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Obit: Nanci Griffith (1953-2021)

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FROM A DISTANCE
IT'S A HARD LIFE


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Subject: Obit: Nanci Griffith
From: GUEST,Nathan Tompkins
Date: 13 Aug 21 - 04:33 PM

Well the 13th is sure living up to itself today....bloody hell.

Nanci Griffith Dies

    Nanci Griffith, Grammy-winning folk singer-songwriter, dies at 68

    By Kristin M. Hall
    Today at 5:27 p.m. EDT

    Nanci Griffith, the Grammy-winning folk singer-songwriter from Texas whose literary songs like “Love at the Five and Dime” celebrated the South, has died. She was 68.

    Her management company, Gold Mountain Entertainment, said Ms. Griffith died Aug. 13 but did not provide a cause of death.

    “It was Nanci’s wish that no further formal statement or press release happen for a week following her passing,” Gold Mountain Entertainment said in a statement.

    Ms. Griffith worked closely with other folk singers, helping the early careers of artists such as Lyle Lovett and Emmylou Harris. She had a high-pitched voice, and her singing was effortlessly smooth with a twangy Texas accent as she sang about Dust Bowl farmers and empty Woolworth general stores.

    Ms. Griffith was also known for her recording of “From a Distance,” which would later become a popular Bette Midler tune. The song appeared on Ms. Griffith’s first major label release, “Lone Star State of Mind” in 1987.

    Her 1993 album “Other Voices, Other Rooms,” earned a Grammy for best contemporary folk album. Named after a Truman Capote novel, the album features Ms. Griffith singing with Harris, John Prine, Arlo Guthrie and Guy Clark on classic folk songs.

    Nanci Caroline Griffith was born in Seguin, Tex., on July 6, 1953, and had her first paid gig in her teens.

    In keeping with the tradition of folk music, she often wrote social commentary into her songs, such as the anti-racist ode “It’s a Hard Life Wherever You Go.” “Trouble in the Fields” addressed the economic impact on rural farmers in the 1980s.

    “I wrote it because my family were farmers in West Texas during the Great Depression,” Ms. Griffith told the Los Angeles Times in a 1990 interview. “It was written basically as a show of support for my generation of farmers.”

    Ms. Griffith gained many fans in Ireland and Northern Ireland, where she would often tour. In 2008, she won the Lifetime Achievement Trailblazer Award from the Americana Music Association.

    A complete list of survivors was not immediately available.

    —Associated Press


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Subject: RE: Obit: Nanci Griffith
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 13 Aug 21 - 04:43 PM

A shock and a great loss.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Nanci Griffith
From: Felipa
Date: 13 Aug 21 - 04:56 PM

a shock to me also; as it happens I had just listened last night to a video of her Nanci singing


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Subject: RE: Obit: Nanci Griffith
From: Felipa
Date: 13 Aug 21 - 05:01 PM

Nathan's link brings me to The Washington Post where it says something like "sorry, we can't find the article you are looking for."

here is a different link https://twnews.co.uk/gb-news/nanci-griffith-death-grammy-winning-singer-dies-aged-68



The Washington Post link has been repaired. ---mudelf


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Subject: RE: Obit: Nanci Griffith
From: Jeri
Date: 13 Aug 21 - 05:18 PM

Felipa, thanks for linking to something without a nag screen. I need to find where i've squirreled away all her CDs.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Nanci Griffith
From: GUEST,keberoxu
Date: 13 Aug 21 - 05:24 PM

a couple of tangential details.

The Independent has an article online,
the reporter is "Roisin O'Connor".

The article concludes with the assertion:
"Griffith was diagnosed with cancer at least twice,
first with breast cancer in 1996
and again, this time with thyroid cancer, in 1999."


Silly thought:
there must be an awful lot of Roisin O'Connors out there,
but I am reminded of Sinead O'Connor's only daughter . . .


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Subject: RE: Obit: Nanci Griffith (1953-2021)
From: DonMeixner
Date: 13 Aug 21 - 05:42 PM

A favorite of mine.


