the Buzz for October 22nd, 2010


Nanci Griffith (with Darius Rucker) — “Love at the Five and Dime”
(from The Dust Bowl Symphony) — Love

Those who are now stunned that Hootie and the Blowfish’s lead singer Darius Rucker is now a celebrated country singer weren’t paying attention when they should have been: just before the turn of the century, Rucker teamed up with that elegantly homespun enchantress Nanci Griffith for a series of combustibly brilliant musical collaborations, most notably this lovely, strings-drenched reinvention of one of Griffith’s early classics, which was recorded with the famed London Symphony Orchestra. Sherry Ann always says that Dave Matthews and Emmylou Harris neither one should never leave home without the other, but if you ask me, it’s these two who should always and forever come as a packaged deal.