Patty Griffin

Patty Griffin photo by Michael Wilson

46th Ann Arbor Folk Festival
Saturday, January 2
at Hill Auditorium

Benefactor, Platinum, Gold Circle Pre-Sale: Nov 28
Member Pre-Sale: Dec 7–Dec 8
Public Sale: Dec 9


Widely regarded among the best pure songwriters of our era, Patty Griffin started out as a Maine native and a Boston coffeehouse sensation. She headed south to Austin, and her work combines Southern roots sounds and Northeastern poetry. Her elegant lyrics, bluesy alto vocals, and melodic guitar style aim directly at the deepest emotions of her listeners, and top artists on the country and acoustic side—like Emmylou Harris and even Kelly Clarkson—keep close tabs on what she’s up to. Emmylou says, “I would go anywhere, any time, to hear Patty Griffin sing her extraordinary songs.” Patty can rock a bit; she can sing straight gospel (and win a Best Traditional Gospel Grammy for it); she can do the sparest and most minimal kind of folk singer-songwriter performance. But what really distinguishes Patty Griffin is a body of deeply poetic songs, personal in unexpected ways. Her power lies in how, in the words of writer Holly Gleason, “her songs seem to freeze life and truth in amber.” Patty comes to Michigan with a new album, “Tape,” a collection of home recordings and unreleaesed demos that Americana Highways calls “a rare glimpse behind the curtain at an artist of consequential importance creating.”