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Other Voices, Other Rooms (Nanci Griffith album)

Other Voices, Other Rooms is Nanci Griffith's tenth album, released in 1993. It consists of songs written by other songwriters who have influenced her own career. Guest artists who appear in their own compositions include Frank Christian playing guitar on "Three Flights Up", Bob Dylan playing harmonica on "Boots of Spanish Leather", and John Prine lending harmony vocals on "Speed of the Sound of Loneliness". The album get its name from the Truman Capote novel of the same name.

Other Voices, Other Rooms
Studio album by
Released2 March 1993 (US)
RecordedNashville, Tennessee, Dublin, Ireland, Los Angeles, California
GenreCountry Folk
ProducerJim Rooney
Nanci Griffith chronology
Late Night Grande Hotel
Other Voices, Other Rooms
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars [1]
NME(7/10) [2]
Robert Christgau(dud) [3]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars [4]

The album rose into the #54 position on the Billboard Pop Albums chart in 1993, although it had no charting singles. The album concept was inspired by the 1990 album True Voices which was also made up of cover songs including one that Nanci recorded on Other Voices, Other Rooms - Across The Great Divide, written by Kate Wolf. "Other Voices, Other Rooms" was certified gold by the RIAA on January 30, 2005,[5] signifying shipments of 500,000 units in the U.S.

Track listingEdit

1."Across the Great Divide" (with Emmylou Harris)Kate Wolf3:57
2."Woman of the Phoenix" (with James Hooker)Vince Bell2:41
3."Tecumseh Valley" (with Arlo Guthrie)Townes Van Zandt4:29
4."Three Flights Up"Frank Christian3:31
5."Boots of Spanish Leather"Bob Dylan5:17
6."Speed of the Sound of Loneliness" (with John Prine)John Prine4:20
7."From Clare to Here" (with Pete Cummins)Ralph McTell5:11
8."Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound" (with Carolyn Hester)Tom Paxton3:16
9."Do-Re-Mi" (with Guy Clark)Woody Guthrie2:52
10."This Old Town"Janis Ian, Jon Vezner3:00
11."Comin' Down in the Rain" (with Lee Satterfield)Buddy Mondlock3:45
12."Ten Degrees and Getting Colder" (with Iris DeMent)Gordon Lightfoot2:40
13."Morning Song for Sally"Jerry Jeff Walker4:55
14."Night Rider's Lament" (with Don Edwards)Michael Burton3:57
15."Are You Tired of Me Darling?" (with Iris DeMent and Emmylou Harris)G.P. Cook, Ralph Rolan3:11
16."Turn Around"Malvina Reynolds/Harry Belafonte/Alan Greene3:19
17."Wimoweh" (with Odetta, Indigo Girls, Kennedy Rose, John Prine, James Hooker, Holly & Barry Tashian, John Gorka, Dave Mallett, Marlin Griffith (Nanci's father), Jim Rooney)Solomon Linda1:47

Awards and recognitionEdit

Griffith won the 1994 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album, and producer Jim Rooney won a Grammy Award for production.



  1. ^ Johnny Loftus. "Other Voices, Other Rooms - Nanci Griffith | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-06-20.
  2. ^ "Nanci Griffith - Other Voices, Other Rooms CD Album". 1993-03-02. Retrieved 2016-06-20.
  3. ^ "CG: nanci griffith". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2016-06-20.
  4. ^ "Nanci Griffith: Other Voices, Other Rooms : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". 1993-04-15. Archived from the original on October 1, 2007. Retrieved 2016-06-20. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  5. ^ "Gold & Platinum - RIAA". Retrieved 11 November 2017.