Once in a Very Blue Moon

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Once in a Very Blue Moon
Studio album by Nanci Griffith
Released 1984
Recorded 26 June-2 July 1984
Studio Jack Clement's Cowboy Arms Hotel and Recording Spa, Nashville, Tennessee
Genre Country
Length 38:38
Label Philo
Producer Jim Rooney, Nanci Griffith
Nanci Griffith chronology
Poet in My Window
Once in a Very Blue Moon
The Last of the True Believers
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars [1]

Once in a Very Blue Moon is singer-songwriter Nanci Griffith's third album. The sounds have become a little more country and a little less folk than her previous albums. Her first two albums were backed sparsely with instrumentation, but starting with this album, the whole complement of country-styled instrumentalists can be heard. Noted country musicians performing on the album include banjo player Béla Fleck and champion fiddle player Mark O'Connor. The title song was covered by Dolly Parton, who included her version on her Real Love album in 1985.

The track order was different on MCA vinyl MCG 6054 with track 11 being omitted.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Nanci Griffith; except where indicated

  1. "Ghost in the Music" (Griffith, Eric Taylor) - 2:49
  2. "Love Is a Hard Waltz" - 3:10
  3. "Roseville Fair" (Bill Staines) - 2:59
  4. "Mary and Omie" - 4:31
  5. "Friend Out in the Madness" - 2:41
  6. [10]"I'm Not Drivin' These Wheels (Bring the Prose to the Wheel)" - 3:17
  7. [6]"Time Alone" - 2:01
  8. [7]"Ballad of Robin Winter-Smith" (Richard Dobson) - 3:15
  9. [8]"Daddy Said" - 2:35
  10. [9]"Once in a Very Blue Moon" (Patrick Alger, Eugene Levine) - 2:34
  11. "If I Were the Woman You Wanted" (Lyle Lovett) - 3:57 [Not on MCA vinyl MCG 6054]
  12. [11]"Year Down in New Orleans" - 2:28
  13. [12]"Spin on a Red Brick Floor" - 2:48


  • Nanci Griffith - acoustic guitar, lead and harmony vocals
  • Philip Donnelly - electric guitar
  • Stephen Doster - electric and acoustic guitar
  • Mark Howard - rhythm guitar
  • Pat Alger - acoustic guitar
  • Roy Huskey Jr. - bass
  • Béla Fleck - banjo
  • Mark O'Connor - mandolin, fiddle, mandola
  • Ralph Vitello - piano, synthesizer
  • Kenny Malone - percussion
  • Terry McMillan - harmonica
  • John Catchings - cello
  • Denise Franke, Lyle Lovett - harmony vocals
  • Wayne R. Miller - executive producer
  • Bill Narum, Nanci Griffith - cover design