Our group of friends in Nashville has strong ties to the Downtown Presbyterian Church. Many of them attend the church, others have done at various times, and some have had art studios, worked on programs with the homeless or simply found some shelter in the building.
One of the latest initiatives based out of the church is the Nashville Contributor street newspaper. It was there that we read of Patty Griffin recording her new album in the church sanctuary, and naming it “Downtown Church” in its honour. You can read their exclusive article on their website.
First listens to the album are promising – the selection of gospel tunes and Buddy Miller’s production work well and I’m particularly enjoying the soulful backing vocals. You can preview it courtesy of NPR.