More Than A Whisper: Celebrating The Music Of Nanci Griffith Various Artists - More Than A Whisper

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Label: Rounder

Genre: Songwriter

Subgenre: Compilations

Artist: Various Artists - More Than A Whisper

Composer: Nanci Griffith

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  • 1You Can’t Go Home Again04:41
  • 2Love At The Five & Dime04:49
  • 3Listen To The Radio04:00
  • 4Love Wore A Halo (Back Before The War)03:39
  • 5Trouble In The Fields03:30
  • 6Gulf Coast Highway03:28
  • 7Outbound Plane04:04
  • 8Radio Fragile05:03
  • 9It’s A Hard Life Wherever You Go04:38
  • 10Late Night Grande Hotel04:10
  • 11Ford Econoline02:38
  • 12Banks Of The Pontchartrain04:28
  • 13More Than A Whisper04:41
  • 14From A Distance04:37
  • Total Runtime58:26

Info for More Than A Whisper: Celebrating The Music Of Nanci Griffith

Nanci Griffith excelled at capturing the details of a small world in her songs. Her songs were like snapshots of a landscape and the lives that inhabited it; in wry lyrics, she caught the denizens of small town Texas life embroiled in the web of love, loss, and hope. With her crystalline vocals and her spare, intuitive musical arrangements, Griffith created an atmosphere of intimacy so that the songs came to life, touching listeners in enduring ways.

Had she not died two years ago (August 13, 2021), Nanci Griffith would have turned 70 this year (July 6). What better way to celebrate her birthday and to honor her legacy and continuing influence on songwriters and singers than in a tribute album, More Than a Whisper: Celebrating the Music of Nanci Griffith (Rounder)? The album features artists with whom Griffith often shared stages—Emmylou Harris, Lyle Lovett, Steve Earle, Iris DeMent—and those whose music reflects Griffith’s influence—Sarah Jarosz, Billy Strings, Molly Tuttle.

Jarosz’s spaciously unfolding version of “You Can’t Go Home Again,” from 1982’s The Poet in My Window, conveys the yearning and regret of the original. If you close your eyes for a moment, you’d think you’re listening to Griffith. John Prine and Kelsey Waldon capture the enduring character of love in the portrait of small town romance on “Love at the Five and Dime,” from Griffith’s 1986 The Last of the True Believers, while DeMent turns in a spiraling version of “Banks of the Pontchartrain,” from the same album, layering her vocals over cascading piano and strings and creating the photo of a couple waltzing on the lake’s banks.

Lyle Lovett and Kathy Mattea deliver a spare, emotionally powerful version of “Trouble in the Fields,” from 1987’s Lone Star State of Mind, that captures the enduring power of love in the face of poverty and economic devastation. Brandy Clark’s version of “Gulf Coast Highway,” from 1988’s Little Love Affairs evokes the promise and the regrets of the open road, while Shawn Colvin offers a spare take on “Outbound Plane,” from the same album, that captures the longing for love and the will to capture it. Todd Snider’s take on “Ford Econoline,” from Lone Star State of Mind, captures the hard-edged, celebratory tale of an abused woman escaping her abuser by “cruising along in that Ford Econoline,” while Strings and Tuttle deliver a rousing version of the Griffith’s hopeful ballad “Listen to the Radio,” from 1989’s Storms. More Than a Whisper closes with the War and Treaty’s soulful version of “From a Distance,” from Lone Star State of Mind.

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