Queen of folkabilly. That's what Rolling Stone has called singer Nanci Griffith, the woman I would want to be in my next life if I believed in reincarnationI covet her high, clear voice; the steeped-in-Texas songwriting; and the sense of humor, plus she's darn cute in cowboy boots. If Griffith had never recorded any albums as great as the 1986 Grammy-nominated The Last of the True Believers, with her song "Love at the Five and Dime," or Lone Star State of Mind, with "From a Distance," I'd say the same thing. Griffith has now recorded more than 20 albums and is going on the road to show off her "elegant" side with the cabaret-style love songs collected on her new album, Ruby's Torch. For someone who likes short stories, hearing Griffith in concert is true heaven. Griffith singing nothing but love songs? I'm taking my valentine and a bunch of hankies. Griffith performs with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Thursday through Sunday at Bass Performance Hall, Fourth and Calhoun streets in Fort Worth. Shows start at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $24 to $76. Call 817-665-6000 or visit fwsymphony.org.
Feb. 8-10, 8 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 11, 2 p.m.