RIP Nanci Griffith: Once in a Very Blue Moon

August 13, 2021

Nanci Griffith passed away this week.

Griffith’s Austin roots were reflected in her twangy voice, which she used to great effect in songs like “Once in a Very Blue Moon”, above. Her version of Julie Gold’s “From a Distance” was recorded before Bette Midler made it a huge hit. (below)

I remember listening to it on the night US troops went into Iraq in the ’91 war, and suddenly realizing my face was wet.

I really can’t let go of this without posting this duet with John Prime.

4 Responses to “RIP Nanci Griffith: Once in a Very Blue Moon”

  1. Peter Scheffler Says:

    oh wow…Sad news, but thanks.


  2. Had the chance to meet her on a cold March afternoon in – of all places – the Texas Chili Parlor. My wife recalled the old Guy Clark song that begins, ‘Well, I wisht I was in Austin (hmm hmm), at the Chili Parlor bar drinkin’ Mad Dog Margaritas and not caring where you are…” The two of them sang that line and laughed. Of course, Nancy sang backup on the original recording. She was so sweet and kind.


  3. In the 1970s, Nanci frequently played at a club near the University of Texas campus, The Hole in the Wall. I remember spending more on her tip jar than on beer.

    Tecumseh Valley by Townes Van Zandt (Live in Norway, 1993)


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