On the bitterly cold winter night of Patty Griffin’s fifth record release – the acclaimed Children Running Through – devoted fans huddled together outside the Angel Orensanz Center for a chance to see Griffin perform songs from the album for the first time. The historic converted synagogue’s neo-gothic arches were lit with the warm glow of candlelight as Griffin’s singular voice filled the room, accompanied by new band members and longtime players alike. A special treat on some songs was the addition of legendary keyboardist Ian McLagan (Small Faces, The Rolling Stones) – who appeared for this night only – and a 5-piece string section.
Originally from Maine, and now a resident of Austin, Texas, Patty Griffin has had a tremendous influence across all genres of music. After her sparse and acoustic 1996 debut, Living With Ghosts, artists began covering Griffin’s songs immediately. Among the many artists who’ve recorded her songs since are the Dixie Chicks, Bette Midler, and Emmylou Harris.