Interview With Patty Griffin

Patti Griffin is on in Lismore

Patty Griffin

Lismore City Hall  |  Friday  |  7.30pm  |  $69–75

Patty Griffin is a Grammy award-winning artist who has achieved great acclaim for her song writing as well as her powerful voice. Her first two albums, Living With Ghosts and Flaming Red are considered seminal albums in the singer-songwriter genre, while Children Running Through won Best Album and led to her being named Best Artist at the 2007 Americana Music Awards. She won a Grammy award for Downtown Church, her 2010 gospel album. Her songs have been covered by a myriad of artists, including Emmylou Harris, The Dixie Chicks, Joan Baez and Bette Midler. She was born in Old Town, Maine, and resides in Austin, Texas. So, Let’s get to know Patty Griffin…

What do you love about Australia?

Aren’t the Bee Gees from here?! I loved their music when I was a kid.

What inspires your songwriting?

The truth is, I know very little about songwriting, or music. It’s the mystery that keeps mystifying and that’s a good thing. My mum was a beautiful singer, and definitely my first music love.

Who should play you in the movie of your life?

Jackass is first cousin to Scrapper, so I have to watch it there. Not sure who should play me in a movie, but I would love an Australian – so many good actors! And Jane Campion could direct it. Love her.

What’s your greatest strength?

I’m not sure what my greatest strength is, but I am genetically a scrapper – on both sides of the family – so that might be useful information in answering that question.

What’s the meaning of life?

Compassion is king and queen of everything for me when it comes to humans and what we are doing here. Not the same as being nice. A good directive. A good way to go.

Widely regarded among the best singer-songwriters of her era, this year’s self-titled album, Patty collects songs written during, and in the aftermath of, profound personal crisis; several years in which she battled – and ultimately defeated – cancer.

Chronicling love and death, heartache and joy, connection and detachment, Patty Griffin continues with her uncanny perception, and ever-increasing ingenuity. A starkly beautiful live show, the return of this pillar of Americana is not to be missed.

‘Her voice is exquisite, and her writing remains as surprising as it is masterful. Blessed with a crystalline voice, the ability to find shadows and nuance in her lyrics and a spark that can ignite songs into brushfires of truth, Griffin stands as one of America’s foremost voices of the human condition.’ –Rolling Stone

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