The Blue Door is very pleased to announce an upcoming show with Patty Griffin, in support of her highly acclaimed, recently released records: American Kid (New West) and the long lost album, Silver Bell (Universal).
American Kid, co-produced by Griffin and Craig Ross, is her seventh release, and first for New West. It is her first album of mainly new material since the acclaimed Children Running Through in 2007. In between then and now, she made the Grammy Award-winning Downtown Church in 2010 and became a member of Band of Joy alongside Robert Plant.
The record received stellar reviews. The New York Times said, “Elements of her father’s life story float through the lyrics, but they lead to broader sorrows and mysteries,” while Rolling Stone hailed, “her writing remains as surprising as it is masterful.” The NPR music staff voted the record one of the best albums of the year so far saying, “American Kid taps into gospel, country, the Irish waltz and torch song. But Griffin centers everything on her gift for uplift and her equally powerful emotional clarity.”
The sought-after Silver Bell was recorded in the year 2000 and never came out due to her first label A&M’s turn-of-the-century ownership change. Despite its 13 years of limbo, the record spawned two huge hits for the Dixie Chicks, who covered both “Top Of The World” and “Truth #2” for their six-million-selling 2002 Home album. In addition, the band’s Natalie Maines recorded Silver Bell’s title track for her recent solo debut, Mother. The record features 14 original songs recorded at Daniel Lanois’ Kingsway Studio in New Orleans.
Anais Mitchell will open for Griffin on the tour. Mitchell released the acclaimed Child Ballads album in early 2013. The Independent (UK) proclaimed Mitchell “the most engaging, and in some ways, most original artist currently working in the field of new American ‘folk’ music,” while Pitchfork said “Mitchell is a skilled storyteller…her delivery gives an emotional complexity that welcomes and even demands repeated listens.”