Country Stars Croon With Patty Griffin

PattyGriffinNewPatty Griffin has long been a respected part of the Americana/folk community, but recent collaborations with mainstream artists Dierks Bentley and Jack Ingram should raise her profile among country fans.

Bentley is offering a free download of “Beautiful World,” his song featuring Griffin on CMT.com beginning today (9/28). “This is definitely one of my favorite songs, not just from the last album, but probably that I’ve ever written and recorded,” he says. “The whole premise is that if you watch the news or read the headlines, there is a lot of really negative stuff happening out there that can pull you down, but if you choose to follow the good and believe in something better, then it is a ‘Beautiful World.’”

dierks-necktieThe free download is to raise awareness about his nationwide “Miles & Music For Kids” fundraiser, which is sponsored by CMT One Country and benefits local hospitals in the Children’s Miracle Network. The fundraiser hits Nashville on Sun., Oct. 11 with a motorcycle ride and performances by Bentley, Darius Rucker, Eric Church, Wynonna, Heidi Newfield and Michelle Branch. Other cities set to host “Miles & Music For Kids” events are Bentley’s hometown of Phoenix, Seattle, Atlanta, Dallas, and Chicago.

jack-ingramMeanwhile, Jack Ingram is introducing the ballad “Seeing Stars,” featuring Griffin, to radio this week. It is off his latest album Big Dreams & High Hopes.

“The relationship with God or with Jesus or with anybody that you follow religiously—it seems like we’re all guilty of only keeping that relationship up when we’re really in need,” Ingram recently explained to CMT. “This song is admitting guilt to that.” It was written by Ingram and Grammy winner Chris Tompkins. Click here to preview “Seeing Stars.”

Ingram heads to Los Angeles this week to tape the television debut of the single on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, airing Mon., Oct. 5.

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