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Patty Griffin honors her dad in heartfelt show at House of Blues

Patty Griffin (pictured performing in New York earlier this month) played many of her new songs on Friday.
Patty Griffin (pictured performing in New York earlier this month) played many of her new songs on Friday.Neilson Barnard/Getty Images/file

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A third of the way into her show Friday night at the House of Blues Patty Griffin started the song “Rain” and then it all fell apart. “What a train wreck,” she said with a laugh as she tried to figure out what exactly was going wrong.

The venerated singer-songwriter, and former Bostonian, explained that she hadn’t played the fan favorite in awhile but after another false start, the third time was the charm.

Aside from that endearing fumble—which the rapt crowd cheered her through—there was nothing about Griffin’s superb 90 minute set that could be defined as a wreck. Except maybe the emotional wreckage she excavated in some of her most sharply observed tunes.

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