don't Forget About Me / Always Will / Going Back To Georgia / Talk To Me While I'm Listening / Fragile / On Grafton Street / Anything You Need But Me / Goodnight To A Mother's Dream / This Heart
1995 CD Kiss The Stone KTS-410 (US) Sounds Of Loneliness - From A Distance / Say It Isn't So / Always Will / Across The Great Divide / Trouble In The Fields / Don't Forget About Me / Southbound Plane / Time Of Inconvience / Speed Of The Sound / Tecumseh Valley - Sound Of Loneliness / Are You Used To Me / Going Back To Georgia / This Heart;It's A Hard Life
03/1997 CD ELEKTRA 9 62015-2 (US) BLUE ROSES FROM THE MOONS - Everything's Comin' Up Roses / Two For The Road / Wouldn't That Be Fine / Battlefield / Saint Teresa Of Avila / Gulf Coast Highway / I Fought The Law / Not My Way Home / Is This All There Is / Maybe Tomorrow / Waiting For Love / I'll Move Along / Morning Train / She Ain't Goin' Nowhere
03/1997 CD MCA MCAD-21000 (US) COUNTRY GOLD - Trouble In The Fields / Cold Hearts Closed Minds / I Knew Love / Anyone Can Be Somebody's Fool / From A Distance / Never Mind / Once In A Very Blue Moon / I Wish It Would Rain / Listen To The Radio / Drive In Movies And Dashboard Lights
07/1998 CD ELEKTRA 62235-2 (US) OTHER VOICES TOO (A TRIP TO BOUTIFUL) - Wall Of Death / Who Knows Where The Time Goes / You Were On My Mind / Walk Right Back / Canadian Whiskey / Desperados Waiting For A Train / Wings Of A Dove / Dress Of Laces / Summer Wages / He Was A Friend Of Mine / Hard Times Come Again No More / Wasn't That A Mighty Storm / Deportee (Plane Wreck At Los Gatos) / Yarrington Town / I Still Miss Someone / Try The Love / Streets Of Baltimore / Darcy Farrow / If I Had A Hammer (The Hammer Song)
09/1999 CD ELEKTRA 62418-2 (US) THE DUST BOWL SYMPHONY - Trouble In The Fields / Wing And The Wheel / These Days In An Open Book / Love At The Five And Dime / It's A Hard Life (Wherever You Go) / Late Night Grande Hotel / Tell Me How / Not My Way Home / 1937 Pre-War Kimball / Waiting For Love / Nobody's Angel / Always Will / Drops From The Faucet / Dust Bowl (reprise)
1999 2 CD ? (Bootleg) (?)

Live In San Diego, 1999 :
CD 1 : Across The Great Divide / The Flyer / Trouble In The Fields / Going Back To Georgia / Love At The Five And Dime / These Days In An Open Book / Not My Way Home / Wall Of Death / Gulf Coast Highway / Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness / Outbound Plane
CD 2 : Introduction to ... / It's A Hard Life Wherever You Go / Always Will / I Still Miss Someone / Well ... All Right / Tell Me How / This Heart / Introduction to ... / Ford Econoline / The Wing And The Wheel

1999 CD BMG / DAMIAN 12223 (US) REVISITED - Late Night Grande Hotel (original mix) / St Teresa (original mix) / Gulf Coast Highway (original mix) / Late Night Grande Hotel (gomi's Radio mix) / Roy Rede's (piano and bassoon mix] / St Teresa (cyphonox mix) / Gulf Coast Highway (baroque string mix) / Boy Wunder's (extended mix) / St Teresa (extended mix) / Boy Wunder's (radio edit) / Boy Wunder's (twilo dub mix) / Late Night Grande Hotel (gomi's extended arena mix)
1994 ? 2 CD ? (Bootleg) (?) Live In 1994 AT THE GENE AUTRY MUSEUM :
CD 1 : The Flyer / Say It Isn't So / Always Will / Across The Great Divide / Don't Forget About Me / Southbound Train / Inconvenient Time / Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness / Introductions / On Grafton Street
CD 2 : Going Back To Georgia / Nobody's Angel / Gulf Coast Highway / Listen To The Radio / These Days In An Open Book / Things We Said Today / This Heart / It's A Hard Life Wherever You Go
199? CD ? GVP-001 (Bootleg) (?) Come Spring In Norway - The Flyer / From A Distance / Say It Isn't So / Always Will / Across The Great Divide / Trouble In The Fields / Don't Forget About Me / Southbound Train / Time Of Inconvenience / Speed Of The Sound / Of Loneliness / Tecumseh Valley / Band Introductions / Are You Tired Of Me Darling? / It's A Hard Life / From a Distance / Tecumseh Valley / Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness
1998? CD ? (Bootleg) (?)

The Barbican, London - Nov 1998 - Across The Great Divide / Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness / He Was A Friend Of Mine / Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound / Canadian Whiskey / Outbound Plane / Dress Of Laces / Wall Of Death / Who Knows Where The Time Goes? / It's A Hard Life Wherever You Go / The Hammer Song

200? CD ? (Bootleg) (?)

