Folk, country and songwriting great Nanci Griffith has died at age 68 in her home in Nashville. “It was Nanci’s wish that no further formal statement or press release happen for a week following her passing,” her management Gold Mountain Entertainment said in a statement.
Born in 1953 in Seguin, Texas and raised in Austin where she became part of the fertile folk and country scene, Nanci released her debut album, There's a Light Beyond These Woods, in 1978. But it was her 1987 album, Lone Star State of Mind, where she really broke through. That featured "From a Distance," which would become a hit for Bette Midler in 1990. Nanci's album Other Voices, Other Rooms won the 1993 Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album.