Adding a strong literary streak to the dusty Texas songwriter tradition helped make Nanci Griffith stand apart from the usual sagebrush tunesmiths of the Lone Star variety. Juggling folk, country, Southern Gothic angst, and cowboy melodrama of The Last Picture Show ilk, Griffith wrote a succession of early songs that rate as all-time classics of the genre, including "Love at the Five and Dime," "There's a Light Beyond These Woods," "The Last of the True Believers," and "Ford Econoline." Over the years Griffith's focus has shifted from internal emotional landscapes and personal evolutionary journeys to the world at large. In fact, her most recent album, 2009's The Loving Kind, is dominated by social and political issues like the death penalty and interracial marriage.
Sat., June 25, 7:30 p.m., 2011