Grammy-award winning folk artist Patty Griffin has announced a 14-show tour for spring 2014 in support of her latest album, American Kid. The first single from this album is “Ohio,” a duet with her collaborator, partner, and Led Zepplin legend Robert Plant. In addition to that release, Griffin is celebrating the distribution of her “lost” album Silver Bell. Recorded back in 2000, but held hostage thanks to record label politics, Silver Bell features two songs that were actually covered by the Dixie Chicks in 2002 before the release of the original. Now Griffin can sing and distribute the album herself, and fans will be able to catch this college town tour for less than $20 per ticket.
Besides her own successful records, Patty Griffin is an acclaimed songwriter. Aside from the aforementioned Dixie Chicks covers of her work, Griffin has also authored songs recorded by singers including Linda Ronstadt, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Jessica Simpson, The Wreckers, and Miranda Lambert. In addition to many of these country hits, Griffin has made an impact on the pop chart with songs like “Up to the Mountain (MLK Song)” which was performed by Kelly Clarkson during her run on American Idol. Midwestern college town folk are in luck to be starting the new year with an American folk legend coming through town; the added bonus that she’s armed with two new albums’ worth of material on top of her already stellar discography means the shows are overflowing with possibility.