New Patty Griffin – “Heavenly Day”

Vet singer-songwriter Patty Griffin has been covered by the esteemed likes of Emmylou Harris, Mary-Chapin Carpenter, and Jessica Simpson — and now is set to follow-up the awesome Impossible Dream with her forthcoming, fifth effort, a collection of folk-inspired tunes with lush strings (“I Don’t Ever Give Up”), roots-y, storytelling ballads (“Trapeze”), and uptempo acoustic rockers (“No Bad News”). Each cut is pushed and colored by her voice, turning even the simplest progressions into slow-building, moving works — and “Heavenly Day” is a great take on her vocal in action. Fans of Essence-era Lucinda Williams, take note.

Patty Griffin – “Heavenly Day” (MP3)

Children Running Through is out 2/6/07 on ATO.