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The Last of the True Believers

The Last of the True Believers

by Nanci Griffith Nanci Griffith
The Last of the True Believers

The Last of the True Believers

by Nanci Griffith Nanci Griffith


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This is Nanci Griffith's fourth and final release on Rounder Records' folk subsidiary, Philo. At the time Griffith relocated to Nashville, TN, her decidedly Texan sense of musicality had already begun developing subtle hues of Appalachia as well as the cosmopolitan country that would inform her mid- to late-'80s stint on MCA. However, it is the overwhelming strength and conviction in the singer/songwriter's original material on The Last of the True Believers that remain indelibly impressed upon enthusiasts and critics alike. As such, Griffith has retained a copious sampling from the disc in her subsequent live performance repertoire. Griffith's crystalline vocals are well matched to the warm, earthy acoustic instrumentation on the intimate "More Than a Whisper" and "The Wing and the Wheel." At times, the delicate interplay creates a mutual envelopment of the human vocal instrument with that of the stringed nature -- most notably on the heartfelt "Love at the Five and Dime." By way of contrast, Griffith defies her somewhat introverted image on the tongue-in-cheek (no pun!) love song "Looking for the Time (Workin' Girl)" and the effervescent waltz "Love's Found a Shoulder." Lying nestled between are spry melodies such as "Banks of the Pontchartrain," featuring some nice picking from Béla Fleck (banjo), and "Goin' Gone," which perfectly captures some of Lloyd Green's finest pedal steel work on the disc. Griffith's pure and otherwise unaffected performance style would continue to carry through her subsequent efforts, most notably Lone Star State of Mind (1987), which in many ways is a companion, rather than simply the follow-up, to The Last of the True Believers.

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Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Philo / Umgd
UPC: 0011671110929
catalogNumber: 711109
Rank: 6559


  1. The Last of the True Believers
  2. Love at the Five and Dime
  3. St. Olav's Gate
  4. More Than a Whisper
  5. Banks of the Pontchartrain
  6. Looking for the Time (Workin' Girl)
  7. Goin' Gone
  8. One of These Days
  9. Love's Found a Shoulder
  10. Fly by Night
  11. The Wing and the Wheel

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nanci Griffith   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Vocal Harmony
Pat Alger   Acoustic Guitar,Hi String
Tom Russell   Choir, Chorus
Lyle Lovett   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Vocal Harmony
Richard Dobson   Choir, Chorus
Lloyd Green   Dobro,Pedal Steel Guitar
Curtis Allen   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Robin Batteau   Violin
John Catchings   Cello
Philip Donnelly   Electric Guitar
Béla Fleck   Banjo
Marlin Griffith   Choir, Chorus
Roy M. "Junior" Husky   Bass,Upright Bass
Robert Earl Keen   Choir, Chorus
Kenny Malone   Percussion,Drums
Mark O'Connor   Mandolin,Violin,Mandola,Mondoline
Maura O'Connell   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Rachel Peer-Prine   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Gove Scrivenor   Autoharp
Ralph Vitello   Piano
Richard West   Guitar,Mandolin
Rick West   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin

Technical Credits

Nanci Griffith   Producer,Artwork,Cover Design
Pat Alger   Artwork,Graphic Design,Cover Design
Jim Rooney   Producer
Curtis Allen   Engineer
Mark O'Connor   Contributor
Ralph Vitello   Contributor
Mark Miller   Engineer
Frank Golden   Cover Photo

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