Across the Great Divide: Nanci Griffith

This is from my favorite of her albums, Other Voices, Other Rooms. That’s Emmylou singing with Nanci.

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16 Comments on “Across the Great Divide: Nanci Griffith”

  1. Hedley Says:

    Kat, I am totally with you on this one…love Nanci and this is my fav “album”. I LOVE (for future reference) her version of Ralph McTell’s “From Claire to here”

    Nanci and Emmlyou were in Ann Arbor over the weekend for the Folk Festival. There is probably a restaining order not allowing me within 200 yards of the two of them (ok, so I am a bit smitten)..lovely choice today. Thank you

    • Kat Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      Your future reference clue has been filed away for a bit. I too love her version of the song.

      I think I have worn out this album. It’s on my desert island list.

      I knew you were an Emmylou stalker but didn’t realize Nanci is in the mix. I have seen her three times, twice by myself as I don’t know any other Nanci fans among my friends. Fools!

      • Hedley Says:

        Seen Nanci a couple of times and it was very uneven., but I will agree that the Blue Roses tour was terrific. Who wouldnt want to sing along with Nanci doing “battlefield” ? Nanci is about a 7/10 on the stalker while Emmylou rates a modest 12/10

  2. Jay Bird Says:

    A Kate Wolf song! I first heard Nanci on Dick Cerri’s legendary “Music Americana” radio show in DC, c.1983. Dick broke “Working in Corners” off her early “Poet in the Corner” album. Sometimes too country for my folky tastes, but still a fantastic singer-songwriter. My collection of Nanci in my iTunes library is only exceeded by PP&M and the Beatles!

    • Kat Says:

      Jay Bird,
      It is a great Kate Wolf song.

      Sometimes Nanci does get a little too country for me as well. It was this album which drew me to her as it won the Grammy for best folk album.

      I’m with you on PP&M!

  3. Lori Kossowsky Says:

    Thanks for letting me know it was a Kate Wolf song, and thanks for introducing me to Nancy.

    • Kat Says:

      I love when I introduce you to a new singer. Did I mention I’ve seen Nanci three times?

      • Lori Kossowsky Says:

        Ohhhhhh, how wonderful. Nope, I don’t think you did. Kate is from my part of the universe, but by the time I knew about her, she was in the hospital battling cancer.

  4. john Says:

    If I had to pick, I’d say Night Rider’s Lament is my favorite song from this perfect album.
    We played “Turn Around” for our Father-Daughter dance at Erin’s wedding.
    One of the artists I’ve wanted to but never have seen. But, it seems Nanci’s no longer the Nanci we knew.

    • Kat Says:

      I listened to Night Rider’s Lament again after I read this. I knew right away why you chose it.

      I wonder if her having canver had an effect on her music. I can’t see how it wouldn’t.

  5. Mark Says:


    Maybe heresy, but I much prefer:

    The Kennedy’s (especially that unsurpassed guitar solo by Pete) vocal & guitar backing add a lot to the song.

    Even though I am a big fan of Emmylou, I think her duet on this pales in comparison with the Kennedys.


    • Kat Says:

      Never heresy here to express your opinion. I find The Kennedy’s a bit more subtle than Emmylou-not a criticism, just an observation.

      You are right, though, that they do this well and complement Nanci.

      Love the guitar solo!!!!

      I do love this song!

  6. Hedley Says:

    And across the great divide went Navy Seals Team 6, the President of the United States made another difficult decision and chose not to mention it in the State of the Union Address.

    President Obama’s political views may not suit everyone but we have a leader of exceptional qualities and integrity.

    (and I am not a democrat)

    • Kat Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      President Obama started out behind, a legacy handed to him. There are sparks of life appearing in the economy but people expect change at the waving of a wand, and, if not getting it, are quick to change leaders.

      Like you I find him a man of integrity and I add intelligence.

      • Hedley Says:

        I will not forget that the President stood with Detroit in its darkest hour. He could have decimated the city and State but chose to help GM and Chrysler. Today our community is showing signs of revival and the autos are reestablished.
        Oh…and he likes Al Green AND can sing.

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