Patty Griffin Supports New Album with Tour Stop in Indy

IMG_6081I’ve been following Patty Griffin’s music since I first heard it in a small coffee shop in Toledo, Ohio in 1996.  Her first album, the beautifully rendered and completely stripped down acoustic Living With Ghosts, featured a collection of songs that were both moving and raw, highlighting Griffin’s unique voice and intimate songwriting skills.

On September 25, Griffin released Servant of Love, her ninth studio album, and first released on her own. To support Servant of Love, Griffin set out on a North American tour

After opening the tour at the eclectic, intimate Common Grounds in Waco, Texas on September 22, Griffin made her way to the mid-west to perform in Indianapolis at the Egyptian Room at Old National Center on the 26th. Working with a three-piece backing band, Griffin played mostly songs from her new album, but reached as far back as Burning Red to play a stripped-down, beautiful rendition of “Tony” revised for piano.

As a whole, the Indy show truly demonstrated that Griffin’s voice is more pronounced and refined than ever, and the songs she puts forth on Servant of Love demonstrate her growth both as a songwriter and human being over the past twenty years.

See images from the Indy show below, as well as her “Tiny Desk” NPR performance from 2013 below.