Patty Griffin Explores Family Ties On American Kid

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Patty Griffin will release her seventh studio album, American Kid, on May 7. Recorded in Memphis and co-produced with singer-songwriter/Lisa Germano guitarist Craig Ross, it’s her first album for the label New West Records.

Griffin says her followup to 2010′s Downtown Church was written largely to honor her late father — a high school science teacher and World War II vet who lost his parents early in his life. Mr. Griffin, who lived for a time in a Trappist monastery, raised Patty and her six siblings, and, on one memorable birthday, gave her the life-altering gift of The Beatles’  Sgt. Peppers’ Lonely Hearts Club Band.