Live On E-Town - Introduction / Everything's Coming Up Roses / Gulf Coast Highway / Across The Great Divide / Not My Way Home / Interview / Battlefield / Well ... All Right

02/2001 CD MCA 088 170 191-2 (US) MILLENNIUM COLLECTION - Once In A Very Blue Moon / Lone Star State Of Mind / Trouble In The Fields / From A Distance / There's A Light Beyond These Woods / It's A Hard Life Wherever You Go / I Knew Love / Outbound Plane / Late Night Grande Hotel / Love At The Five And Dime / Wing And The Wheel
04/2001 CD MCA 088 112 169-2 (US) WINGS TO FLY AND A PLACE TO BE - From A Distance / I Wish It Would Rain / Lone Star State Of Mind / Listen To The Radio / It's A Hard Life Wherever You Go / Trouble In The Fields / Outbound Plane / Ford Econoline / Gulf Coast Highway / Love At The Five And Dime / I Knew Love / Sweet Dreams Will Come / Spin On A Red Brick Floor / I Don't Want To Talk About Love
07/2001 CD ELEKTRA 62660-2 (US) CLOCK WITHOUT HANDS - Clock Without Hands / Traveling Through This Part Of You / Where Would I Be / Midnight In Missoula / Lost Him In The Sun / Ghost Inside Of Me / Truly Something Fine / Cotton / Pearl's Eye View (The Life Of Dickey Chapelle) / Roses On The 4th Of July / Shaking Out The Snow / Armstrong / Last Song For Mother / In The Wee Small Hours
09/2002 CD ROUNDER 82161-3220-2 (US) WINTER MARQUEE - Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness / I Wish It Would Rain / Boots Of Spanish Leather / Two For The Road / Listen To The Radio / There's A Light Beyond These Woods / Gulf Coast Highway / Flyer / Good Night New York / Traveling Through This Part Of You / Last Train Home / I'm Not Drivin' These Wheels (Bring The Prose To The Wheel) / What's That I Hear / White Freight Liner
06/2002 CD MCA 088 170 301-2 (US) FROM A DISTANCE - Lone Star State Of Mind / Cold Hearts - Closed Minds / From A Distance / Ford Econoline / Trouble In The Fields / There's A Light Beyond These Woods / Looking For The Time (Workin' Girl) / I Don't Want To Talk About Love / Drive-In Movies And Dashboard Lights / It's A Hard Life Wherever You Go / If Wishes Were Changes / Once In A Very Blue Moon / Anyone Can Be Somebody's Fool / I Knew Love / Gulf Coast Highway / I Wish It Would Rain / Outbound Plane / Love At The Five And Dime / It's Just Another Morning Here / Late Night Grande Hotel / Hometown Streets / Wing And The Wheel
06/2003 2 CD MCA B000447-02 (US) COMPLETE MCA STUDIO RECORDINGS :
CD 1 : Tumble And Fall / Lone Star State Of Mind / Cold Hearts - Closed Minds / From A Distance / Beacon Street / Nickel Dreams / Sing One For Sister / Ford Econoline / Trouble In The Fields / Love In A Memory / Let It Shine On Me / There's A Light Beyond These Woods / Anyone Can Be Somebody's Fool / I Knew Love / Never Mind / Love Wore A Halo (Back Before The War) / So Long Ago / Gulf Coast Highway / Little Love Affairs / I Wish It Would Rain / Outbound Plane / I Would Change My Life / Sweet Dreams Will Come / Wooden Heart
CD 2 : I Don't Want To Talk About Love / Drive-In Movies And Dashboard Lights / You Made This Love A Teardrop / Brave Companion On The Road / Storms / It's A Hard Life Wherever You Go / If Wishes Were Changes / Listen To The Radio / Leaving The Harbor / Radio Fragile / It's Just Another Morning Here / Late Night Grande Hotel / It's Too Late / Fields Of Summer / Heaven / Power Lines / Hometown Streets / Down'n Outer / One Blade Shy Of A Sharp Edge / Sun Moon And Stars / San Diego Serenade / Stand Your Ground
02/2005 CD NEWDOOR 36690-2 (US) HEARTS IN MIND - Single Life / Angels / Heart Of Indochine / Beautiful / Back When Ted Loved Sylvia / Mountain Of Sorrow / Old Hanoi / Before / I Love This Town / Rise To The Occasion / Love Conquers All / Last Train Home / Big Blue Ball Of War / Our Very Own
11/2006 CD ROUNDER 82161-3265-2 (US) RUBY'S TORCH - When I Dream / If These Walls Could Speak / Ruby's Arms / Never Be The Sun / Bluer Than Blue / Brave Companion Of The Road / Grapefruit Moon / Please Call Me, Baby / Late Night Grande Hotel / In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning / Drops From The Faucet
06/2009 CD ROUNDER 82161-3275-2 (US) THE LOVING KIND - The Loving Kind / Money Changes Everything / One Of These Days / Up Against The Rain / Cotton's All We Got / Not Innocent Enough / Across America / Party Girl / Sing / Things I Don't Need / Still Life / Tequila After Midnight / Pour Me A Drink
02/2012 CD PROPER PRPCD 096 (UK) INTERSECTION - Bethlehem Steel / Never Going Back / Intersection / Waiting On A Dark Eyed Gal / Hell No (I'm Not Alright) / Stranded In The High Ground / If I Could Only Fly / Just Another Morning Here / Bad Seed / Davey's Last Picture / Come On Up Mississippi / High On A Mountain Top

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