Nanci Griffith Similar Artists

Mary Chapin Carpenter - 100% match to Nanci Griffith

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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21 February 1958, Princeton, New Jersey, USA. Carpenter’s father was an executive for Life magazine, and she spent part of her early life living in Japan. She grew up with a love of contemporary pop hits, although her mother’s Woody Guthrie and Judy Collins records gave her some interest in country/folk music. She spent her time at home with her guitar, and her fat Read more

Emmylou Harris - 84% match to Nanci Griffith

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Country & Bluegrass Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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2 April 1947, Birmingham, Alabama, USA. Harris was raised in North Carolina, later attending the University Of North Carolina on a drama scholarship. Starting as a folk singer, Harris tried her luck in the late 60s in New York’s Greenwich Village folk clubs, making an album for the independent Jubilee label in 1970. Gliding Bird was largely unrepresentative of her subse Read more

Iris DeMent - 72% match to Nanci Griffith

Genres: Christian & Gospel Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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5 January 1961, Paragould, Arkansas, USA. A singer-songwriter based in Kansas City, via California, Nashville, and originally the rural regions of Arkansas, USA, DeMent made her initial impact in 1991. Her early influences included gospel, Loretta Lynn and Johnny Cash, but she was 25 years of age before she began to write her own songs, and 30 when her debut album was releas Read more

Kathy Mattea - 65% match to Nanci Griffith

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Country & Bluegrass Holiday & Seasonal Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Kathleen Alice Mattea, 21 June 1959, Cross Lane, West Virginia, USA. During her teens, Mattea began playing with her guitar at church functions and, when she attended university, she joined a folk and bluegrass group, Pennsboro. She decided to go with the band leader to Nashville and, among several jobs, she worked as a tour guide at the Country Music Hall Of Fame. Despite t Read more

Rosanne Cash - 56% match to Nanci Griffith

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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24 May 1955, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. The daughter of Johnny Cash from his first marriage to Vivian Liberto, Cash lived with her mother in California after her parents divorced in 1966. Perhaps inevitably, she returned to Nashville, where she studied drama at Vanderbilt University, before relocating to Los Angeles to study ‘method’ acting at Lee Strasberg’s In Read more

Lyle Lovett - 55% match to Nanci Griffith

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Lyle Pearce Lovett, 1 November 1957, Klein, Texas, USA. Singer-songwriter Lovett grew up 25 miles north of Houston in the rural Klein community (an area largely populated by farmers of German extraction), which was named after his grandfather, Adam Klein. During his teenage years, as Houston’s borders expanded, Lovett was exposed to more urban influences, and attended T Read more

Shawn Colvin - 54% match to Nanci Griffith

Genres: Folk Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Shanna Colvin, 10 January 1956, Vermillion, South Dakota, USA. A singer-songwriter in the tradition of her teen idol Joni Mitchell, Colvin was of considerable age before she recorded her first songs. Backed by fellow guitarist and songwriting partner John Leventhal (later a collaborator with Marc Cohn), her debut pulled together arresting material with an understated approac Read more

Kate Wolf - 53% match to Nanci Griffith

Genres: Folk
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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27 January 1942, Sonoma County, San Francisco, California, USA, d. 10 December 1986. Wolf was a singer-songwriter who worked her home area and organized the Santa Rosa folk festivals, but who had a lasting influence on the new country scene of the early-80s. Her first albums, Back Roads and Lines On Paper, were recorded independently and released on her own Owl label. These Read more

John Prine - 52% match to Nanci Griffith

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Folk Folk Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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10 October 1946, Maywood, Illinois, USA. His grandfather had played with Merle Travis, and Prine himself started playing guitar at the age of 14. He then spent time in college, worked as a postman for five years, and spent two years in the army. He began his musical career around 1970, singing in clubs in the Chicago area. Prine signed to Atlantic Records in 1971, releasing Read more

Patty Griffin - 52% match to Nanci Griffith

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Folk
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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16 March 1964, Old Town, Maine, USA. This US singer-songwriter made her name on the Boston/Cambridge folk scene in the mid-90s, leading to a major label recording contract with A&M Records. Griffin began writing songs as a teenager but at this point in her life was more interested in athletics than music. By the time she relocated to Boston she was married to musician Ni Read more

Eliza Gilkyson - 51% match to Nanci Griffith

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Folk
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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1950, Hollywood, California, USA. Singer-songwriter Eliza Gilkyson has enjoyed a long if not always fruitful career, although by the start of the new millennium she had begun to reap some much deserved critical and commercial acclaim.Gilkyson is from a musical family, with her late father, the noted performer and songwriter Terry Gilkyson enjoying a U Read more

Allison Moorer - 48% match to Nanci Griffith

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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21 June 1972, Quantico, Alabama, USA. Country singer Allison Moorer became an instant celebrity in 1998 when she was heavily featured in the successful Robert Redford movie The Horse Whisperer. She performed her song ‘A Soft Place To Fall’ in its entirety as Redford danced with co-star Kristen Scott-Thomas. This was followed by the release of her debut album, Alaba Read more

Kelly Willis - 48% match to Nanci Griffith

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Holiday & Seasonal
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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2 October 1968, Lawton, Oklahoma, USA. An Austin, Texas-based singer-songwriter, Kelly Willis was signed by MCA Records’ country division in 1990 and widely embraced by critics as a torchbearer for ‘new traditionalism’.Willis played in her first band when aged 16, performing with her future first husband Mas Palermo. Her raucous vocals Read more

Lucinda Williams - 48% match to Nanci Griffith

Genres: Blues Country & Bluegrass Country & Bluegrass Folk Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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26 January 1953, Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA. Her father, Miller Williams, is a professor of literature and a professional poet, but it was her mother, a music graduate, who influenced Lucinda the most. After a period spent travelling in the early 70s, Williams concentrated on playing folk clubs in Texas, mixing traditional blues and folk songs with original material. She r Read more

Steve Earle - 48% match to Nanci Griffith

Genres: Blues Country & Bluegrass Country & Bluegrass Folk Pop / Rock Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Stephen Fain Earle, 17 January 1955, Fort Monroe, Virginia, USA. Earle’s father was an air-traffic controller and the family was raised in Schertz, near San Antonio, Texas. Earle played an acoustic guitar from the age of 11, but he also terrorized his school friends with a sawn-off shotgun. He left home many times and sang ‘Help Me Make It Through The Night’ a Read more


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