Patty Griffin Announces 2014 College Market Tour



Patty Griffin
Patty Griffin

Patty Griffin has confirmed tour dates for January and February 2014. Beginning in Denton, Texas on January 23rd, the dates go through February 8th, where she’ll perform in Fort Worth, Texas. All of the dates will be in college towns and all tickets will cost $20 or less. The full list of dates is below. This next leg of touring is still in support of her highly acclaimed, recently released records:American Kid (New West) and the long lost album, Silver Bell (Universal).

American Kid (New West), co-produced by Griffin and Craig Ross, is her seventh and first for New West. It is her first album of mainly new material since the acclaimed Children Running Through in 2007. In between then and now, she made the Grammy Award-winning Downtown Church in 2010 and became a member of Band of Joy alongside Robert Plant.

The record received stellar reviews. The New York Times said, “Elements of her father’s life story float through the lyrics, but they lead to broader sorrows and mysteries,” while Rolling Stonehailed, “her writing remains as surprising as it is masterful.” The NPR music staff voted the record one of the best albums of the year so far saying, “American Kid taps into gospel, country, the Irish waltz and torch song. But Griffin centers everything on her gift for uplift and her equally powerful emotional clarity.”

The sought-after Silver Bell was recorded in the year 2000 and never came out due to her first label A&M’s turn-of-the-century ownership change. Despite its 13 years of limbo, the record spawned two huge hits for the Dixie Chicks, who covered both “Top Of The World” and “Truth #2” for their six-million-selling 2002 Home album.  In addition, the band’s Natalie Maines recorded Silver Bell‘s title track for her recent solo debut, Mother. The record features 14 original songs recorded at Daniel Lanois’ Kingsway Studio in New Orleans.

Anais Mitchell will open for Griffin on the tour. Mitchell released the acclaimed Child Balladsalbum in early 2013. The Independent (UK) proclaimed Mitchell “the most engaging, and in some ways, most original artist currently working in the field of new American ‘folk’ music,” whilePitchfork said “Mitchell is a skilled storyteller…her delivery gives an emotional complexity that welcomes and even demands repeated listens.”

The complete list of tour dates is below:

1/23 – Denton, TX – Dan’s Silverleaf

1/24 – Oklahoma City, OK – The Blue Door

1/25 – Lawrence, KS – The Bottleneck

1/26 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room

1/28 – Iowa City, IA – Engler Theater

1/29 – Madison, WI – High Noon

1/30 – Milwaukee, WI – Shank Hall

1/31 – Chicago, IL – The Metro

2/1 – Ann Arbor, MI – Ann Arbor Folk Festival

2/4 – Bloomington, IN – Buskirk-Chumley Theater

2/5 – Urbana, IL – The Canopy Club

2/6 – Columbia, MO – The Blue Note

2/7 – Fayetteville, AR – George’s Majestic

2/8 – Fort Worth, TX – The Live Oak