Gulf Coast Highway

Gu(G)lf coast highway, he worked the rails                                                                                                         
He worked the rice fields with their cool, dark w(C)ells                     
He worked the (Em)oil rigs in the Gu(D)lf of Mex(G)ico                  
The only thi(C)ng we've ever ow(G)ned is this old ho(D)use here by the ro(G)ad
            
And when (Em)he(She We) dies he says he'll cat(D)ch some blackbird's wi(G)ng                  
And he will(C) fly away to hea(G)ven, come some sw(D)eet Blue Bonnet spr(G)ing.


She walked through springtime when I was home                                    
Our days were sweet, our nights were warm            
The seasons changed, the jobs would come, the flowers fade         
And this house felt so alone, when the work took me away

      
Highway 90, the jobs are gone now We tend our garden and we set the sun            
This is the only place on earth Blue Bonnets grow         
And once a year they come and go at this old house here by the road            
And when we die we say we'll catch some blackbird's wing            
And we will fly away to heaven, come some sweet Blue Bonnet spring.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Nanci Griffith (1953-2021)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 13 Aug 21 - 06:10 PM

Oh, this is hard to believe. She always seemed so young - I thought she'd live forever. I've loved her singing so much. She took me through some hard times. I saw her perform only once, at an outdoor concert in Oregon in about 1990. Rest easy, Nanci. We'll miss you. You were part of the heart of our lives. I thought of you every time I saw a rusty Ford Econoline van. I thought of you when I was on the adventure of driving Highway 90, the Gulf Coast Highway - on my way to move my sister to her last home before she died. I thought of you every time I passed a place that used to be a Woolworth's store.

Thread #117054   Message #2518071
Posted By: Joe Offer
17-Dec-08 - 01:45 PM
Thread Name: BS: All (UK) Woolworths stores to close
Subject: ADD: Love at the Five and Dime (Nanci Griffith)

The Woolworth Building is an architectural delight. I used to treasure my set of Woolworth dominoes, that had the image of the Woolworth Building embossed on every piece.

Woolworth's was gone from most places in Wisconsin by the time I left Wisconsin in 1970. I was stationed in Berlin 1972-73, and the Woolworth (no apostrophe-s) stores there seemed to be very prosperous. No lunch counters in the Berlin stores, though.

There was still a Woolworth's in Sacramento when I moved there in 1973. I think it closed in the 1980's. I remember the U.S. stores as being a little seedy, while the German Woolworth stores were shiny and clean. Since I was born in Detroit, I always thought Kresge was the best five-and-dime store.

Reminds me of one of my favorite songs:

LOVE AT THE FIVE AND DIME
(Nanci Griffith)

Rita was sixteen years... hazel eyes and chestnut hair
she made the Woolworth counter shine
Eddie was a sweet romancer, and a darn good dancer
they'd waltz the aisles of the five and dime

(chorus)
They'd sing, "Dance a little closer to me... dance a little closer now
Dance a little closer tonight
Dance a little closer to me... it's closing time
And love's on sale tonight at this five and dime
Eddie played the steel guitar and his mama cried 'cuz he played in the bars
And kept young Rita out late at night
So, they married up in Abilene... lost a child in Tennessee
still, that love survived

(repeat chorus)

One of the boys in Eddie's band... took a shine to Rita's hands
so, Eddie ran off with the bass man's wife
Oh' but he was back by June... singin' a different tune
And sportin' Miss Rita back by his side

(repeat chorus){He sang}

Eddie travelled with the barroom bands... till arthritis took his hands
now he sells insurance on the side
Rita's got a house to keep... dimestore novels and a love so sweet
they dance to the radio late at night

(repeat chorus)
(repeat 1st verse)

they'd waltz the aisles of the five and dime
they'd waltz the aisles of the five and dime



Source: http://www.nancigriffith.com/lyrics.php?track=324


Here's the Wikipedia article on the company. All that's left of Woolworth's in the U.S., is the Foot Locker chain of sporting goods stores. www.woolworth.com leads to Foot Locker.
-Joe-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeU4KJJPpqU

Live performance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GK462XnRjQ


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Subject: RE: Obit: Nanci Griffith (1953-2021)
From: rich-joy
Date: 13 Aug 21 - 06:12 PM

Oh, what a sad loss.

