Patty Griffin: Live From the Artists Den
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A special moment occurs when Ms. Griffin, alone on the stage, starts strumming the opening for "No Bad News", while her band hastily rushes onto the stage to become a lively rhythm section grouped to one side of her as she sings and plays along. Another is the interplay between the electric guitar of the talented Doug Lancio and Ms. Griffin's vocals during the gospel sounds of "Love Throw a Line". And then there's an awesome cover of Sam Cook's "Get Yourself Another Fool", something you're not going to get from any of her albums.Read more ›
This live performance captures that confidence and, consequently, the wit in her music. My only serious quibble is: this show does not come close to matching the range of songs and the performances of her backing band from the tour featuring this same material and band. She has one of the seminal keyboard players, Ian McLagan, playing with her and her guitarist had a great sense of the appropriate sound for her songs. But she does not let either of those performers show their chops (sorry about the cliche) as she did during her touring show. As a result the show on this dvd never really opens up. It is a nice souvenir for those who already love Patty, but it does not offer those less familiar meaningful insight as to what she is capable of.
Many of Patty's songs serve other performers well. The Dixie Chicks did great work with "Top of the World" and "Truth No. 2" (the second song was part of the unreleased Silver Bells album; here's hoping Patty finally releases it.) But the vulnerability and fragility that Patty brings to "Top of the World" is cathartic.
I hope she puts out a dvd with a longer show and better use of her backing band. But for now, this is a fine presentation of one of the top singer/songwriters around.
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Patty does a better job singing and playing instruments with Robert Plants Band of Joy.Published 21 days ago by Chris Y.
Patty Griffin is a rare musical voice for our times. Flaming Red is my favorite of all time but love all the transitions she goes through. Highly recommend !!Published 1 month ago by K. Noonan
I had heard before I bought it and now I have it, it has not disappointed. It is my favourite play right now. Good job!Published on June 17, 2014 by Janice Lorback
Ms. Griffin has a beautiful voice. If I can't see her in person, the DVD is the next best thing! Amazon is the Go-To-Place for all music DVD's.Published on July 14, 2013 by T M Gray
Classic Patty......cool video.....added hot guitar riffs.... you should get this one and see her live! Well worth the money you'll find.Published on December 25, 2012 by Martin in the Big D
If you like Patty Griffin, You will LOVE this DVD!
I have watched it several times and turned several friends on to her. All have enjoyed her soulful music.