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Patty Griffin on World Cafe | June 7, 2013

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It's a middle-age milestone, dealing with a parent's death. Singer-songwriter Patty Griffin turns the experience into powerful moments on her new album, American Kid. The album features songs inspired by everything from her dad exclaiming "Don't let me die in Florida!" to the gleam in her grandfather's eye on his own wedding day.

Since winning a Grammy for her gospel album Downtown Church, Griffin has been touring with Robert Plant in Band of Joy; the two have made their own home together in Austin, Texas. Griffin joined us to play four songs from American Kid, and to tell some stories about her father.(Link)

Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist


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Hour 1

James McMurty “Painting by Numbers” Too Long in the Wasteland
The Lone Bellow “Bleeding Out” The Lone Bellow
Counting Crows “A Murder of One” August and Everything After
Robert Plant & the Band of Joy “Angel Dance” Band of Joy
((Diana Jones "Ballad Of The Poor Child" Better Times Will Come))
Patty Griffin “Don’t Let Me Die in Florida” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Patty Griffin “Wild Old Dog” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Patty Griffin “Get Ready Marie” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Patty Griffin “Ohio” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Blind Pilot "The Story I Heard" 3 Rounds and a Sound))
Josh Ritter “Joy to You Baby” The Beast in its Tracks
Amy Lavere “Killing Him” Anchors and Anvils
((The Horse's Ha "Map Of Stars" Of The Cathmawr Yards))

Hour 2

Milk Carton Kids “Memphis” The Ash and Clay
The Shins “Simple Song” Port of Morrow
Indigo Girls “Gone Again” Come on Now Social
Allo Darlin’ “Tallulah” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Beach House "Myth" Bloom))
Mayer Hawthorne “Her Favorite Song” Where Does This Door Go?
Janelle Monae “Tightrope” The Archandroid 
Eleanor Friedberger “Stare at the Sun” Personal Record 
Beirut “Santa Fe” The Rip Tide
Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe “Because of her Beauty” The Bridge
((Chuck Prophet "You Did (Bomp Shooby Doobie Bomp)" Age Of Miracles))
The National “Don’t Swallow the Cap” Trouble Will Find Me
Wilco “Heavy Metal Drummer” Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
David Bowie “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)” The Next Day
David Bowie “Ziggy Stardust” The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars 
The XX “Chained” Coexist 
((Local Natives "Cubism Dream" Gorilla Manor))