Comprehensive Nanci Griffith Discography

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These are appearances by Nanci Griffith on albums by other artists. On most of these, Nanci sings harmony or backing vocals, but on some she sings duets or lead vocals.

This page last updated on 7/26/2010

Nanci sings lead vocals on the following:

The Chieftans -- A Chieftans Celebration (1989)
RCA Records,
09026-7857-2
Nanci sings:

The Wexford Carol

The Chieftans are an extremely popular Irish band who use mostly traditional Irish instruments. "The Wexford Carol" is a traditional Christmas Carol, and Nanci sings the lead vocal.

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The Chieftans -- The Bells of Dublin (1991)
RCA Records,
09026-60824-2
Nanci sings:

The Wexford Carol

This CD contains the same recording of "The Wexford Carol" as on A Chieftans Celebration. This is a Christmas collection containing guest appearances by Jackson Browne and Rickie Lee Jones, among others.

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The Chieftans -- An Irish Evening (1992)
RCA Records,
09026-60916-2
Nanci sings:

Little Love Affairs (live)
Red Is the Rose (live)
Ford Econoline (live)

This is a live concert recorded at the Grand Opera House in Belfast, Ireland. Nanci joins the Chieftans a couple of times during the concert. This concert is also available on DVD.

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Billy Joe Walker, Jr. -- Warm Front (1993)
Liberty Records,
CDP-7-81104-2
Nanci sings:

Moon of the Misbegotten

This is a CD from Nashville guitarist Billy Joe Walker, Jr. Nanci joins him as lead vocalist for the song "Moon for the Misbegotten," a song which she also co-wrote with him.

CD is out-of-print but is easy to find.

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The Crickets -- The Crickets and Their Buddies (2004)
Sovereign Artists, 1952-2
Nanci sings lead vocals on:
Heartbeat

and harmony vocals on:
More Than I Can Say
Blue Days Black Nights,
Well - Alright
Oh Boy
This is a CD of the original Crickets playing with a bunch of other artists. Nanci handles all the lead vocal duties for her track -- the Crickets are only singing backing vocals. Other artists appearing on this CD include Rodney Crowell, the Everly Brothers, Eric Clapton, J.D. Souther, Bobby Vee, Albert Lee, Waylon Jennings (his last recording), Graham Nash, John Prine, Vince Neil and Johnny Rivers.

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Nanci sings duet or backing vocals on the following:

Frank Zigal -- The B. F. Deal Sampler Vol. 1 (1977)
B. F. Deal Records, BFD 5
Nanci sings harmony vocals on:

Big Black Cadillac

Along with Nanci's three earliest commercial recordings, this sampler of B. F. Deal Records' artists has Nanci singing harmony for Frank Zigal on one of his songs.

LP only (out-of-print), CD not available.

Mike Williams -- Free Man Happy Man (1977)
B. F. Deal Records, BFD 6
Nanci sings harmony vocals on:

Blue Skies and Teardrops
Wichita Falls Waltz
Free Man, Happy Man
Country Beautiful
The Drifter and the Rodeo Queen
New Rose of San Antone
Catch Another Butterfly
Wednesday Morning West Texas Blues
Be There in the Morning

Back when Nanci was first starting out in the Austin music scene, she met up with a man named Mike Williams. Mike Williams produced her earliest recordings for the B. F. Deal record label, and she sang backing vocals for him on a couple of his albums.

This album contains a song that Nanci has sung over the years -- "Wichita Falls Waltz." This is the song that closes the One Fair Summer Evening video (although Nanci's version on the video is an abridged version of the original).

LP release (out-of-print). CD not available.

Mike Williams -- Comin' Atcha (1979)
B. F. Deal Records, BFD 12
Nanci sings harmony vocals throughout the album

This is another album from Nanci's B. F. Deal label-mate Mike Williams. Nanci is credited with singing harmony vocals on the album, but is not listed for any specific songs.