Vale, Nancy.

R-J


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Subject: RE: Obit: Nanci Griffith (1953-2021)
From: GUEST,#
Date: 13 Aug 21 - 06:45 PM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okUYwIdxRWs

A beautiful song from a beautiful soul. She caught a blackbird's wing.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Nanci Griffith (1953-2021)
From: voyager
Date: 13 Aug 21 - 07:24 PM

tears in my eyes, ache in my heart for the wonderful songbird Nanci Griffith - We'll meet on the other side - Across the Great Divide

rip
voyager


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Subject: RE: Obit: Nanci Griffith (1953-2021)
From: Jeri
Date: 13 Aug 21 - 07:47 PM

Gulf Coast Highway: #'s link is to a YouTube rendition of is the song Don Meixner posted. There is a LOT of material on Youtube.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Nanci Griffith (1953-2021)
From: GUEST,Gallus Moll
Date: 13 Aug 21 - 08:16 PM

So sad to learn of her passing - love Nanci's singing, songs. Rest easy, lass.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Nanci Griffith (1953-2021)
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Aug 21 - 08:56 PM

Very sad news indeed. condolences to family and friends. RIP Nanci.

She was married to Eric Taylor 1976-1982), performed at
Kerrville Festival with him (selections released on LP and CD), also possibly on Austin City Limits after they split = don't remember, so anyone who has correct details please post. Thanks.

Thomas.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Nanci Griffith (1953-2021)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 13 Aug 21 - 09:25 PM

Wikipedia says Nanci Griffith first appeared on Austin City Limits. on 1885. Here's a partial video of that performance:She often appeared on the program through the years. I think my favorite Nanci Griffith ACL performance was 1989:

By the 1990s, Nanci had become a "senior stateswoman" in the contemporary folk world, and she took on the interesting Other Voices | Other Rooms project, recording duets with other performers.

Here's a playlist for the live videos for the project:

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Subject: RE: Obit: Nanci Griffith (1953-2021)
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 Aug 21 - 09:34 PM

Sad, sad news.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Nanci Griffith (1953-2021)
From: GUEST,Lin
Date: 13 Aug 21 - 11:01 PM

Oh no, I just read this tragic news when I was bringing up Google to look for something. Before I was about to type something on the Google space, I saw the news that came up on the Google page about her death today.
I am really shocked and extremely sad. I saw her only once in Los Angeles at the Wiltern Theater in the late 1980s but have followed her music for many years since then.
She always seemed so young.....oh, it is so horribly shocking news....


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Subject: RE: Obit: Nanci Griffith (1953-2021)
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Aug 21 - 11:22 PM

Oooh this is hard to take


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Subject: RE: Obit: Nanci Griffith (1953-2021)
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 14 Aug 21 - 05:19 AM

Very sad. One of my all time favourite albums is Other voices, Other rooms


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Subject: RE: Obit: Nanci Griffith (1953-2021)
From: GUEST,JHW
Date: 14 Aug 21 - 05:54 AM

Knew this would be here. Very sorry she's gone. Thank you to a great song writer.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Nanci Griffith (1953-2021)
From: GUEST,Joe G
Date: 14 Aug 21 - 10:10 AM

Such sad news - she was one of the people who made me realise country music wasn't all bad. A beautiful voice and great songwriter


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Subject: RE: Obit: Nanci Griffith (1953-2021)
From: Waddon Pete
Date: 14 Aug 21 - 11:03 AM

A great loss. But we have some wonderful CD tracks and YouTube posts to remember her by. I shall be giving some of them a whirl today and raising a glass. I have entered her name into the "In Memoriam" thread ad send friends and family all my condolences. RIP


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Subject: RE: Obit: Nanci Griffith (1953-2021)
From: Jeri
Date: 14 Aug 21 - 11:52 AM

Some more songs.
There’s a Light Beyond These Woods
More Than a Whisper
Late Night Grand Hotel
I Wish it Would Rain
Listen to the Radio
Ford Econoline
Power Lines
Never Be the Sun (Amazing that I’d never heard this.)


