Lone Star State of Mind

Lone Star State of Mind

Infobox Album | Name = Lone Star State of Mind
Type = Album
Artist = Nanci Griffith

Released = 1987
Recorded = July 1986, Soundstage/The Back Stage Studios, Nashville, Tennessee
Genre = Country
Length = 35:48
Label = MCA Records
Producer = Tony Brown and Nanci Griffith
Reviews =
*Allmusic Rating|4|5 [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:2vjweae04xs7 link]
Last album = "The Last of the True Believers"
This album = "Lone Star State of Mind"
Next album = "Little Love Affairs"
(1988) |

"Lone Star State of Mind" is Nanci Griffith's fifth album, and her first with a major recording label. Griffith's music had seen a turn from her original folk music base into more commercially viable country music in her previous two albums. On the current album she enlists the hit-making talents of veteran country producer Tony Brown. While this album would garner her first appearance on the Billboard Country charts, Griffith would never become a major country star. The album rose to #23 on the Country Albums chart, but that would be as high as any of her albums would ever climb. The title track, "Lone Star State of Mind," would become the first of only two singles ever to enter the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart; it topped out at #36, while two other singles from the album could only gain much lower positions: "Cold Hearts/Closed Minds" at #64, and "Trouble in the Fields" at #57. Griffith's very literary style was perhaps a little too thought-provoking to be a success in the world of Top 40 country radio.

Track listing

All tracks composed by Nanci Griffith; except where indicated

#"Lone Star State of Mind" (Fred Koller, Patrick Alger, Gene Levine) - 3:56
#"Cold Hearts/Closed Minds" - 2:40
#"From a Distance" (Julie Gold) - 4:10
#"Beacon Street" - 2:49
#"Nickel Dreams" (Mac McAnally, Don Lowery) - 2:48
#"Sing One for Sister" (Robert Earl Keen, Jr.) - 3:20
#"Ford Econoline" - 2:10
#"Trouble in the Fields" (Griffith, Rick West) - 3:18
#"Love in a Memory" - 3:17
#"Let It Shine on Me" (Paul Kennerley) - 2:59
#"There's a Light Beyond These Woods (Mary Margaret)" - 4:21

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