LP release (out-of-print). CD not available.

Eric Taylor -- Shameless Love (1981)
Featherbed Records,
FB 901
Nanci sings harmony vocals on:

Only Lovers
Game of Hearts
East Texas Moon
Charlie Ray McWhite
Eric Taylor was well-known in the Houston music scene back in the late '70s, and, oh yeah, he was married to Nanci for a couple of years. This was Eric Taylor's one and only solo album from that era, and Nanci appears on the album -- literally! She is seen standing with her back to the camera on the album cover. She also sings on the album...

Good news -- a CD version of this CD has finally been released! It includes all the tracks from the LP, plus two bonus tracks not originally available on the LP. To order a copy you can visit Eric Taylor's website.

Robert Earl Keen, Jr. -- No Kinda Dancer (1984)
Philo/Rounder, PH 1108
Rosetta Records, 2003
Nanci sings harmony vocals on:

Between Here and Goodbye
Swervin' In My Lane
Robert Earl Keen, Jr., is one of a group of singer/songwriters to come out of Texas in the '80s; some of his local contemporaries include Lyle Lovett and Darden Smith. Nanci appears on this album singing harmony, and she also wrote the descant part for "Swervin' In My Lane."

The Philo/Rounder CD is out-of-print, but a re-issue is currently available from another label.

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Darden Smith -- Native Soil (1986)
RediMix Records, RM 001
(1986)
Watermelon Records,
Watermelon CD 1009
(1992)
Nanci sings harmony vocals on:

Two Dollar Novels
Darden Smith is another of the Texas singer/songwriters to emerge in the mid-'80s, and Nanci joins him on his debut album to sing harmony on a truly great song, "Two Dollar Novels."

This CD is out-of-print, but copies can usually be found if you look around a bit.

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Maura O'Connell -- Helpless Heart (1987)
Warner Bros. Records,
9 26016-2
Nanci sings harmony vocals on:

Western Highway
Nanci began her professional association with Irish artists on this album by Irish singer Maura O'Connell. Maura O'Connell had previously sung with the group De Danann (whose lineup also included Mary Black). This is truly an amazing CD, and it is a personal favorite of mine.

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Maura O'Connell -- Just in Time (1988)
Philo/Rounder, PH 1124
Nanci sings harmony vocals on:

Feet of a Dancer
Leaving Neidin
Nanci apears again with Maura O'Connell on her only album for Philo/Rounder Records.

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Darden Smith -- Darden Smith (1988)
Epic Records, EK 40938
Nanci sings harmony vocals on:

Two Dollar Novels
Love Me Like a Soldier
Little Maggie
This was Darden Smith's major-label debut, and Nanci joins him again in the studio with some harmony vocals. The recording of "Two Dollar Novels" here is completely new, and Nanci sings on two more songs.

This CD appears to be out-of-print, although copies should be easy to come by.

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Fred Koller -- Where the Fast Lane Ends (1990)
Alcazar Records,
Alcazar 112
Nanci sings harmony vocals on:

Goin' Gone
Fred Koller is a songwriter who has co-written, among others, "Goin' Gone," "Lone Star State of Mind" and "On Grafton Street."

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Steve Wariner -- Christmas Memories (1990)
MCA Records,
MCAD-10067
Nanci sings harmony vocals on:

Past Three O'Clock
Country singer Steve Wariner is joined by Nanci on his Christmas album.

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Pat Alger -- True Love and Other Short Stories (1991)
Sugar Hill Records,
SH-CD1029
Nanci sings harmony vocals on:

Lone Star State of Mind
Goin' Gone
Pat Alger is also a singer/songwriter who has co-written several songs that have been recorded by Nanci. Nanci joins him on "Lone Star State of Mind" and on another version of "Goin' Gone," different from the version on Fred Koller's album.

