Nanci Griffith passes away at age 68

No cause of death has been revealed

GRAMMY-winning folk singer-songwriter Nanci Griffith has passed away at age 68. The Washington Post was the first to make the announcement that was provided by her management.

“It was Nanci’s wish that no further formal statement or press release happen for a week following her passing,” Gold Mountain Entertainment says.

Griffith was instrumental in helping the early careers of Lyle Lovett and Emmylou Harris. Throughout her four decade career, she teamed with a slew of artists including Willie Nelson, Darius Rucker and others.

She won a GRAMMY for her Other Voices, Other Rooms album in 1994 and 1995.

“Nanci Griffith was a master songwriter who took every opportunity to champion kindred spirits, including Vince Bell, Elizabeth Cook, Iris DeMent, Julie Gold, Robert Earl Keen, Lyle Lovett, Eric Taylor and Townes Van Zandt,” states Kyle Young, CEO, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. “Her voice was a clarion call, at once gentle and insistent. Her brilliant album The Last of the True Believers is a template for what is now called Americana music, and her Grammy-winning Other Voices, Other Rooms is a compelling guide to 20th-century folk songs. Nanci offered gifts that no one else could give.”

Suzy Bogguss, who had a big country hit with Griffith’s “Outbound Plane” in the 90’s, shared her admiration for the folk singer on Instagram.

“My heart is aching?A beautiful soul that I love has left this earth. I feel blessed to have many memories of our times together along with most everything she ever recorded. I’m going to spend the day reveling in the articulate masterful legacy she’s left us?Rest my dear friend Nanci Griffith?”

Don McLean expresses his condolences as he shares two duets on YouTube.

“Nanci was a lovely person. I worked with her on a TV special we did for PBS TV and on that show, we sang two duets. They were “And I Love You So” and “Raining in My Heart”. I never heard anyone sing harmony in a more beautiful way. We should have done an album together. At this taping in Austin, Texas she brought her father to see it. I really loved her spirit it was warm and loving and I’m really sorry to hear she has gone,” McLean states.

We’ll have more details as they become available.

Buddy Iahn
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