One Fair Summer Evening

One Fair Summer Evening is Nanci Griffith's seventh album, and her first one recorded in a live setting. It was recorded on August 19 and August 20, 1988 at Anderson Fair, a Houston, Texas club long known for featuring folk artists in an intimate setting.

One Fair Summer Evening
Live album by
RecordedAugust 19–20, 1988
VenueAnderson Fair, Houston, Texas
ProducerNanci Griffith, Tony Brown
Nanci Griffith chronology
Little Love Affairs
One Fair Summer Evening
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars [1]

Griffith mainly performs live versions of songs from her previously released albums, but adds in a couple of new ones: "Deadwood, South Dakota" and "I Would Bring You Ireland". The album rose into the #43 position of the Billboard Country Albums chart.

Critical receptionEdit

AllMusic's Lindsay Planer gives the album 4½ out of a possible 5 stars and begins the review with, "This is singer/songwriter Nanci Griffith's first live album, and it captures the essence of what has endeared Griffith to fans of both folk and cosmopolitan country. Although One Fair Summer Evening was not an immediate phenomenon at the cash registers, the revealing nature of the performance has secured it a place in the hearts of enthusiasts since its release in 1988."[1]

Jon Cummings of PopDose writes, "Stripped of most of the country elements that had been ladled over their studio versions, Griffith’s songs emerge crisp and timeless; indeed, these live recordings accomplish the rare feat of rendering their studio antecedents obsolete."[2]

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by Nanci Griffith, except where indicated.

1."Once in a Very Blue Moon"Patrick Alger, Eugene Levine2:53
2."Looking for the Time (Workin' Girl" 2:52
3."Deadwood, South Dakota"Eric Taylor4:59
4."More Than a Whisper"Nanci Griffith, Bobby Nelson3:39
5."I Would Bring You Ireland" 3:21
6."Roseville Fair"Bill Staines3:32
7."Workin' in Corners" 3:58
8."Trouble in the Fields"Nanci Griffith, Rick West3:57
9."The Wing and the Wheel" 3:11
10."From a Distance"Julie Gold4:37
11."Love at the Five and Dime" 7:08
12."Spin on a Red Brick Floor" 3:11
Total length:47:18



  • Producers - Nanci Griffith and Tony Brown
  • Associate Producer - Buzz Stone
  • Engineer - Phillip Barrett
  • Assistant Engineer - Steve Lowney, Andy Vastola
  • Second Engineers - Marty Williams, Mark J. Coddington
  • Mastered by - Glenn Meadows
  • CD Master Tape Prepared by - Glenn Meadows
  • Digital Editing - Milan Bogdan
  • Art Direction - Simon Levy
  • Design - Virginia Team/Jerry Joyner
  • Photography - Peter Nash

Track information and credits adapted from Discogs[3] and AllMusic[4], then verified from the album's liner notes.[5]

Chart performanceEdit

Chart (1988) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums[6] 43


  1. ^ a b Lindsay Planer. "One Fair Summer Evening - Nanci Griffith | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-06-20.
  2. ^ Cummings, Jon (8 January 2008). "The Popdose Guide to Nanci Griffith". PopDose. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  3. ^ "Nanci Griffith – One Fair Summer Evening". Discogs. Retrieved 4 March 2020. MCAD-42255
  4. ^ "Nanci Griffith – One Fair Summer Evening". AllMusic. Retrieved 4 March 2020. MCAD-42255
  5. ^ One Fair Summer Evening (liner notes). Nanci Griffith. MCA. 1988. MCAD-42255.CS1 maint: others (link)
  6. ^ "Nanci Griffith Chart History (Top Country Albums)". Billboard. December 23, 1988. Retrieved March 6, 2020.