Patty Griffin announced the release of her new album, Servant Of Love, out in Europe on September 11 and the US (and the rest of the world) on September 25. The album is the Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter’s tenth album, and her first to be released on her new self-owned imprint in conjunction with Thirty Tigers. It marks the third time she has collaborated with producer Craig Ross.
In Servant of Love, Patty Griffin digs deep into folk and roots tradition with its grounding in the experience and rhythms of the everyday, but she also writes in the vein of another tradition, less often mined: the transcendentalism of writers like Emerson and Whitman. Grounding itself in the natural world and finding patterns there which speak both to human experience and to the call of the spirit, Griffin’s new album weaves an elemental spell out of the stuff of life.
Griffin suggests that there are twin mysteries at work: the Love that underpins all our human movements-our passions, our desires, our mistakes, our neuroses; and the symmetry in nature that we don’t understand, yet shows up repeatedly, as in the mathematical structure of a seashell or a sunflower. In the vernacular of folk tales, blues cants, and jazz exploration, Servant of Love creates of these seemingly disparate notions a larger narrative of the human place in nature, in society, and in time. Griffin brings her genius for character-driven storytelling to bear on this overarching narrative of mystery. The same transmigrated soul seems to inhabit the characters in these songs, all different, yet all speaking from the same source: the storyteller herself, of course, but also, the album suggests, a greater source, a mysterious source.
Griffin also announces the first leg of her North American tour, starting on September 22 and running through October 17. A second leg of dates, primarily focused in the western half of the US, will be announced shortly. For full tour information and ticket links click here.
North American Tour Dates:
Sept 22 – Waco, TX – Common Grounds*
Sept 23 – Austin, TX – Paramount Theater*
Sept 25 – Louisville, KY – Headliners#
Sept 26 – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room at Old National Centre#
Sept 27 – Pittsburgh, PA – Byham Theater#
Sept 29 – Alexandria, VA – The Birchmere
Oct 1 – New York, NY – Town Hall
Oct 2 – Boston, MA – Somerville Theater
Oct 3 – Orono, ME – Collins Center#
Oct 4 – Montreal, QUE – L’Astral
Oct 6 – Northampton, MA – Academy of Music
Oct 7 – Philadelphia, PA – Keswick Theater^
Oct 9 – Ithaca, NY – State Theater^
Oct 10 – Ann Arbor, MI – Power Center^
Oct 11 – Columbus, OH – Lincoln Theater^
Oct 13 – Chicago, IL – The Vic^
Oct 14 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium^
Oct 15 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse^
Oct 17 – Asheville, NC – Orange Peel^
* – John Moreland opens
# – Sam Lee opens
^ – Darlingside opens