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Clubs & Concerts

Patty Griffin

When: Wed., June 2, 8 p.m. 2010

For more than a decade, Patty Griffin's sliding, bluesy voice has been cutting through folk-rock arrangements with lyrics of pain and comfort. Her intimate songs have been covered by the likes of the Dixie Chicks, Emmylou Harris, Martina McBride and Kelly Clarkson. On her latest release, however, the singer-songwriter skips the coffee shop for Sunday morning services, using Downtown Church to explore the diverse streams of gospel music. Uncharacteristically, the LP only includes two original songs from Griffin, resulting instead in tunes that range from jumping rockabilly to early soul ballads. It's a move that further establishes Griffin as a force in the roots music world and shows off her distinctive, gorgeous alto. Country music journeyman Buddy Miller produced the album and joins Griffin onstage. —Andrew Ritchey

Price: $15–$30

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