When Emmylou Harris heard the title track off of Nanci Griffith's new album The Loving Kind, she asked her friend, "Why didn't I know about that case? Why didn't I know about that first?" The case in question is Loving v. Virginia, in which Mildred and Richard Loving, a married couple, were arrested because he was white and she was black. When Griffith read Mildred's obituary, she "was floored" and knew she had to write a song about the couple's story.
American politics play a large role in Griffith's folk/country/Americana music, and the new album--her first in five years of original material--is no different.
"I went through a phase where I had writer's block for the first time in my life," Griffith said. "I couldn't write. Finally, after the election, everything just started flowing. I've had such a response [to the album] from folks who don't normally respond about music like Howie Klein and Huffington Post. It's a wonderful outreach this record has had."
Griffith's tour kicks off in Boise, and for that first show, she's reaching out a little herself ... to her good friend Rosalie Sorrels. Sorrels, along with Kate Wolf, is one of the subjects of Griffith's song "Ford Econoline."
"I'm so excited, I can't wait to see Rosalie and to hear her music. She's so special to me ... It's impossible not to be mesmerized by Rosalie," Griffith said.
Friday, Aug. 14, 8 p.m., $36 adv., $39 door. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., 208-345-0454, idahoconcerts.net.