Patty Griffin's newest album Downtown Church is pretty much a straight-up gospel record, recorded in a church in Nashville with the usual suspects (Buddy Miller, Emmylou Harris, Shawn Colvin), but also gospel heavyweights like Regina and Ann McCrary. It's a successful exercise for the most part, but a little disappointing that Griffin—who has always been a particularly gifted songwriter—only penned two of the songs. While her Lilith Fair peers often traffic in chalky sentiment and soaped-down versions of Americana, Griffin always puts a bit more fire and grit underneath the surface of her songs. Tonight's show will showcase the new gospel tunes she recorded on Downtown Church, but also a number of the exquisite tunes that make up her impressive back catalog. NED LANNAMANN
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