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Nanci Griffith - With Gratitude and Respect From The Splendid Bohemians- "Put On A Stack of 45's" Presents A Special Tribute Featuring "Sound Of The Speed Of Loneliness"- Sleep Well Nanci

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“NANCI GRIFFITH- ANOTHER VACANCY ON THE BOULEVARD OF HEAVENLY DREAMS”- RICH BUCKLAND’S EPIPHANY NOTEBOOK- Folk and Country Angel Nanci Griffith boarded The Mystery Train on August 13 at the age of 68 . Her profound gift cannot be defined with any typical ease. Her appearance on The Letterman show with Guy Clark, Jerry Jeff Walker, Steve Earle, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Rodney Crowell and ex husband Eric Taylor performing “Desperados Waiting For A Train” was a signature moment, Nanci inhabited a remarkable capacity to perform duets in legendary male company and never once appeared secondary in sound nor sight. Her presence was pure bliss and illuminated the grace in her delicate, romantic tone. She described her songwriting and vocal prowess as “Folkabilly” and songs such as “Love At The Five and Dime” and “Listen To The Radio” calculate this definition perfectly. Nanci retired in 2013. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1995. She had surgery and underwent six weeks of radiation treatment, and the cancer retreated. A year later “The cancer was in my thyroid,” she says. She spent two months undergoing successful oral radioactive-iodine treatments. Her disease was also being incited by longtime depression and insensitive reviews of her work. As a result she wrote a letter to The Texas Monthly in 1999 which stated in part: ““There has always been a certain amount of pathos within artists who leave their sacred bountiful homes of birth for the benefit of preserving their own belief in their art—especially in cases such as my own where my native soil that I have so championed around this globe has done its best to choke whatever dignity I carried within me.” And now we arrive at a farewell that in the words of John Prine seems to have traveled at The Sound Of The Speed Of Loneliness. I suggest that a great deal will be imparted regarding the life of Nanci Griffith in years to come. She was a pioneer, protester, poet and an artist whose contribution is indelibly etched in musical culture. May Nanci forever rest in the same eternal beauty she gifted us with.


By Rich Buckland 08/16/2021 12:49 PM

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