Celebrating this week’s release of Silver Bell (a shelved, “lost” record recorded in 2000), Patty Griffin brought beloved songs new and old to her hometown of Austin.
She opened the show with “Truth #2”, a fan favorite recorded by the Dixie Chicks (the Chicks also recorded “Top of the World” for their Home record) and “Ohio” from American Kid. This early inclusion helped to answer a question heard frequently in the audience about the possible appearance of Robert Plant and in effect announced that this would indeed be a solo show.
Though the new releases gathered the most play, the set list spanned almost every release with the exception of her debut, Living With Ghosts. “No Bad News” from Children Running Through rocked alongside the eerie “Little God” penned about a “creepy guy in the music industry” before Patty turned up the gospel with “Strange Man” from Downtown Church. Earlier in the evening a sparse version of “Death’s Got A Warrant” sent chills through the crowd.
“Chief,” the song from 1000 Kisses about a Native American man from her hometown in Maine and the rowdy “Get Ready Marie” written from a photo of her grandparents both turned into sing-a-longs and the sultry, slowed down intro to “Flaming Red” exploded into the frantic style of the album cut.
With talented bandmates David Pulkingham, Craig Ross and John Deaderick, Patty closed out a wonderful show with the “gypsy-style” “Mil Besos” before “Coming Home To Me” and “Silver Bell” as encores.
Photos by Nichole Wagner
Death’s Got A Warrant
Please Don’t Let Me Die In Florida
Wild Old Dog
Top Of The World
No Bad News
Get Ready Marie
Go Wherever You Want To Go
Coming Home To Me