Folk/country singer Nanci Griffith passes away
Friday, August 13, 2021
– Singer/songwriter Nanci Griffith, who helped write the hits "Love at the Five and Dime" and "Outbound Plane," died Friday at 68 in Nashville. No cause of death was given.
Griffith enjoyed a longstanding solo career as well in the folk and country genres. She released 18 albums between 1978 and 2012. Among her best albums were "Once in a Very Blue Moon" in 1984, "The Last of the True Believers" in 1986 and
"Lone Star State of Mind" in 1988.
Griffith won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album in 1994 for her recording, "Other Voices, Other Rooms." Among those contributing to the disc were John Prine, Emmylou Harris and Bob Dylan, who blew harp on "Boots of Spanish Leather."
One of her best known songs was "From a Distance," which was penned by Julie Gold and became a bigger hit for Bette Midler. Griffith was the first singer to cut the song.
Kathy Mattea had a country music top five hit with a 1986 cover of Griffith's "Love at the Five and Dime" and Suzy Bogguss had a big hit with Griffith's and Tom Russell's "Outbound Plane.
Bogguss said on Facebook, "My heart is aching😔A beautiful soul that I love has left this earth. I feel blessed to have many memories of our times together along with most everything she ever recorded. I'm going to spend the day reveling in the articulate masterful legacy she's left us🌺Rest my dear friend Nanci Griffith💖"
Darius Rucker cited Griffith as an influence on him. "Today i am just sad man. I lost one of my idols. One of the reasons I am in Nashville.She blew my mind the first time I heard Marie and Omie. And singing with her was my favorite things to do. Grammy-winning folk singer-songwriter Nanci Griffith dies."
Griffith was born in Seguin, Texas on July 6, 1953. She was married to fellow singer Eric Taylor from 1976-82.
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