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Subject: RE: Obit: Nanci Griffith (1953-2021)
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 14 Aug 21 - 01:42 PM

Horrible news. A lovely, talented lady. RIP Nanci.<3


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Subject: RE: Obit: Nanci Griffith (1953-2021)
From: GUEST,JHW
Date: 14 Aug 21 - 03:14 PM

Never be the Sun. Not until now had I heard Nanci Griffith sing this but it is a long time favourite from Bram Taylor, a show stopper of his. He credits Donagh Long.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Nanci Griffith (1953-2021)
From: Felipa
Date: 14 Aug 21 - 04:03 PM

Lyrics to Never Be the Sun are posted on Mudca, authorship attributed to Donagh Long. Another singer who recorded that song is Dolores Keane

I wasn't familiar with There's a Light Beyond These Woods, so I'm listening to it via the link provided by Jeri. A lot of new comments are added today, as we may expect, but the comments from 5 and more years ago also show how much Nanci Griffith's songs and singing meant to people. I looked up the lyrics and added them to Mudcat; clickable link in the first sentence of this paragraph.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Nanci Griffith (1953-2021)
From: Janie
Date: 14 Aug 21 - 04:41 PM

Sad beyond words. She was a shining light.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Nanci Griffith (1953-2021)
From: Jeri
Date: 14 Aug 21 - 06:46 PM

Just one more: Nanci Griffith and Townes Van Zandt - Tecumseh Valley


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Subject: RE: Obit: Nanci Griffith (1953-2021)
From: Jeri
Date: 14 Aug 21 - 06:53 PM

I found her music because a friend (Mark "Rocky" Rockwood) told me about her. I think he copied a CD, but I bought all of them (probably not) after that. She had a unique voice, and wrote stunning lyrics. She also always seemed so happy, and kind, and innocent, and exuded both innocence and wisdom at the same time. You sort of wish you could spend Thanksgiving at her house, and just sit and talk about what was on the other side of those woods.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Nanci Griffith (1953-2021)
From: GUEST,Malachy
Date: 14 Aug 21 - 08:59 PM

Sad indeed - I'm in a lone star state of mind today .


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Subject: RE: Obit: Nanci Griffith (1953-2021)
From: Rex
Date: 15 Aug 21 - 12:54 PM

I've been playing One Fair Summer Evening in the car through this week going back and forth to gigs. Now I've learned Nanci is gone. That is hard news and yes, she seemed so young. Nanci wrote so many wonderful songs but to me it was her voice and spirit. Her speaking voice was mousy quiet but the power of her singing could fill any hall. It is a mystery to me how she could do that. Nanci, I thank you for the stories.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Nanci Griffith (1953-2021)
From: StephenH
Date: 15 Aug 21 - 01:15 PM

Oh, this is very sad. A particular favourite of my partner, and myself also.
Many happy hours spent listening to Nancy and singing along to her cds
on long car trips. A great songwriter and possessing a unique, instantly recognisable voice. A real loss.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Nanci Griffith (1953-2021)
From: Thomas Stern
Date: 15 Aug 21 - 10:18 PM

obit SF Chronicle:
https://www.sfchronicle.com/entertainment/amp/Grammy-winning-folk-singer-songwriter-Nanci-16385586.php

Thomas.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Nanci Griffith (1953-2021)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 15 Aug 21 - 11:38 PM

As usual, The Guardian has a good obituary:

