20 Facts About Nanci Griffith

1.

Nanci Caroline Griffith was an American singer, guitarist, and songwriter.

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2.

Nanci Griffith appeared many times on the PBS music program Austin City Limits starting in 1985.

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3.

Nanci Griffith recorded duets with many artists, among them Emmylou Harris, Mary Black, John Prine, Don McLean, Jimmy Buffett, Dolores Keane, Willie Nelson, Adam Duritz, the Chieftains, John Stewart; and Darius Rucker.

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4.

Nanci Griffith had a backing band which she referred to as the Blue Moon Orchestra.

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5.

Nanci Griffith, the youngest of three siblings, was born in Seguin, Texas, but raised in Austin, the place her family moved to shortly after her birth.

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6.

Nanci Griffith began her career as a singer performing in a local coffeehouse, aged 12.

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7.

Nanci Griffith's father took her to see Townes Van Zandt as a teenager.

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8.

In 1994, Nanci Griffith teamed up with Jimmy Webb to contribute the song "If These Old Walls Could Speak" to the AIDS benefit album Red Hot + Country produced by the Red Hot Organization.

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9.

Nanci Griffith was a survivor of breast cancer which was diagnosed in 1996, and thyroid cancer in 1998.

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10.

Nanci Griffith toured with various other artists, including Buddy Holly's band, the Crickets; John Prine; Iris DeMent; Suzy Bogguss; and Judy Collins.

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11.

Nanci Griffith recorded duets with many artists, among them Emmylou Harris, Mary Black, John Prine, Don McLean, Jimmy Buffett, Dolores Keane, Willie Nelson, Adam Duritz, the Chieftains, musician John Stewart; and Darius Rucker.

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12.

Nanci Griffith suffered from severe writer's block after 2004, lasting until the 2009 release of her The Loving Kind album, which contained nine selections that she had written and composed either entirely by herself or as collaborations.

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13.

Nanci Griffith won the 1994 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album for Other Voices, Other Rooms.

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14.

Nanci Griffith was inducted into Austin Music Hall of Fame in 1995.

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15.

Nanci Griffith was awarded the Kate Wolf Memorial Award by the World Folk Music Association in 1995.

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16.

In 2010, Nanci Griffith received a Lifetime Achievement Award at BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

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17.

Nanci Griffith was inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters Association's Hall of Fame in February 2022 at the Paramount Theatre in Austin.

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18.

Nanci Griffith referred to her backing band as the Blue Moon Orchestra.

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19.

Nanci Griffith was married to singer-songwriter Eric Taylor from 1976 to 1982.

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20.

Nanci Griffith died in Nashville on August 13,2021, at the age of 68.

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