Patty Griffin has been called one of the most consequential singer-songwriters of her generation, a quintessentially American artist whose wide-ranging canon incisively explores the intimate moments and universal emotions that bind us together. Over the course of two decades, the Grammy Award winner — and 7-time nominee — has crafted nine classic studio albums and two live collections. On Saturday, Nov. 9, this internationally-touring Maine native will perform at the Opera House in Boothbay Harbor, with special guest Rose Cousins.
The Austin, Texas-based singer and songwriter made an immediate impact with her 1996 debut, Living With Ghosts, and its 1998 follow-up, Flaming Red — both now considered seminal works of modern folk and Americana. Since then, Griffin’s diverse body of work spans such classic LPs as 2002’s Grammy nominated 1000 Kisses — later ranked #15 on Paste’s “The 50 Best Albums of the Decade (2000-2009),” — to 2007’s Children Running Through, honored by the Americana Music Association with two Americana Honors & Awards including “Artist of the Year” and “Album of the Year.” To date, Griffin has received seven total nominations from the Americana Music Association, affirming her as one of the far-reaching genre’s leading proponents.
2011’s Downtown Church, which blends traditional gospel favorites with Griffin’s own spiritually questioning material, debuted at #1 on both Billboard’s “Folk Albums” and “Christian Albums” charts before winning a Grammy in 2011 for “Best Traditional Gospel Album.”
Widely regarded among the best pure songwriters of this or any other era, Griffin has had her work performed by an epic assortment of her fellow artists, among them Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, Solomon Burke, The Dixie Chicks, Kelly Clarkson and Jeff Beck, Martina McBride, Miranda Lambert, Melissa Etheridge, and Susan Boyle.
Griffin has also been joined in the studio by a veritable who’s-who of contemporary Americana, including Harris, Buddy & Julie Miller, Shawn Colvin, Jim Lauderdale, Raul Malo, Ian McLagen, JD Foster, and many others. As if her own remarkable career weren’t enough, Griffin has found time to collaborate with a wide range of like-minded artists, among them Joshua Radin, Todd Snider, Dierks Bentley, Robert Plant, Jack Ingram, Gillian Welch, and David Rawlings.
Special guest Rose Cousins will open the evening. She is a native of Prince Edward Island, and lives in Halifax Nova Scotia. Cousins’ 2012 album “We Have Made A Spark” won a JUNO Award, 3 East Coast Music Awards, a Canadian Folk Music Award, was nominated for the Polaris Music Prize, and made picks/best of lists in USA Today, NPR Music and Oprah Magazine. Her music has found its way into several TV shows including “Grey’s Anatomy.”
Advance discounted tickets for this evening of genre-crossing music are on sale now at the Opera House box office at 86 Townsend Avenue or by calling 633-5159. Advance tickets are $35. Regular tickets are $40 and available online and on the day of the performance. Seating is general admission, with doors opening at 7 p.m. and the concert beginning at 7:30.