02.12.2011

FROM THE VAULT: Nanci Griffith – Lone Star State Of Mind

Nanci Griffith Lone Star State of Mind

Digging around in WOBC’s vault of folk vinyl for my country show last summer, I came across a compilation called Country and Eastern. I didn’t think I would like it because the part of country that is western and not eastern is what usually appeals to me. But on that record is a track by Nanci Griffith (“I Wish It Would Rain”) that got me thinking beyond the parameters of raspy old man country music.

It turns out that we’ve got a whole lot of Nanci Griffith in the vault here, including her 1986 album Lone Star State of Mind. The record does well what country music does best: songs about really sad things that don’t make you sad, and songs about getting out of town. My favorite is “Ford Econoline,” because I love songs about ladies pursuing happiness by taking to the open road, and “Cold Hearts/Closed Minds” is a really sweet contribution to the I’m-gonna-leave-you-in-the-morning classification of sad songs. -Stella

– Side One –
Lone Star State Of Mind
Cold Hearts / Closed Minds
From A Distance
Beacon Street
Nickel Dreams
Sing One For Sister

– Side Two –
Ford Econoline
Trouble In The Fields
Love In A Memory
Let It Shine On Me
There’s A Light Beyond These Woods (Mary Margaret)

2 comments to FROM THE VAULT: Nanci Griffith – Lone Star State Of Mind

  • Susan Freeman

    Hi Stella,
    Yes, I just listened to the Nancy Griffith and they are great. Fun to hear them and fun to read your note about them.
    So fun to see you in December. or was it Jan????
    Susan

  • Stella

    Thanks Susan!

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