Folk and rock singer Patty Griffin burst onto the national music scene in with her stark, emotional acoustic CD Living with Ghosts. Talking with a friend who's worked in the music business since he left college 10 years ago about Griffin' situation, my inclination or at least, my conversational strategy was to rationalize in favor of the record company. In the Advocate, Margaret Coble wrote that on Kisses, "[Griffin] sounds better and digs deeper than ever before. She cut the whole of Kisses there -- except the title track. She'll sell records someday. When things click that well, the performers know it, and it sustains them.
She also studied guitar with John Curtis, who wound up booking gigs for the two of them, and wrote incessantly, which garnered her friends like Ellis Paul, with whom she sometimes played.
1,000 Musical Kisses
Later on, after we had graduated and I had moved on and out from where I grew up, I found out that he had killed himself. Similar artists with upcoming concerts The Avett Brothers. Wherever she grew up, though, her singing makes her sound like she was born in Dixie, which, to begin with, means bluesy. She cut the whole of Kisses there -- except the title track. Fri 20 Sep Festivalzelt Gstaad, Switzerland. So I was just ready to get out of Nashville and out of that mindset of everything having that cleanness to it.
How is creating and performing music a catharsis for you? Some of her songs are fierce. For the people who know me well, you know my heart well too. But they did buy music for her. She is the wellspring. Gilkyson put it well: