Texas country-folk troubadour Nanci Griffith is back for a tripleheader at the Dakota after being forced to cancel her local dates last fall due to slow recovery from hand surgery. Presumably restored to picking health, Griffith, it is hoped, will not be referring to her hands when she laces into "Hell No, I'm Not Alright," the surprisingly peevish anthem that sets the tone on her snarky recent album, Intersection. In contrast to her earlier, often wistful, Lone Star gothic work (like "Love at the Five and Dime"), Griffith's last two albums have more often focused on topical issues with a far sharper, even bitter edge, her singing and music more sinewy than ever. Most of her recent songs weave together personal angst and social commentary, tackling racism, the death penalty, venal politicians, economic hardship. But she still ends Intersection on a high note: a bluegrass romp through Loretta Lynn's "High on a Mountain Top." Opening and backing Griffith will be the Kennedys — Pete and Maura — who met long ago while playing with Griffith and have become prolific artists in their own right.
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