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John Gorka -- Temporary Road (1992)
High Street Records,
72902 10315-2
Nanci sings harmony vocals on:

The Gypsy Life
I Don't Feel Like a Train
Grand Larceny
Can You Understand My Joy
John Gorka is one of the best singer/songwriters to emerge from the New York Songwriters' Exchange scene of the 1980's. His contemporaries include Christine Lavin, Suzanne Vega, Lucy Kaplansky and Shawn Colvin. Nanci sings a rather prominent harmony part on several songs on this phenomenal album.

This CD is, very unfortunately, currently out-of-print. Copies are fairly easy to locate, however.

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Dave Mallett -- This Town (1993)
Vanguard Records,
VCD-79466
Nanci sings harmony vocals on:

The Road Goes On Forever
Dave Mallett has been around for a long time, and Nanci has been singing some of his songs for just about as long.

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Cliff Eberhardt -- Now You Are My Home (1993)
Shanachie/Cachet, 8008
Nanci sings harmony vocals on:

Now You Are My Home
Cliff Eberhardt is another product of the New York Songwriters' Exchange of the 1980's.

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Frances Black -- Talk to Me (1994)
Dara Records,
DARACD 056
Nanci sings harmony vocals on:

On Grafton Street
Always Will
Irish singer Frances Black is a member of the extremely talented Black family -- her sister is Mary Black. This album was quite significant in that it contains four songs that were written by Nanci for her album Flyer, but Talk to Me came out six months earlier. The other two Nanci-written songs are "Time of Inconvenience" and "Talk to Me While I'm Listening."

This CD was also released in the U.S. on Atlantic Records.

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Joy Lynn White -- Wild Love (1994)
Columbia Records, CD 57444
Nanci sings harmony vocals on:

Burning Memories
This CD is out-of-print but not hard to find.

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Guy Clark -- Dublin Blues (1995)
Asylum Records. 61725-2
Nanci sings harmony vocals on:

Dublin Blues
Texas singer/songwriter Guy Clark belongs to the generation of Texas legends that include Townes Van Zandt and Jerry Jeff Walker.

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Frank Christian -- From My Hands (1995)
Palmetto Records, PM-2011
Nanci sings harmony vocals on:

Three Flights Up
Look at the Stars
Night Time
Nanci and Frank Christian go way back; he has played guitar for her off and on since she first went to Nashville. She recorded his "Three Flights Up" on her album Other Voices Other Rooms.

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John Stewart - Airdream Believer (1995)
Shanachie, 8015
Nanci sings harmony vocals on:

Daydream Believer
John Stewart wrote this Monkees classic, and Nanci joins him in this new version of the song.

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Various Artists -- Texans Live At Mountain Stage (1995)
Blue Plate Music,
BPM-304CD
Nanci sings harmony vocals on:

She Ain't Goin' Nowhere (live)
Nanci is singing harmony vocals here for Guy Clark. Why Nanci herself didn't make the CD with one of her own performances is a mystery to me...

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Hootie & the Blowfish -- Fairweather Johnson (1996)
Atlantic Records, 82886-2
Nanci sings harmony vocals on:

So Strange
Earth Stopped Cold at Dawn
Nanci first met up with Darius Rucker of Hootie & the Blowfish on the compilation Sweet Relief II: Gravity of the Situation earlier in 1996. Here she joins the band in a couple of tracks on this studio album.

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Hootie & the Blowfish -- Unplugged and Rarities (1996)
Fingerprint Records,
FP 025
Nanci sings harmony/duet vocals on:

So She Crawls Away
Earth Started Cold at Dawn
Gravity of the Situation
Hope That I Don't Fall In Love With You
Let Her Cry
So Strange
Hold My Hand
This CD contains the audio from Hootie & the Blowfish's appearance on MTV Unplugged, shortly after the release of Fairweather Johnson. Nanci came out partway through the show and joined the band on stage for a number of songs.

This CD may or may not be legitimate; it does not appear to have been released in the U.S. and could very well be an unauthorized release from Europe.

