Nanci Griffith, a Grammy-winning folk singer-songwriter from Texas known for literary songs like “Love at the Five and Dime,” has died. She was 68 years old at the time. Griffith died on Friday, according to her management business, Gold Mountain Entertainment, but no cause of death was given.
In a statement, Gold Mountain Entertainment claimed that it was Nanci’s intention that no further formal statements or press releases be made for a week following her death.
Griffith collaborated with other folk singers, assisting performers such as Lyle Lovett and Emmylou Harris in their early years. She sang about Dust Bowl farmers and vacant Woolworth general stores with a high-pitched voice and a twangy Texas accent.
Griffith And Her Music
Griffith was also recognised for her recording of ‘From a Distance,’ which became a popular Bette Midler song. Griffith’s debut major-label single, ‘Lone Star State of Mind,’ was released in 1987.
Her album Other Voices, Other Rooms, which was released in 1993, won a Grammy for best contemporary folk album. The CD, which is named after a Truman Capote novel, includes Griffith singing traditional folk tunes with Harris, John Prine, Arlo Guthrie, and Guy Clark. Griffith received the Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Trailblazer Award in 2008.
Suzy Bogguss, a country artist who scored a Top 10 success with Griffith’s song “Outbound Plane,” paid tribute to her friend on Instagram.
“I consider myself fortunate to have many memories of our time together, as well as nearly everything she ever recorded. Bogguss wrote, “I’m going to spend the day revelling in the articulate superb legacy she’s left us.”
Griffith developed a high fanbase in Ireland and Northern Ireland, where she often toured.