Photo: Michael Wilson

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Grammy Award winning singer and folk artist Patty Griffin “love[s] the smaller rooms, the smaller towns, because the audiences are so different than the cities. They’re really listening, and taking it in,” she told Vineyard Gazette. “I want to tour as many places when they’re beautiful as possible.” Griffin will arrive to the Center Theater this sunny Monday, joined by guitarist/pianist David Pulkingham and drummer/bassist/pianist Conrad Choucroun. Her friend and fellow Austin singer-songwriter, Carrie Rodriguez, will open the show.

Adorned with a gospel-infused voice that is at once beautiful and pained, the Maine-born songwriter is widely regarded as one of the purist songwriters of her generation. Griffin’s songs have been covered by Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, The Dixie Chicks, Kelly Clarkson, Solomon Burke, Melissa Etheridge and Miranda Lambert.

Griffin’s diverse body of work spans such classic LPs as 2002’s Grammy nominated 1000 Kisses—later ranked #15 on Paste’s “The 50 Best Albums of the Decade (2000-2009)”—to 2007’s Children Running Through, honored by the Americana Music Association with two Americana Honors & Awards including “Artist of the Year” and “Album of the Year.” To date, Griffin has received seven total nominations from the Americana Music Association, affirming her as one of the far-reaching genre’s leading proponents. In 2010, she had also joined then-boyfriend Robert Plant as backing vocalist for his Band of Joy tour and subsequent album. 2011’s Downtown Church—which blends traditional gospel favorites with Griffin’s own spiritually questioning material—debuted at #1 on both Billboard’s “Folk Albums” and “Christian Albums” charts before winning 2011’s “Best Traditional Gospel Album” Grammy Award.

Her voice went quiet for a couple years recently. Griffin had been tucked out of sight battling breast cancer. Earlier this year released “River,” a track from her recently released self-titled album, her tenth studio release.

“There’s this moment of wow, you don’t get out of this alive for real,” Griffin said. “That mortality part suddenly gets very real. Life tends to put you through these moments of suffering to shoot you out somewhere you never expected, but somewhere great. You grow in so many mysterious ways.”

Carrie Rodriquez—who is also performing at Music on Main in Victor on July 11—brings fiery fiddle playing, electrifying vocals and a fresh interpretation of new and classic songs with an “Ameri-Chicana” attitude and her own twangy, Texas-bred twist on Mexican Ranchera songs.

The Center presents Patty Griffin with special guest Carrie Rodriguez, 8 p.m. Monday at the Center Theater. $52-$72.