Win a copy of Patty Griffin's lost album 'Silver Bell'


It's been thirteen years since Patty Griffin recorded Silver Bellan album that became lost in the throes of record label reorganizing and the ever-evolving recording industry. Some of the songs she recorded on the disc have long since been released on live recordings or included on other albums; others have been recorded by other artists (i.e. two by the Dixie Chicks alone). And now, at last, Silver Bell is being made available in its full, original recording glory, the way it was originally intended as her follow-up to Flaming Red back at the turn of the Century.

We'd like to give away a copy to three lucky ND community members. 

To enter to win a copy of the album on either CD or vinyl (your choice), simply comment on this post telling us what your favorite Patty Griffin song is, and why.

Anyone can enter, but the prize(s) can only be shipped to a US address.  

Post your comment/entry as a comment on this blog post. To comment on this post and enter the contest, scroll to the bottom of this page and leave your comment in the comment field. Clicking on the "+add" button at the top of this page will create a completely separate blog post that we will have to delete. Entries will not be accepted via separate blog post, Facebook, or Twitter. The contest will close at 11:59 p.m. PST on Monday, Oct. 14.

So, good luck! 

Here's some more info about the record, from a press release: 

Silver Bell features 14 original songs recorded at Daniel Lanois’ Kingsway Studio in New Orleans by Griffin on vocals, guitar and piano with guitarist Doug Lancio, keyboardist John Deaderick, bassist Frank Swart, and percussionist Billy Beard. Emmylou Harris also joined Griffin in the studio to sing harmony on “Truth #2.”

Despite its 13 years of limbo, the sought-after album spawned two huge hits for the Dixie Chicks, who covered both “Top Of The World” and “Truth #2” for their six-million-selling 2002 Home album. In addition, the band’s Natalie Maines recorded Silver Bell’s title track for her recent solo debut, Mother. Through the years, Griffin’s original songs have also been covered by many other notable artists, including Solomon Burke, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Kelly Clarkson, Martina McBride, Bette Midler, Ben Harper, Bon Iver, Linda Ronstadt, Ellie Goulding & Lissie, Melissa Etheridge, Jessica Simpson, Miranda Lambert, Shooter Jennings, and Joan Osborne.

Patty Griffin: Silver Bell track listing

1. Little God
2. Truth#2
3. Boston
4. Perfect White Girls
5. Sooner or Later
6. What you Are
7. Silver Bell
8. Fragile
9. Mother of God
10. One More Girl
11. Sorry and Sad
12. Driving
13. Top of the World
14. So Long

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Comment by Heather Moss on October 8, 2013 at 4:39am

I am going to rave about "One Big Love." Yes, I came to the song via Emmylou Harris, who is a favorite of mine, but I actually like Patty's original even better. When I hear it, something swells up inside of me (not my liver, I hope) and I am giddy about the potential of meeting people who thrill me. My favorite lines in the song: "No sense defending your honor / Just go on and kiss him if you wanna /Everything before is gone or is going somewhere." It would be super-cool to win her album, but I will buy it if I don't win!

Comment by big boy on October 8, 2013 at 5:36am

"Up To  the Mountain."  Solomon  Burke's ethereal  version 'll  break your heart and inspire you to   get up off your ass and do  something worthwhile.  


Comment by Tommy Lagniappe on October 8, 2013 at 5:41am

My favorite Patti Griffin song is one she did with Robert Plant at the Sunflower Blues and Gospel festival in Clarksdale, Mississippi in August 2012.  Actually it was a Zep tune called Gallo's Pole.


Comment by Janet Ann Huddleston on October 8, 2013 at 6:02am

"Long Ride Home" is my absolute favorite song of all time. I first heard friends in Antarctica sing it with incredible harmonies. I like the message in the song - to not take your partner for granted or you will regret it and realize how important they really were. We need to be nice to each other and appreciate what we have while we have it. I play this song over and over in the car and harmonize at the top of my lungs. I am so excited to be in Nashville for her upcoming concert!

Comment by Tommy Lagniappe on October 8, 2013 at 6:04am

Congrats Janet .....the Nashville gig sounds way friggin cool...



Comment by Fred J. Robertson on October 8, 2013 at 6:14am

Flaming Red is where it began for me.  Saw her play it opening for Jimmie Dale Gilmore.

Comment by Ashley Dukes on October 8, 2013 at 6:28am
So many favorites. I'll say Heavenly Day because it reminds me of riding around in the car with my sweet dog (who passed away several years ago) as well as my best friends getting married. Great song.
Comment by h Grape Minkoff on October 8, 2013 at 6:30am

"Move Up" from Downtown Church is a real rafter-raiser. She performed it with Band of Joy at the Bowery Ballroom in NYC in 2010.

Comment by Jim Caparosa on October 8, 2013 at 6:36am

Truth # 2 love the way this song  was written, like all of her songs very poignant. She is one great artist. Got a chance to see her perform with Band of Joy a few years ago and she is great.

Comment by William Karnoscak on October 8, 2013 at 6:39am

"Tony" from Flaming Red.  Great song about raising sensitivity about bullying, which was about ten years ahead of the much-reported emphasis there is of late.


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