Patty Griffin, who plays Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center tonight, started writing the songs on her neww album American Kid as a tribute to her father shortly before his death in 2009, then put the project aside to tour with Robert Plant and release a gospel flavored 2010 album of mostly covers, Downtown Church.
American Kid finds Griffin working with Luther and Cody Dickinson of the North Mississippi All-Stars, as well as Plant, with whom she wrote “Highway Song” and who she harmonizes with on three songs. Mainly though, American Kid, is a stripped to its core affair, built around Griffin steely Southern vocals and solo guitar. There‘s a cover of Lefty Frizzell’s “Mom & Dad’s Waltz,” but the album otherwise consists of Griffin’s tough minded truth seeking tunes, kicking off by examining the freedom that death provides on “Wherever You Wanna Go” and ending with the elegantly pained “Gonna Miss You When You’re Gone.”
Details of the show are here. Max Gomez, who's worth arriving early for, opens. The "Ohio" video, featuring Plant, is below.