The Crickets -- Too Much Monday Mornings (1996)
Carlton Home Entertainment,
30360 00332
Nanci sings a duet on:

Do You Want to Be Loved
Nanci sings a duet with her buddy Sonny Curtis. The cover of this CD says "With Guest Nanci Griffith."

This CD was released in England and is somewhat difficult to locate in the U.S.

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Bill & Bonnie Hearne -- Diamonds in the Rough (1997)
Warner Western, 9 46514-2
Nanci sings a duet on:
Goin' Back to Georgia

Nanci sings harmony vocals on:
Georgetown
Bill & Bonnie Hearne are Santa Fe-based performers who have been making music since the '70s. Nanci joins them on their much-praised 1997 release, which was produced by Jim Rooney.

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Tom Russell -- The Long Way Around (1997)
Hightone Records,
HCD 8081
Nanci sings harmony vocals on:

St. Olav's Gate
Outbound Plane
Nanci joins another of her old friends singing a couple of songs with which her fans will be quite familiar.

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Gove Scrivenor -- Shine On (1997)
No Age Records, NAR001
Compass Records, 4254
Nanci sings harmony vocals on:

Shine On
Several members of the Blue Moon Orchestra appear on this somewhat obscure release by Gove Scrivenor, who released several albums in the 1970's and then didn't release anything else until this album came out in 1997.

This album was originally released on his own label, but was later re-issued on Compass Records.

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Bap Kennedy -- Domestic Blues (1998)
E-Squared, 1058-2
Nanci sings harmony vocals on:

The Ghosts of Belfast
The Shankill and the Falls
Bap Kennedy is an Irish singer from Belfast, and this is his debut album. The album was produced by Steve Earle and released on Earle's E-Squared label.

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Ramblin' Jack Elliott -- Friends of Mine (1998)
Hightone Records,
HCD8089
Nanci sings harmony vocals on:

Rex's Blues
Nanci is joined by Emmylou Harris on the harmony vocals on this album.

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Transatlantic Sessions 2, Volume One (1998)
Iona Records, IRCD063
Nanci sings harmony vocals on:

Blue Train (live)
Nanci is singing harmony vocals for Maura O'Connell here. More info about this disc can be found on the Various Artist Collections page.

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Transatlantic Sessions 2, Volume Two (1998)
Iona Records, IRCD064
Nanci sings harmony vocals on:

Trouble in the Fields
Nanci is again singing harmony vocals for Maura O'Connell here. More info about this disc can be found on the Various Artist Collections page.

Nanci also sings harmony vocals for Maura O'Connell -- Maura is singing Nanci's "Trouble In the Fields" this time.

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Various Artists -- A Celebration of the American Farm (1998)
Almanac Recording
Company, 0100-2
Nanci sings harmony vocals on:

Trouble in the Fields
Again, Nanci is singing harmony vocals here for Maura O'Connell. On this version, they are joined by the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, in an arrangement very similar to the one on The Dust Bowl Symphony. This CD was produced by the Old Farmer's Almanac.

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Buddy Mondlock -- Poetic Justice (1998)
Major Bob Productions,
MBPCD 0002
Nanci sings harmony vocals on:

Comin' Down in the Rain
This is a CD by singer/songwriter Buddy Mondlock, who has written songs recorded by a number of well-known performers.

This CD is somewhat difficult to find...

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Bill Miller -- Healing Waters (1999)
PJM Records, PJM0002
Nanci sings a duet on:

Faith
Nanci co-wrote this song with Bill Miller, and she sings a duet with him on this very obscure release. I believe the only place you can get this CD is at his website: www.billmiller.net.

Don McLean -- Starry, Starry Night (2000)
Relentless Nashville,
M2N2 1368
Nanci sings duets on:

And I Love You So (live)
Raining In My Heart (live)
This is a live concert CD from the legendary Don McLean (of "American Pie" fame). It was recorded live in Austin, Texas, and Nanci comes onstage and sings a couple of duets with him. This concert is also available on DVD (see the Videos page.