Nanci Griffith obituary
American folk-country singer and songwriter best known for Love at the Five and Dime and her album Other Voices, Other Rooms
Adam Sweeting, 15 Aug 2021

Greatly admired by her fellow artists and a devoted army of fans, Nanci Griffith, who has died aged 68, exemplified a style of musical storytelling with a literary flavour, focusing on the small details of the lives of her characters. Songs such as Love at the Five and Dime and Gulf Coast Highway have become permanent fixtures in the folk-country canon (Griffith described her music as “folkabilly”), and the Grammy award she won for her album Other Voices, Other Rooms in 1994 seemed a long overdue reward for her carefully crafted body of work.

While that album comprised versions of other people’s songs, other artists appreciated the quality of her own material. Love at the Five and Dime, from Griffith’s album The Last of the True Believers (1986), was a Grammy-nominated country hit for Kathy Mattea, while Emmylou Harris and Willie Nelson sang Gulf Coast Highway on Harris’s hit album Duets (1990). Suzy Bogguss had a country Top 10 hit with Griffith’s Outbound Plane.

A shrewd song-picker, Griffith was the first artist to record Julie Gold’s From a Distance, and it gave her a Top 10 hit in Ireland, though it was Bette Midler who had a huge hit with it in 1990. A less successful covers album, Other Voices, Too (A Trip Back to Bountiful), released in 1998, was accompanied by a book, Nanci Griffith’s Other Voices – A Personal History of Folk Music.

The youngest of three children, Griffith was born in Seguin, Texas, a small town near San Antonio. Her father, Marlin, was a bookseller. He also sang in barbershop quartets and was a fan of traditional folk music who introduced Nanci to the music of the 1960s folk-revivalist Carolyn Hester. His wife, Ruelen (nee Strawser), worked as an estate agent. Her parents moved to Austin during her childhood before divorcing in 1960. Griffith described her family as “really dysfunctional”, and her song Bad Seed, from the album Intersection (2012), was addressed to her father, and included the lines “Bad seed, there’s a darkness I can’t hide … too much pain to keep inside.”

She learned to play the guitar by watching a PBS TV series hosted by Laura Weber and started to write her own songs. Her first performance was at the Red Lion club in Austin, when she was 12. She listed the songwriter Odetta as one of her key influences, and defined herself by saying: “You take a whole lot of Woody Guthrie and a whole lot of Loretta Lynn, swoosh it around and it comes out as Nanci Griffith.”

She recalled being strongly affected by seeing her fellow Texan Townes van Zandt perform, singling out his song Tecumseh Valley, the kind of finely drawn narrative that would become a trademark of her own work.

She played in clubs while finishing her academic qualifications, and armed with a degree in education from the University of Texas, she became a kindergarten teacher. In 1978 she released her debut album, There’s a Light Beyond These Woods, on the local Austin label BF Deal. The title song defined some of her essential qualities. It was a haunting and nostalgic saga of two childhood friends pursuing different paths through life, and included a reference to a boy called John, who had been her high school sweetheart but died in a motorcycle accident. Also in 1978 she won the New Folk competition at the Kerrville folk festival.

She made three more albums for the independent labels Featherbed and Philo, the last of them the Grammy-nominated The Last of the True Believers, before moving to Nashville in 1985. Her arrival there coincided with a boom in so-called “New Country” artists, including Steve Earle and Lyle Lovett, though she insisted that she did not belong to that category. She signed a deal with a major label, MCA, for whom she recorded a quartet of albums including Lone Star State of Mind (1987), which reached 23 on the US country chart and gave her a country Top 40 hit with the title track, and Little Love Affairs (1988), which went to 27 on the country chart.

Griffith put together her renowned Blue Moon Orchestra, which would accompany her for more than a decade. The albums Storms (1989) and Late Night Grande Hotel (1991), produced by the rock producer Glyn Johns and Rod Argent and Peter Van Hooke respectively, provoked some criticism from purists for aiming for a more mainstream audience.

