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listen  1. House Of GoldPatty Griffin 2:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Move Up (Feat. Ann McCrary, Regina McCrary, Jim Lauderdale, And Buddy Miller)Patty Griffin Featuring Ann McCrary, Regina McCrary, Jim Lauderdale, And Buddy Miller 2:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Little Fire (Feat. Emmylou Harris)Patty Griffin Featuring Emmylou Harris 4:07$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Death's Got A Warrant (Feat. Regina McCrary And Ann McCrary)Patty Griffin Featuring Regina McCrary And Ann McCrary 1:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. If I Had My Way (Feat. Regina McCrary And Ann McCrary)Patty Griffin Featuring Regina McCrary And Ann McCrary 3:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Coming Home To Me (Feat. Julie Miller)Patty Griffin Featuring Julie Miller 3:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Wade In The Water (Feat. Regina McCrary And Mike Farris)Patty Griffin Featuring Regina McCrary And Mike Farris 3:07$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Never Grow Old (Feat. Buddy Miller)Patty Griffin Featuring Buddy Miller 3:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Virgen De Guadalupe (Feat. Raul Malo)Patty Griffin Featuring Raul Malo 3:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. I Smell A RatPatty Griffin 2:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Waiting For My ChildPatty Griffin 4:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. The Strange Man (Feat. Regina McCrary And Mike Farris)Patty Griffin Featuring Regina McCrary And Mike Farris 3:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. We Shall All Be ReunitedPatty Griffin 4:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. All Creatures Of Our God And KingPatty Griffin 4:16$1.29  Buy MP3 

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New West Records is proud to announce that Patty Griffin will release her new album, American Kid, on May 7. The album, 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 ... Read more in Amazon's Patty Griffin Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 26, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Credential Rec.
  • ASIN: B00307Q90A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,570 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2010 release from the acclaimed singer/songwriter. Downtown Church is a collection of Gospel-infused songs produced by longtime friend, bandmate and acclaimed producer Buddy Miller at the Downtown Presbyterian Church in Nashville, TN. Downtown Church brings to life Gospel songs that have influenced contemporary music in a way that only Patty Griffin can do. Hailed as one of Americana and Folk music's most esteemed artists, Patty Griffin has sold over a million records and was awarded with the Americana Music Association's highest honor as Artist Of The Year in 2007. Griffin has received multiple Grammy nominations and has toured the country relentlessly, creating avid followers wherever her music is heard. She is a natural songbird that can hush an audience with her performances, but Griffin's power is in her passionate storytelling with a voice that is mournful yet uplifting.

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And this particular album is one of my favorites.
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There is a strength and tone to her voice that fits so well with the gospel and soul pieces on this wonderful album.
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I have been playing this CD in my car ever since receiving it.
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102 of 105 people found the following review helpful By D. B. Hutchens on January 26, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I, like lots of others, was a little worried when I heard that Patty Griffin's newest effort was a gospel/spirituals recording. For me, the concern wasn't so much that I dislike the genre, but that I couldn't bear a Patty Griffin album full of someone else's lyrics. Patty is one of our great poets, and the world needs the gift of her words -- weary, wise, and every now and then containing a glimmer of hope and light.

As it turns out, this genre has plenty of that, and Patty Griffin seems right at home on the stage of that downtown Nashville house of worship. "People steal / they cheat and lie..." So begins the record, and over the course of 14 tracks Patty Griffin struggles between light and dark that lives inside us. It's epic, and very, very beautiful.

I know a lot of folks aren't fans of "gospel," but the good news is that this record really has more of an "O Brother" arthouse feel that will play nicely in the kitchen when friends are over.

Check out "Death's Got a Warrant." It's a capella except for the thudding percussion that sounds like God stomping across the floor as he comes after you.

The first time I heard the final track, "All Creatures of our God and King," I had to stop what I was doing. It is so pure and lovely, it almost feels... well, sacred.

The revelation on here is Patty's voice. Honestly, I don't think she has ever sounded this good. "I Smell a Rat" is a showstopper, and man is she is spitting nails. I didn't know she had it in her.

I'm ready to place "Downtown Church" near the top of her brilliant catalog. Like the rest of her work, it is full of sadness and a weary awareness of the darkness around us. But this time she's carrying a fire and although there are never guarantees, a little bit of light just might break through.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Colin Spence on January 26, 2010
Format: Audio CD
With 'Downtown Church', Patty Griffin presents the listener with a selection of gospel/religious songs including several traditional numbers. I think she has one of the most expressive and soulful voices to be heard in popular music today; compared with earlier albums, her vocals have mellowed a little, but she hasn't lost any of her distinctive emotional and soulful edge - it's still there simmering away. 'Downtown Church' was mostly recorded in Nashville's Downtown Presbyterian Church with Patty singing from the pulpit; she is joined by a number of other artists, some of whom have accompanied her on recent tours (see sample playlist).

I don't think the album quite re-captures the stridency and raw emotion of 'Living With Ghosts' and, with only 2 self-penned songs, it's not an album which showcases her skill as song-writer. However, I feel it represents a significant departure from 'Children Running Through' which, in my opinion, was an album of music produced and performed with a wider and more mainstream audience in mind. By comparison, 'Downchurch Church' has a definite organic feel to it - noticeably more so when compared with the soulful 'gospel-pop' of 'Up to the Mountain' or even the cathartic 'Standing' from 'Impossible Dream'.

Instrumental accompaniment is semi-acoustic with keyboards and electric guitars (but they are never intrusive), and the drums/percussion (on some songs) give the album a little more rhythmic impetus than most of her others. The songs are mainly slow to medium tempo, but there are a few up-tempo ones also; some comments about my favourite songs :

HOUSE OF GOLD (Hank Williams) - A haunting rendition of this country-gospel classic with lyrics which define its apocalyptic mood.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By F Arnold on January 28, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I reviewed this on the UK site when I had just heard it streamed live. Now I have had the album for a few days and it is possibly even better than I had thought. An album built very much around gospel songs, it has enough of Patty's 'typical' sound not to put off those who do not take to gospel.There are wonderful backing singers on this album, from Emmylou Harris to Raul Malo to Regina McCrary, there are exquisite instrumental touches from a superb selection of players led by Buddy Miller (who persuaded Patty to record this album in the Downtown Presbyterian Church in Nashville, giving it an authentic feel) and above it all soars Patty's voice, the best in modern popular music. This is the only artist whose I can put on repeat time after time after time. Difficult to say why her and not others, but her voice, her story songs, her empathetic backing are all absolutely timeless. For real gospel inspiration, listen to Move Up or If I Had My Way, For rocking rockabilly try I Smell A Rat. For a different take on a jazzy classic, listen to Wade In The Water and for 'typical' Patty listen to the beautiful Coming Home To Me or Never Grow Old. And to round it off there is an outstanding version of the old spiritual We Shall All Be Reunited and a charming straight rendition of the classic hymn All Creatures Of Our God And King, with just John Deadrick on acoustic piano. This is the album of the year so far, and if I hear a better one all year, I shall be delighted but very surprised. Essential listening and an even more essential purchase. Brilliant beyond words.
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