In Memoriam: Nanci Griffith (1953-2021)

Folk legend Nanci Griffith has passed away at the age of 68.

AP News reports:

Nanci Griffith, the Grammy-winning folk singer-songwriter from Texas whose literary songs like “Love at the Five and Dime” celebrated the South, has died. She was 68.

Her management company, Gold Mountain Entertainment, said Griffith died Friday but did not provide a cause of death.

“It was Nanci’s wish that no further formal statement or press release happen for a week following her passing,” Gold Mountain Entertainment said in a statement.

We’re going to honor those wishes, but will redirect you to our 100 Greatest Women entry on Griffith, who made quite an impact on country and Americana music, as well as folk music.  She will be missed.






  1. Very sad! :(

    After all this time, I never knew she had actually written “From A Distance.” We all had to learn to sing it in my kindergarten class, and the teacher even gave each of us a cassette tape of Bette Midler’s version of the song so we could memorize it. That song always takes me right back to that time.

    “Love At The Five And Dime” and “Outbound Plane” are also two of my all time favorite songs.

    RIP, Nanci

  2. …that beautiful rendition of john prine’s “speed at the sound of loneliness”, live in knoxville, and “love at the five and dime” – with that terrific woolworth-introduction – were (quite surprisingly) among my most played clips during the lockdowns here. she was exquisite in such a modest way. very sad news.

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