Lone Star State of Mind

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Lone Star State of Mind
Studio album by
RecordedJuly 1986, Soundstage/The Back Stage Studios, Nashville, Tennessee
LabelMCA Records
ProducerTony Brown and Nanci Griffith
Nanci Griffith chronology
The Last of the True Believers
Lone Star State of Mind
Little Love Affairs
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars [1]
Robert ChristgauB [2]

Lone Star State of Mind is Nanci Griffith's fifth album, and her first with a major recording label. Griffith's music took a turn from her original folk music base into more commercially viable country music. For this album, she enlisted the talents of veteran country producer Tony Brown. The album garnered her first appearance on the Billboard Country charts, rising to #23 on the Country Albums chart, and is her highest charting album. The title track, "Lone Star State of Mind," became the first of only three Griffith singles to enter the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. It peaked at #36, while two other singles from the album, "Cold Hearts/Closed Minds" and "Trouble in the Fields", reached #64 and #57 respectively. "From a Distance" failed to chart because it was released only as a promotional single in the USA.[3] That song successfully hit the charts when Bette Midler covered it in 1990.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Nanci Griffith, except as indicated.

1."Lone Star State of Mind"Fred Koller, Patrick Alger, Gene Levine3:56
2."Cold Hearts/Closed Minds" 2:40
3."From a Distance"Julie Gold4:10
4."Beacon Street" 2:49
5."Nickel Dreams"Mac McAnally, Don Lowery2:48
6."Sing One for Sister"Robert Earl Keen, Jr.3:20
7."Ford Econoline" 2:10
8."Trouble in the Fields"Griffith, Rick West3:18
9."Love in a Memory" 3:17
10."Let It Shine on Me"Paul Kennerley2:59
11."There's a Light Beyond These Woods (Mary Margaret)" 4:21


Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1987) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 23[4]


  1. ^ Thom Owens. "Lone Star State of Mind - Nanci Griffith | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-06-20.
  2. ^ "CG: nanci griffith". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2016-06-20.
  3. ^ "From a Distance by Nanci Griffith (Single): Reviews, Ratings, Credits, Song list". Rate Your Music. Retrieved 2016-06-20.
  4. ^ "Nanci Griffith Album & Song Chart History - Country Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media.