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Sean Keane -- The Man That I Am (2000)
Grapevine, GRACD 276
Nanci sings harmony vocals on:

Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears
Sean Keane is an Irish singer, and this album was produced by Nanci's occasional producer, Jim Rooney. Kathy Mattea and Maura O'Connell also make harmony vocals appearances here.

This CD appears to be out-of-print, and was only released in the UK, so it is a bit difficult to locate.

Ian Gomm -- Rock 'N' Roll Heart (2001)
Gommsongs/BGO 1
Nanci sings harmony vocals on:

Don't Cry
This is a very obscure release, somewhat related to the Amazing Rhythm Aces. Blue Moon Orchestra member Pat McInerney plays percussion throughout the album, and James Hooker plays organ on one track. You can read more about this release at The Amazing Rhythm Aces website.

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Le Ann Etheridge -- Half a World Away (2001)
Independent release
Nanci sings harmony vocals on:

Wasted Too Much Time
Half a World Away
Poor Little Misguided One
Recent Blue Moon Orchestra member Le Ann Etheridge gets a little support from Nanci for this debut solo CD, which was produced by Pat McInerney and Clive Gregson. Blue Moon Orchstra Members James Hooker and Ron de la Vega appear with McInerney as instrumentalists as well. This CD has not received wide distribution, but can be ordered from CDBaby.com Used copies may be available through Amazon.
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Roger Day -- Ready to Fly (2001)
Nanci sings harmony vocals on:

Parachute Girl
This is a children's album by a singer named Roger Day. The CD was co-produced by Ron de la Vega (hence the Nanci connection), and Nanci sings a delightful harmony vocal on one track. The Indigo Girls also sing harmony on a different track.

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The Kennedys -- Get It Right (2002)
Jiffy Jam Records, 2002
Nanci sings background vocals on:

Ride, Angel, Ride
Pete and Maura Kennedy have both been members of the Blue Moon Orchestra. This album also contains the Kennedys' version of the song "Pearl's Eye View," which was co-written by Nanci and Maura Kennedy and first released on Nanci's Clock Without Hands.

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Tom Paxton -- Looking for the Moon (2002)
Appleseed Recordings,
APR CD 1069
Nanci sings harmony vocals on:

My Pony Knows the Way
Early Snow
Tom Paxton goes way back to the early days of the folk revival in the 1960's. He was one of the early folkies who wrote his own songs. This CD was produced by Jim Rooney.

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Bobby Vee and the Vees -- I Wouldn't Change a Thing (2002)
Rockhouse Records,
RH/UK 5063
Nanci sings harmony vocals on:

How to Make a Farewell
Nanci guests with another rock & roll legend, Bobby Vee. The song "How to Make a Farewell" was written by Sonny Curtis, an original member of the Crickets and one of Nanci's good buddies.

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Tom Russell -- Modern Art (2003)
Hightone Records,
HCD8154
Nanci sings duets on:

The Ballad of Sally Rose
Bus Station
Gulf Coast Highway
Nanci sings three duets with Tom Russell on this CD. The first is an Emmylou Harris song called "The Ballad of Sally Rose" (on which Nanci also plays guitar), the second is "Bus Station," written by Dave Alvin, and the third is Nanci's own "Gulf Coast Highway." While Nanci has recorded "Gulf Coast Highway" many times now, this one is different -- she sings the verse usually sung by the male singer, and Tom Russell sings the opening verse. They sing the last verse together.

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Tom Russell -- Modern Art Bonus Disc (2003)
Hightone Records
Nanci sings a duet on:

Yosemite
This bonus disc contains material recorded at the same time as the material on Modern Art, but wasn't included on that album. Nanci's duet with Tom Russell here is titled "Yosemite."

