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Album Review

Lone Star State of Mind was Nanci Griffith's commercial breakthrough, largely because it was her first step directly toward mainstream contemporary country. Instead of diluting her introspective folk songs, the full-fledged production actually enhances her music, as the steel guitars and dobros add body to her songs. Griffith responds in kind, delivering the most textured and nuanced vocal performance of her career, as evidenced by her version of "From A Distance." Of course, her songwriting is as good as it ever was; "Ford Econoline," "Sing One for Sister," "Beacon Street" and a revamped version of "Mary Margaret" called "There's A Light Beyond These Woods," are all terrific, ranking among her best songs. Lone Star State of Mind is one of the rare commercial moves that actually improves and artist's music instead of compromising it.

Customer Reviews

One of the Best Country Songwriters Around

Nanci Griffith is probably the best Country & Western artist you've never heard of. But to say she's purely a country singer/songwriter doesn't do her justice, because her poignant lyrics defy genres. This is my favorite of her albums with every song a gem. Her twangy voice captures the irony that Bette Midler missed in Griffith's From A Distance. Ford Econoline is a pure country classic that celebrates female independence and that recalls the best of Loretta Lynn. Griffith brings her bluegrass roots to every song. Griffith's depth and soul are a rare find in contemporary country music.

Love this album

I had this on cassette years ago...played the heck out of it, then replaced it with a cd and now it is on my ipod. There is not a song on it I can't sing from memory. Have a couple more of her albums, but this is my favorite.

Great Album

this is a Nanci Griffith essential, a great all around album


Born: July 6, 1953 in Seguin, TX

Genre: Country

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Straddling the fine line between folk and country music, Nanci Griffith has become as well-known for her brilliant, confessional songwriting as her beautiful voice. A self-styled "folkabilly" singer, Griffith began as a kindergarten teacher and occasional folksinger. The country scene took her to heart in the mid-'80s, giving her a reputation as a quality songwriter through hit covers of Griffith's songs by Kathy Mattea and Suzy Bogguss. Finding no luck with commercial country radio however, Griffith...
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