Patty Griffin: a KUT 50th Anniversary Live Set
It was in November of 1958: a station licensed to the University of Texas went on the air with (what else?) “The Eyes of Texas”. Since that time, KUT has left a considerable mark on the music of Austin, serving as an early showcase for artists from Lucinda Williams to Carrie Rodriguez, The Fabulous Thunderbirds to Los Lonely Boys and beyond. Despite a reputation for astonishing diversity, the ‘KUT Sound’ is distiguished by artists with a commitment to songcraft and music with emotional depth, intelligence, and honesty.
And so as KUT looked for a way to kick off its 50th anniversary, it only made sense to ask an artist who embodies so many of those qualities to join us in our first big celebration. Her name is Patty Griffin.
In 2007, a year after the release of her critically acclaimed album “Children Running Through”, Patty Griffin was named ‘Artist of the Year’ by the Americana Music Association. But Griffin’s been making music headlines for almost 15 years now–starting out on the coffeehouse circuit in Boston before migrating to Central Texas. In a city sparkling with talented musicians, Patty Griffin is one of the jewels in the Violet Crown.
On the night of August 23rd, 2008, on the historic soundstage of public TV’s Austin City Limits, Patty Griffin performed a Live Set before a studio audience including Austin Mayor Will Wynn and a few hundred of KUT’s good friends. Seats were hard to come by, as you can imagine.
Now we can bring that show to you in its entirety.
Click below, turn it up, sit back, and enjoy an intimate set of songs by Patty Griffin.
And accept our sincere thanks for making KUT’s 50th year a reality.