In 1993 she moved to the Elektra label where she would enjoy her highest profile successes. Other Voices, Other Rooms (1993) borrowed its title from Truman Capote’s first novel and was a collection of songs by writers who had inspired her, including Guthrie, Van Zandt, Bob Dylan, Janis Ian and John Prine, and featured guest appearances by Dylan, Prine, Hester, Emmylou Harris and Iris DeMent.

Further success followed with Flyer (1994), which cracked the Top 50 in the US and reached 20 in the UK, though subsequent releases saw her sales falling away.

Griffith suffered health problems. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1996 and thyroid cancer in 1998. A case of Dupuytren’s contracture caused her to lose flexibility in her fingers.

She was married to the Texan singer-songwriter Eric Taylor from 1976 until their divorce in 1982.

Taylor had served in Vietnam, and in 2000 Griffith visited Vietnam and Cambodia with the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation. Vietnam was the subject of several songs on her last Elektra album Clock Without Hands (2001), named after a novel by Carson McCullers.

She recorded four more albums, the last of them being Intersection, recorded at her Nashville home with Pete and Maura Kennedy and the percussionist Pat McInerney. Two of its songs Come On Up Mississippi and Bethlehem Steel reflected some of Griffith’s social and political concerns.

  • Nanci Caroline Griffith, singer and songwriter, born 6 July 1953; died 13 August 2021


  • Nanci Griffith recorded One Fair Summer Evening at the Anderson Fair Club in Houston in 1988. By far, it is my favorite Nanci Griffith album. Here's the playlist:

    But I also found a collection of Nanci Griffith performances on David Letterman's show - these are really fun: And here's a hometown obituary from the Austin Chronicle:


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    Subject: RE: Obit: Nanci Griffith (1953-2021)
    From: GUEST,keberoxu
    Date: 17 Aug 21 - 11:12 AM

    Can someone link to the memorial in the latest issue
    of Texas Monthly?

    A title to the effect of,
    she never knew how much she was loved.


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    Subject: RE: Obit: Nanci Griffith (1953-2021)
    From: gillymor
    Date: 17 Aug 21 - 12:20 PM

    more-loved-than-she-knew-Texas Monthly

    I wasn't really a fan but I respected her as an artist. I lived in her hometown of Seguin for a few years back in the '80's but wasn't aware of it until I read her obit.


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    Subject: RE: Obit: Nanci Griffith (1953-2021)
    From: Felipa
    Date: 18 Aug 21 - 05:47 PM

    Bob Harris' country music show on BBC Radio 2 will have a tribute to Nanci Griffith tomorrow night, Thursday 19 Aug. 2021. The weekly radio programme starts at 9 pm (BST zone). I don't know how much of the one-hour programme will be dedicated to Ms Griffith.


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    Subject: RE: Obit: Nanci Griffith (1953-2021)
    From: GUEST,Enda McDaid.
    Date: 19 Aug 21 - 05:24 AM

    Such sad news I saw her play in the Irish National Foresters Club in Warrenpoint County Down on both her tours. . Thanks for the great memories.


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    Subject: RE: Obit: Nanci Griffith (1953-2021)
    From: keberoxu
    Date: 19 Aug 21 - 11:04 AM

    My impatience embarrasses me.
    It isn't yet one week since Ms. Griffith passed,
    and yet I get that antsy feeling,
    waiting for further 'statements', shame on me.


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    Subject: RE: Obit: Nanci Griffith (1953-2021)
    From: Jeri
    Date: 19 Aug 21 - 11:35 AM

    I think you just like seeing your name in the "new messages" list, and it doesn't really matter if you have anything to say.


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    Subject: RE: Obit: Nanci Griffith (1953-2021)
    From: GUEST,keberoxu
    Date: 19 Aug 21 - 05:47 PM

    what is a new messages list?


