Patty Griffin is one of the most promising singer-songwriters to come out of the Boston/Cambridge folk music scene in the past few years. Although her two albums have been sparsely produced, Griffin's poetic lyricism, bluesy alto vocals and melodic guitar picking have aimed directly at the deepest emotions of her listeners.
The youngest of seven children, Griffin grew up listening to her mother sing while doing housework and her grandmother's family singing on the front porch at night. In addition to listening intently to The Beatles, Griffin was fascinated by the music of Bruce Springsteen and Rickie Lee Jones. Although she acquired a fifty dollar guitar and began writing songs at the age of sixteen, Griffin gave little thought to a career as a musician.