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Patty Griffin is a legend in her own right, and has certainly been busy in the past few years. Between her Grammy-winning solo album Downtown Church and extensive side endeavors (most significantly her “Band of Joy” project with Robert Plant), Griffin was excited and relieved to announce that she would be bringing things “back to basics” this fall with her first solo tour dates in the U.S. for twelve years.
With five dates in mid-October released thus far, it appears that this leg of the Griffin tour will be based in the south, starting in Louisiana and concluding a week later in Oklahoma. Its purpose, the artist explained to Rolling Stone earlier today, is for her to get used to performing her own material and performing as a solo act for the first time, and becoming reacquainted with her older material. “The idea is to do ‘small’ and ‘off my beaten path,’ or go back to an old, beaten path – do some smaller things that I haven’t done in 15 or 20 years.” Of course, brushing up one’s chops is never the sole reason for a tour—it’s rumored that Griffin’s seventh studio album, entitled American Kid, will be released during the fall tour dates.
Griffin admits that American Kid will be a return to her folk roots in a big way, something she considered inevitable with the influences she’s surrounded herself with the past few years. Collaborating heavily with Robert Plant and the North Mississippi All Stars, Griffin said “I would hang out in the dressing room with them and they would show me stuff on the guitar, so I got to hear them play acoustic.” She worked the with brothers that comprise the All Stars on the new album and enlisted producer Craig Ross to help create a sound she describes as “a little darker”.
Although she won’t be making a stop in Boston this time, Griffin and her fans have a lot to look forward to—whether she’s on or off the beaten path, her music sings for itself.
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