My first experience with this singer songwriter was a driveway moment.
I heard her singing, "Rain" and I knew I had to hear more.
I sat in my driveway once I got home, hoping the announcer would give me her name or at least the name of the song. No such luck. So I wrote down the word repeated in the refrain, hoping it would help me find the song and the artist with the haunting voice.
I found it on one of those file sharing programs. I downloaded, crossed my fingers, and felt a surge of giddiness when I realized I had found the song. And a new, unknown (to me) artist.
Her name is Patty Griffin and she occupies more memory bytes on my mp3 player than any other artist.
As I was searching for links for this post, I came across this bit of news. Patty Griffin and many other musicians will be aboard a "songwriter's cruise" that leaves Miami and heads for the Virgin Islands in early 2009. Check out the lineup. Anyone heard of, or better yet, been on one? I don't know much about it except that my neighbor has gone to one for Texas songwriters. I'll have to ask her more about it. But it sounds like my dream cruise.
Here's what the website says:
Get away from your everyday life on this Journey Through Song, which will explore folk, blues, Americana, and the best singer-songwriters around. Join Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt, Patty Griffin, Shawn Colvin, Buddy Miller and more artists ... as we set sail from Miami... We'll be making stops in Samana, St. Thomas, Tortola, and Great Stirrup Cay, a private island where you can relax on pristine beaches and swim in clear blue water.
And for those of you in California, she's touring there now:
Santa Barbara, CA
Solana Beach, CA
Camp Mather, CA