Love at the Five and Dime

The Songwriting Legacy of Nanci Griffith

978-1-64843-238-5 Cloth
6.12 x 9.25 x 0 in
416 pp. 109 B&W photos. 2 appendixes. Index.
Pub Date: 09/06/2024
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Nanci Griffith (1953–2021) remains, despite her untimely death, a “living, breathing, ever-present entity and inspiration.” According to author Brian T. Atkinson, reflections on Griffith’s omnipresent influence often cause people to shift “from past tense to present tense in mid-sentence.” She remains one of the most well-loved of Texas’ singer-songwriters with hits still popular today, such as “Gulf Coast Highway,” “Trouble in the Fields,” and “Love at the Five and Dime.”

Atkinson has interviewed a host of songwriters and other artists from across the spectrum: from Lyle Lovett, Steve Earle, and Robert Earl Keen to Counting Crows’ Adam Duritz, “American Pie” songwriter Don McLean, and the London Symphony Orchestra’s Tom Norris. Gathering the recollections of those who performed with, listened to, and were impacted by the artistry of Nanci Griffith, Atkinson balances these with his own comments and reflections on Griffith’s legacy—including the demons she wrestled with that ultimately overcame her.

Love at the Five and Dime: The Songwriting Legacy of Nanci Griffith promises to be, as one reviewer has described it, “an indispensable source for anyone wanting to learn more about all things Nanci.” This book adds deep value to our understanding of the life and work of a vital Texas artist.

Texas Music Series, Sponsored by the Center for Texas Music History, Texas State University

Published by Texas A&M University Press