The veteran folk singer/songwriter has stayed on the ride since her 1996 debut with A&M, taking her own personal struggles and stories and using them to tell bigger ones with her inimitable songcraft. While Griffin’s music has shifted from aerial folk to rootsy, wind-swept Americana over the course of seven albums, she has created a diverse body of work unified by her unmistakable voice and its ability to deliver powerful, unpredictable songs with bittersweet insight and well-crafted lyricism. Besides winning a Grammy and becoming a member of Robert Plant’s Band of Joy, further cementing herself as Nashville royalty, she has been touring in support of American Kid, released in May of last year. Opening for Griffin on the summer leg of the tour is Parker Millsap, a 20-year-old fellow tunesmith based out of Oklahoma known for his blend of blues-rock and thought-provoking storytelling. Millsap may be a little green, but after touring with Patty Griffin, he’ll be more than equipped to follow her example and stay on the ride.
Thu., June 5, 8:15 p.m., 2014
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on June 4, 2014