Clock Without Hands

Clock Without Hands

by Nanci GriffithNanci Griffith


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Texan singer-songwriter Nanci Griffith has, alongside kindred souls such as Emmylou Harris and Lucinda Williams, ushered folk music into a new era with her thoughtful songs and sweet, often studied delivery. After revisiting the work of her favorite songwriters (on 1998's Other Voices, Too) and some of her own best-loved material (with '97's Blue Roses from the Moons and '99's The Dust Bowl Symphony), the Grammy-winning performer returns with a set fueled by her own new songs -- her first such effort since 1994's Flyer. The results reflect the passion Griffith poured into these tunes. The album's first single might be the soulful pop tune "Where Would I Be" (by British pop songsmith Paul Carrack), but the disc's heart lies in two Griffith originals: the title track, which poignantly expresses a state of emotional numbness, and the moving "Traveling Through This Part of You," inspired by her ex-husband's tour in Vietnam. Another similarly themed highlight is the rousing, rock-inspired "Pearl's Eye View (The Life of Dickey Chapelle)," which tells the story of Chapelle, a daring female photojournalist who exposed atrocities in Vietnam before falling victim to a land mine. Elsewhere, Griffith gets personal on "Last Song for Mother," a spare reflection on maternal love, and a romantic, string-enhanced cover of the Frank Sinatra hit "In the Wee Small Hours," one of her mom's favorites. Throughout, her band keeps the pace with lush (only occasionally glossy) arrangements that match Griffith's flower-petal-soft voice to a T.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/31/2001
Label: Elektra / Wea
UPC: 0075596266024
catalogNumber: 62660
Rank: 97039


  1. Clock Without Hands
  2. Traveling Through This Part Of You
  3. Where Would I Be
  4. Midnight In Missoula
  5. Lost Him In The Sun
  6. The Ghost Inside Of Me
  7. Truly Something Fine
  8. Cotton
  9. Pearl's Eye View (The Life of Dickey Chappelle)
  10. Roses on the 4th of July
  11. Shaking Out The Snow
  12. Armstrong
  13. Last Song For Mother
  14. In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nanci Griffith   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
John Stewart   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Clive Gregson   Electric Guitar
Ronn Huff   Conductor
John Catchings   Cello
David Davidson   Violin
James Hooker   Keyboards
Pete Kennedy   Guitar (12 String Electric),Mando-Guitar,Guitar (Baritone)
Jennifer Kimball   Background Vocals
Doug Lancio   Electric Guitar
Pat McInerney   Percussion,Drums
John Mock   Conductor
Lee Satterfield   Background Vocals,Classical Guitar
Jim Williamson   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Baritone Saxophone
Maura Kennedy   Background Vocals
Monisa Angell   Viola
String Machine   Strings
Chas Williams   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar,Slide Dobro
Ann Etheridge   Background Vocals
David Angel   Violin
Michael "Mike Dee" Johnson   Vocals,Classical Guitar

Technical Credits

Nanci Griffith   Producer,Liner Notes
Peter Collins   Producer
Eddie Adams   Author
John Holbrook   Engineer
Kerry Kennedy   Author
John Mock   Arranger
Bob Muller   Liner Notes
Beverly Parker   Artwork
Virginia Team   Art Direction
Blue Moon Orchestra   Contributor
John Hurley   Engineer

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