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    Subject: RE: Obit: Nanci Griffith (1953-2021)
    From: keberoxu
    Date: 27 Aug 21 - 12:27 PM

    The Austin-American Statesman is carrying
    an obituary/feature-length article
    commemorating Nanci Griffith.
    But can I link to it? nooooooo.


    "Only For Subscribers." I can't even read the thing.


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    Subject: RE: Obit: Nanci Griffith (1953-2021)
    From: GUEST
    Date: 27 Aug 21 - 04:08 PM

    keberoxu: here you go

    In the beginning

    “I did my first professional gig at the age of 14 on a Thanksgiving evening downtown at the Red Lion Cabaret,” Griffith said in an interview included on the 1993 Paramount concert video. “I made $11. It was a great evening. Nobody came; I was terrible, but I made 11 bucks.”

    The interview took place at the former site of Holy Cross, a religious school Griffith attended at the northwest corner of 41st and Red River streets in Hyde Park. (It’s now the site of the Commodore Perry Estate luxury hotel.) “I learned a lot of other people’s songs when I went to school here because I played at the folk mass every week,” she says in the video interview. “I learned a lot of Bob Dylan songs, and a lot of Tom Paxton songs, for folk mass.”

    Childhood friend Maggie Graham also attended Holy Cross. In a 1998 email interview published to a Griffith fan site, Graham recalls the two pals hanging out downtown at Vulcan Gas Company, the Paramount Theatre, Woolworth’s and other 1960s-era establishments.

    "We did what most people our age did at those places," Graham wrote. "We were wild, at least by our parents' standards, and I suppose I was the wilder of the two of us. Nanci had more sense than I did."


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    Subject: RE: Obit: Nanci Griffith (1953-2021)
    From: Felipa
    Date: 27 Aug 21 - 04:38 PM

    Guest's link for Keberoxu worked well for me. I could read the article without becoming a subscriber. There is a lot more content besides that quoted above.

    Although Nanci Griffith had not produced a recording since 2012 and had not toured for an even longer period, she was involved in Rounder Records' plans for a tribute album of her songs (tentatively planned to be released in 2022) and had reportedly been pleased to hear of her upcoming induction into the Texas Heritage Songwriter's Hall of Fame.


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    Subject: RE: Obit: Nanci Griffith (1953-2021)
    From: Felipa
    Date: 27 Aug 21 - 04:41 PM

    " Her management company, Gold Mountain Entertainment, said Ms. Griffith died Aug. 13 but did not provide a cause of death.

    “ 'It was Nanci’s wish that no further formal statement or press release happen for a week following her passing,' Gold Mountain Entertainment said in a statement."

    A fortnight has passed. Is there any further information in the public domain?


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    Subject: RE: Obit: Nanci Griffith (1953-2021)
    From: Reinhard
    Date: 27 Aug 21 - 05:16 PM

    Why do people anways have to stick their nose in other's affairs? Don't gossip and let Nanci rest in peace.


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    Subject: RE: Obit: Nanci Griffith (1953-2021)
    From: keberoxu
    Date: 27 Aug 21 - 07:57 PM

    Nanci Griffith was an interesting combination of Southern lady and rabble-rouser.

    It doesn't surprise me to find that her family, friends, and management are protective of her privacy.

    Thanks, GUEST, for the link: somehow,
    that Austin360 website sneaked away from me, as
    I was attempting to link directly from the Statesman webpages,
    which was not permitted.

    If you don't care to read the entire article, this excerpt
    might partly answer one question.

    "On Tuesday (24 August), Griffith's manager, Burt Stein, issued
    a brief addition to the original (13 August) statement:
    'Nanci's wishes were for no funeral or religious ceremony to be held in her name.
    She asked that, in lieu of flowers, to make donations to
    Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation,
    the Mines Advisory Group of Manchester, England,
    or
    The Store in Nashville, Tennessee."


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    Subject: RE: Obit: Nanci Griffith (1953-2021)
    From: GUEST,JHW
    Date: 01 Sep 21 - 02:32 PM

    "You'll be the mule, I'll be the plough"


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