Lone Star State of Mind

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Lone Star State of Mind
Studio album by 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
Nanci Griffith chronology
The Last of the True Believers
(1986)The Last of the True Believers1986
Lone Star State of Mind
Little Love Affairs
(1988)Little Love Affairs1988
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau B [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]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Nanci Griffith, except as indicated.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Lone Star State of Mind" Fred Koller, Patrick Alger, Gene Levine 3:56
2. "Cold Hearts/Closed Minds"   2:40
3. "From a Distance" Julie Gold 4:10
4. "Beacon Street"   2:49
5. "Nickel Dreams" Mac McAnally, Don Lowery 2:48
6. "Sing One for Sister" Robert Earl Keen, Jr. 3:20
7. "Ford Econoline"   2:10
8. "Trouble in the Fields" Griffith, Rick West 3:18
9. "Love in a Memory"   3:17
10. "Let It Shine on Me" Paul Kennerley 2:59
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]