The #3 record
on Q's Top 20 Albums of 2013
comes from Patty Griffin
, one of the best American singer/songwriters alive today. For nearly 20 years she's written and sung evocative songs about love, loss, faith and hunger. With American Kid
-- her first album of original material in six years -- the personal and the universal come together in a most compelling fashion.
The songs range from deeply moving reflections on her late father's life, to a stirring cover of Lefty Frizell's "Mom and Dad's Waltz", to a rumination on young soldiers coming home and dealing with severe trauma.
And what sets the whole thing off is her performance. Patty Griffin's voice is a deep spring of pure emotion. She has a powerful gift for lifting the words off of the page and sending them into the heart of anyone within earshot, where they send shivers down the spine and bring tears to the eyes. Stream her recent session in studio Q above, and check out her live performances of "Faithful Son" and "Don't Let Me Die in Florida" below.