Patty Griffin sings Cy Coleman (plus details on her next album): It's an EW exclusive!

She teased us with guest spots on two country records this year, backing Dierks Bentley on “Beautiful World,” and Jack Ingram on “Seeing Stars,” and proving herself to be precisely the earthy collaborator these country boys need to cut through Nashville’s oft-oily sheen. But for rabid Patty Griffin fans like yours truly — sitting here waiting since 2007’s Children Running Through for new music — that’s not enough. Thankfully, details on her upcoming gospel album are finally starting to sneak out: Recorded in the Nashville Downtown Presbyterian Church, the current title seems to be, appropriately, Downtown Church. It was produced by Buddy Miller, it’s slated for an early 2010 release, and the folkie’s dream list of guest vocalists includes Buddy, Julie Miller, Emmylou Harris, Shawn Colvin, Raul Malo, and Jim Lauderdale. Amidst the classic gospel songs and hymns, there will be two new songs penned by Patty. And if you head to PattyCentral.com, you can check out some live videos of her performing songs presumed to be on the album. (Hey, Radiohead‘s not the only band with minutia-obsessed fans.)

I’ve scored one more treat for all my fellow Patty lovers: A preview of her contribution to upcoming compilation album The Best Is Yet to Come: The Songs of Cy Coleman. The Great American Songbook composer finds himself lovingly feted by some amazing ladies — besides Patty, the album includes renditions of Coleman favorites from Fiona Apple, Jill Sobule, Madeline Peyroux, Sam Phillips, Nikka Costa, and more. It’s out September 15th, but you can stream Griffin’s mournfully minor-key reinterpretation of the title track right here, right now. Give a listen, and let us know what you think in the comments… and anybody got any more Patty scoop to share?


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  • keith

    I worship Patty. Thanks for the info.

  • roger

    word is she’ll have a new album of original material released in early 2010, too, so there may be 2 new records!

  • Tim

    WOW….lovin’ it. We want our Patty back!!!

  • GingerCat

    We can always count on Whitney to give us info on the artists we really want to know about!

    Like Roger, I’ve heard Patty will have another new album of all-original material coming out in 2010 on ATO, in addition to the gospel album, which is not on ATO but on a gospel label.
    Also, if you can believe iTunes listings, she’s also sung backup on recent songs by Joshua Radin and The Alternate Routes.

  • Lisa

    She is so rich like butter, I want to go bake a cake in honor of her sing this song.

  • heidi

    i just heart you whitney! you love patty and sugarland! two of my all time favorites! anything patty does is amazing! can’t wait for this record!

  • Tonto Yoder

    Exclusive? The track has been available on iTunes since July—
    http://www.pattynet.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3439

  • Sam

    Anna, you seem ignorant kantilg about $o.99 thing. It’s not offering by gaga, is offering by amazon (they wanna promote their cloud service and compete with iTunes and they choose this album because it’s really relevant. Without that sales, she’s going to sell 900k, pretty big numbers.Also, I don’t buy a Birtney Spears or Justin Bieber album even for $0.99 because I don’t like their music, people who bought born this way did it because they want it.And, obviously you know nothing about Lady Gaga, she’s much more than bizar .I’m glad to see her selling a lot, she really deserves her hard work have to be rewarded

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