anci Griffith, a ‘Texas-born singer-songwriter’ known for her crystal voice and narrative ability in ‘folk and country music ‘ circles,
died on Friday in ‘Nashville’ at the age of 68.
Her management organization, Gold Mountain Entertainment, verified the news.
“It is Nanci’s desire that no announcement or press release happens for a week after her death,” Griffith is
said to have requested.
Nanci Griffith composed songs for herself as well as other performers.
Griffiths was renowned for her storytelling abilities as a songwriter, with songs like “Late Night Grande
Hotel” and “It’s a Hard Life Wherever You Go” became classics. Other singers had success with her songs:
Kathy Mattea’s ‘Love at the Five and Dime’ reached the country Top 5, while Suzy Bogguss’ “Outbound
The plane,” penned by Griffith and Tom Russell, reached the country Top 10.
She was also renowned for her light, clear voice, which she used to interpret songs of other authors songs.
She was intimately connected with Julie Gold’s song “From a Distance,” which became a big success for
Bette Midler. ‘Other Voices, Other Rooms ‘, a 1993 album including guest performances by Dylan and
Prine and dedicated completely to songs written by Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Townes Van Zandt, John
Prine, and others, won Griffith a Grammy Award in 1994.
Loretta Lynn was a source of inspiration for her.
Nanci Caroline Griffith was born in Seguin, Texas, a Hill Country hamlet near San Antonio, on July 6, 1954,
and grew up in Austin. She started singing as a youngster, influenced by country music legends such as
Loretta Lynn. In a 1989′ Austin City ‘ performance, Griffith stated of Lynn, “She was the first vocalist I ever
saw of the female gender who wrote her own dad-gum tunes and played her own rhythm guitar.”
Nanci Griffith continued to perform while studying at ‘the University of Texas and worked as a kindergarten teacher after-hours.
In 1976, she married Eric Anderson, a fellow singer-songwriter. In 1982, they divorced.
and In 1978, she won the ‘Kerrville Folk Festival’s New Folk Competition ‘a rite of passage for Texas folk
musicians. Griffith went to Nashville in 1985 after releasing records on prestigious roots-music labels like
Philo, and achieved success on big labels like MCA and Elektra throughout the 1980s and 1990s,
collaborating with musicians like John Prine, Emmylou Harris, and Lyle Lovett.
Griffith has been honored by her peers.
She battled breast cancer in 1996 and thyroid cancer in 1998, yet she
persevered in her profession throughout most of the 2000s. Griffith earned the Americana Music
Association’s Lifetime Achievement Trailblazer Award in 2008, and her last studio CD, “Intersection,” was
released in 2012.
When word of Griffith’s death broke, folk and country celebrities reacted quickly.
Suzy Bogguss said on Instagram, “I feel fortunate to have many memories of our moments together, as
well as virtually everything she ever recorded.” “I’m going to spend the day reveling in her eloquent and
Rosanne Cash paid tribute to Griffith on Twitter, posting a video of her performing “Trouble in the Fields”
during a concert at New York City’s Bottom Line in the 1990s.
“It was — and continues to be — amazing,” Cash remarked.
On Twitter, Darius Rucker also paid homage to Griffith.
“One of my heroes passed away. One of the reasons I’m here in Nashville is to attend a conference “he
wrote “The first time I heard Marie and Omie, she blew my mind. And singing with her was ‘one of my
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