Bonepony -- Jubilee (2003)
SuperDuperRecordings
Nanci sings harmony vocals on:

Waiting on a Train
Bonepony is an unusual group out of Tennessee that doesn't sound like your typical Nashville band. A little country, a little bluegrass, a little funk, and a little rock add up to a unique sound.

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Folk for Peace -- Rumours of Rain (2003)
Hypertension, HYP 4231
Nanci sings solo and chorus vocals on:

Rumours of Rain (radio edit)
Rumours of Rain (long version)
BThis is a "We Are the World"-style recording of about 25 artists singing this song, which is decribed as "a plea for peace." It appears to have been mostly recorded in the UK, with some additional recording done in Nashville and Maryland. Nanci only sings a few lines of the song solo.

For more information about this, you can visit www.rumoursofrain.com.

Jimmy Buffett -- License to Chill (2004)
Mailboat Records/RCA,
82876-62270-2
Nanci sings a duet on:

Someone I Used to Love
This CD from Jimmy Buffett contains duets with about eight different people. The album was co-produced by Mac McAnally, who you might recognize from the original "Gulf Coast Highway."

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Gaelic Storm -- How Are We Getting Home (2004)
Lost Again Records,
GS20041
Nanci sings harmony vocals on:

Tear Upon the Rose
Gaelic Storm is a California-based Celtic band, and they play a lively brand of country/folk-infused Irish music. Nanci appears here singing a small harmony part on "Tear Upon the Rose."

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Kate Campbell -- The Portable Kate Campbell (2004)
Compadre Records,
6-16892-58702-6
Nanci sings harmony vocals on:

Galaxie 500
This may look like a "greatest hits" package from the much-underappreciated Kate Campbell, but these are new recordings of some of Kate's best songs. Nanci sings a harmony part on the track "Galaxie 500."

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Jamie Hartford -- Part of Your History: The Songs of John Hartford (2005)
New Sheriff Creative Enterprises
Nanci sings harmony vocals on:
Tall Buildings

Nanci sings as part of a choir on:
Wish We Had Our Time Again
This is a CD by Jamie Hartford, singing songs written by his late father, John Hartford. Jamie Hartford assembled quite a lineup of friends to help with backing vocals on this album -- Emmylou Harris, Kathy Mattea, Kim Richey, Jonell Mosser, John Cowan, Sam Bush, Tim O'Brien, Nanci Griffith, and quite a few others. Nanci sings a harmony vocal on the track "Tall Buildings," and sings as part of a large choir on the song "Wish We Had Our Time Again."

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Billy Joe Shaver -- The Real Deal (2005)
Compadre Records
6-16892-66422-2
Nanci sings harmony vocals on:

Valentine
This is a new album by Texas legend Billy Joe Shaver. Nanci sings a prominent harmony vocal on the track "Valentine."

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John Gorka - Writing In the Margins (2006)
Red House Records
RHR CD 194
Nanci sings harmony vocals on:

Snow Don't Fall
Nanci sings harmony vocals for John Gorka on this track, which was written by Townes Van Zandt.

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Gove Scrivenor - Made of Sand (2006)
No Age Records
Nanci sings harmony vocals on:

Speed of the Sound of Loneliness
The liner notes don't credit Nanci with singing on any particular tracks (she's just listed as providing "guest vocals," along with Emmylou Harris), but she is obviously singing along on the John Prine composition "Speed of the Sound of Loneliness."

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Elizabeth Cook - Balls (2007)
31 Tigers Records
TOT3101
Nanci sings harmony vocals on:

Down Girl
Nanci, along with Rodney Crowell, perform with Elizabeth Cook on her song "Down Girl."

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Tom Paxton - Comedians & Angels (2008)
Appleseed Recordings
APR CD 1105
Nanci is credited with singing harmony vocals

In another collaboration with folk music legend Tom Paxton, Nanci is credited with singing harmony vocals, but no specific songs are listed.

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