Little Love Affairs

Little Love Affairs

by Nanci GriffithNanci Griffith


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Little Love Affairs, Nanci Griffith's second MCA Records album, and sixth album overall, was the crucial release in her attempt to achieve success as a Nashville-based country artist, and in that context it was a failure. But it was also an artistic success, containing 11 well-written and well-performed songs in the reflective style that the singer/songwriter had established previously. Griffith's first MCA album, Lone Star State of Mind, had been a moderate seller, reaching the Top 40 and spawning two country chart singles. MCA prefaced Little Love Affairs with perhaps its most overtly country song, "Never Mind," written by veteran songwriter Harlan Howard, and prominently featuring a pedal-steel guitar in its arrangement, but the single's failure to crack the country Top 40 suggested trouble, confirmed when the album peaked lower than Lone Star State of Mind. "Never Mind" gave a good indication of the album's theme, embodied in its title, of carefully examining the romantic lives of common people. Howard's lovers were itinerant laborers who came out of the Depression, and other songs also looked back at stories of romance past, such as Griffith's compositions "Love Wore a Halo (Back Before the War)," and "So Long Ago." The music, supplied by Griffith's backup band and New Grass Revival, was in her familiar country-folk style, and her vocals, with their ringing, aching tone, conveyed the songs' sense of longing and regret effectively. Country critics and radio programmers complained that, if anything, she was too country, her voice having an off-putting twang and nasality, but that was just an excuse for rejecting her literate lyrics and sophistication. At 33, she wasn't about to become some empty-headed Nashville bimbo willing to mouth romantic clichés, and for that she paid the price of being denied country stardom. Her fans breathed a sigh of relief.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Mca Nashville
UPC: 0076742210229
catalogNumber: 42102
Rank: 85014


  1. Anyone Can Be Somebody's Fool
  2. I Knew Love
  3. Never Mind
  4. Love Wore a Halo (Back Before the War)
  5. So Long Ago
  6. Gulf Coast Highway
  7. Little Love Affairs
  8. I Wish It Would Rain
  9. Outbound Plane
  10. I Would Change My Life
  11. Sweet Dreams Will Come

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nanci Griffith   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Sam Bush   Mandolin
John Stewart   Electric Guitar,Vocals
Lloyd Green   Dobro,Piano
Jon Goin   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Classical Guitar,Hi String
Lucy Kaplansky   Gut String Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Charlie Bundy   Gut String Guitar,Vocal Harmony
John Catchings   Cello
Béla Fleck   Banjo
Dan Flowers   Slide Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Pat Flynn   Acoustic Guitar
James Hooker   Synthesizer,Piano
David Hungate   Electric Bass
Roy M. "Junior" Husky   Upright Bass
John Jarvis   Synthesizer,Piano
Mac McAnally   Vocals,Gut String Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Rick Marotta   Drums
Mark O'Connor   Mandolin,Violin,Viola
Billy Joe Walker   Acoustic Guitar
Danny Flowers   Slide Guitar,Gut String Guitar

Technical Credits

Nanci Griffith   Producer
John Stewart   Duet
Tony Brown   Producer
Bob Bullock   overdub engineer
Mark J. Coddington   Engineer
Tim Kish   Engineer
Mac McAnally   Duet
Russ Martin   Engineer
Marty Williams   Engineer
Chuck Ainlay   Engineer
Daniel Flowers   Composer
James H. Brown   Composer

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