After spending some time as a backup singer with Robert Plant's Band of Joy
, touring with Three Girls and Their Buddy (Emmylou Harris, Shawn Colvin, and Buddy Miller), and following up on her Buddy Miller-produced gospel album Downtown Church
, Patty Griffin has announced that her first fully original solo album in six years will drop in 2013. The disc is set to be titled American Kid
and will release on ATO Records. Earlier this fall, I got to see Griffin perform in Athens, GA, on one of her (very few) solo dates. In addition to a swath of old favorites, she played a number of tunes from the forthcoming album. From heartbreak to hope, in a way only Griffin can pronounce...suffice to say it's bound to be a doozy.