Patty Griffin - American Kid

To say that Patty Griffin is exploring her roots on the exquisite new album American Kid (May 7, New West) is to tell only half the story. Recorded in Memphis with North Mississippi Allstars guitarist Luther Dickinson and drummer Cody Dickinson and co-produced by Griffin and Craig Ross, her dozen new songs -- her first album of original recordings since 2007 -- reflect the award-winning songwriter's most roots-driven project. Clearly she's been immersed in the acoustic traditions of Americana recently on her work with husband Robert Plant (who joins her on three songs here) and her new material could easily segue from Plant's Raising Sand (with Alison Krauss) or Band of Joy. But the new album is also an homage to her own familial roots, a clear-eyed but deeply emotional love letter to her late father, the man who raised her along with her six siblings, bought her Sgt. Pepper for her birthday and immeasurably influenced her life. American Kid is a brilliant and moving album and an important reminder of Griffin's status as one of our finest songwriters. Stream "Ohio" (video, too) after the jump...

Patty Griffin - 'Go Wherever You Wanna Go' (from American Kid)

Patty Griffin - 'Ohio' (from American Kid)