Folk and country singer-songwriter Nanci Griffith dies aged 68

Nanci Griffith
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Grammy Award-winning country and folk singer-songwriter Nanci Griffith has died at the age of 68.

Her management company – Gold Mountain Entertainment – confirmed the news over the weekend, however the company also stated that it was Griffith's wish that “no further formal statement or press release happen for a week following her passing." Her cause of death is yet to be revealed.

Born in 1953 in Seguin, Texas, Griffith performed as a teenager in the local Austin music scene, before releasing her debut album, There's a Light Beyond These Woods, via a local label in 1978.

She moved to Nashville in 1985, where she later secured her first major label deal with MCA Records, with whom she released four albums: Lone Star State of Mind (1987), Little Love Affairs (1988), Storms (1989) and Late Night Grande Hotel (1991).

Griffith later won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album in 1994 with her LP, Other Voices, Other Rooms.

Songs penned by Griffith over the course of her decades-spanning career include Outbound Plane and Love at the Five and Dime.

The former garnered Griffith mainstream success when country artist Suzy Bogguss covered and landed a Top 10 spot with the track in 1991.

Bogguss led tributes to the singer-songwriter on social media, writing: “My heart is aching. A beautiful soul that I love has left this Earth. I feel blessed to have many memories of our times together along with most everything she ever recorded.”

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Country singer-songwriter Darius Rucker also paid tribute, writing: “Today I am just sad man. I lost one of my idols. One of the reasons I am in Nashville. She blew my mind the first time I heard Marie & Omie. And singing with her was my favorite thing to do.”

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Sam was Staff Writer at from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar (opens in new tab).