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Editors’ Notes

While every Patty Griffin album features a variety of styles and approaches, it’s the stark, eerie ballads that never fail to entrance and hypnotize. Children Running Through is no exception. “Stay on the Ride,” “Getting Ready” and  “No Bad News” are the uptempo cowboy boot kickers and they’re tight and exciting, but the moments that truly draw attention are the great quiet spaces where Griffin’s voice is given full stage. The album’s opener “You’ll Remember” begins things with a cathedral-like echo, as a stand-up bass stalks her every move. “Trapeze,” a duet with Emmylou Harris, gently observes the dark human side that savors the failure of others: “one of these nights the old girl’s going down.” Her version of “Up to the Mountain (MLK song),” a track covered by Solomon Burke on his Nashville collection with Griffin providing back-ups, is included here and proves she’s got the gospel pipes to deliver. String arranger and conductor John Mark Palmer effectively shades these songs with touches of cello, violin and viola, creating a cinematic tension to Griffin’s quick portrait of a childhood busride to Bangor (“Burgundy Shoes”) and the self-motivating anthem “I Don’t Ever Give Up.”

Customer Reviews

A Bend in the Road

I have followed Patty from "Flaming Red" and have never turned back. She is one of the most exceptional talents on this earth.

I realize three stars is not the best rating. The sound of this record is just not what I yearn to hear. As usual Patty's voice makes you feel like your in a wonderful dream. For some reason, the music made me want to wake-up.

Great songwriter, beautiful voice

I can't remember where I first heard Patty Griffin, but it was one of those moments where I heard her voice and I had to stop and pay attention. Her songs and story telling remind me somewhat of Mary Chapin Carpenter, and her voice is so silky smooth that she could be the fourth member of the Wailin' Jenny's.


Born: March 16, 1964 in Old Town, ME

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

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

The youngest of seven children, Patty Griffin grew up hearing her mother sing while doing housework and her grandmother's family sing on the front porch at night. In addition to listening intently to the Beatles, Griffin was fascinated by the music of Bruce Springsteen and Rickie Lee Jones. Although she acquired a $50 guitar and began writing songs at the age of 16, Griffin gave little thought to a career as a musician. After living in Florida for nearly two years, she moved to Boston and married,...
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