The track is one of three that features Robert Plant.The Led Zeppelin frontman, whom Griffin is dating and with whom she collaborates in the rootsy Band of Joy, sings harmony and gets a co-writing credit for rearranging the track, Griffin says."It occurred to me that there's another way to look at this besides my own grief, which is: They're OK.
The Led Zeppelin legend was rumoured to have married the singer in secret in 2013 after setting up home together in Texas and collaborating on a number of projects, but Griffin denied the speculation saying, "We're not legally married, no." However, Plant has now revealed the relationship came to an end, telling Radar magazine he experienced a shift both "culturally and slightly spiritually" and ploughed his heartbreak into his new music. My feelings are very much ones of sadness and regret." The publication reports Plant's song House of Love, from his upcoming album Lullaby and...
with Griffin, "She didn't share my penchant for cider and the Black Country character I became after four pints of Thatchers (cider).
A LOSS INSPIRES "American Kid" proves to be Griffin's most soulful and pensive album yet, owing to the life circumstances that inform it.
"My dad was getting ready to pass away and I was just kind of writing for myself; he was a big influence for a lot of the record," Griffin recalls of her father, a World War II vet and high school teacher who died in 2009. But it was good to have that outlet, to be able to write songs about it." Meditative, but not somber, the album kicks off with "Go Wherever You Wanna Go," in which Griffin imagines a carefree afterworld.
But for her first album of new solo material since 2007's "Children Running Through It" (2010's Grammy Award-winning "Downtown Church" was a live recording), she says, "I wanted it to sound like I was in the room with you." To that end, she and producer Craig Ross hired her stage sound engineer Roy Taylor to rig up "a bunch of old microphones to get that local sound," while hunkered down at the "funky, lived-in" Zebra Ranch Studio located an hour outside of Memphis, owned by Luther and Cody Dickinson of the North Mississippi All-Stars (both of whom play on the record).