Patty Griffin Takes ‘American Kid’ On Tour
Singer-songwriter Patty Griffin has just announced a series of fall tour dates in support of her latest album and first project with New West Records, American Kid, originally released on May 7th of this year.
The 12-track album features performances from Led Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant on “Ohio” and “Faithful Son.” She commented on her reasons for enlisting his help (as though she needs to explain?)
“He’s one of those rare voices. What I’ve gotten out of singing with him is even more immense than I can perceive.”
The album is also her most personal, and she told Country Weekly that it was her own method of dealing with the passing of her father:
“It’s how I process my world. I would write about what was going on in my life, and that’s what was going on. So in that way it wasn’t really hard, just I think what was going on is life. And it’s as hard as life is [or] can be at times.”
She adds, “I just wrote about it, while I was going through it, while he was getting ready to go, so I was getting ready to let him go.”
As well as material from American Kid, Griffin is also expected to perform material from her upcoming super-secret spy album, Silver Bell. Though originally recorded in 2000, some label switching meant the album was originally shelved, which seems to make very little sense, but that could just be me. Silver Bell is due for release on October 8th of this year.
The two-week tour is expected to kick off on October 10th in the singer’s hometown of Austin, Texas and will see her play shows in Memphis, Atlanta, Nashville and New Orleans, among others, before wrapping up in Dallas on the 26th.