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Nanci Griffith sings 'Traveling Through This Part of You'

Nanci Griffith's new CD is "Clock without Hands"  

NEW YORK (CNN) -- Singer, songwriter, Grammy winner and activist Nanci Griffith burst from the Austin, Texas, club scene in the early '80s. Once considered a part of country music's "New Traditionalist" movement -- a moniker that managed to contain everyone from Lyle Lovett to Roseanne Cash -- her roots lay more in folk and rockabilly. The music on her albums, including "Other Voices, Other Rooms" (1993), has ranged from heartland folk to mellow rock.

Her new album, "Clock Without Hands" -- its title is from a Carson McCullers novel -- is her first collection of new songs in almost five years. Many of the songs were inspired by her work with charitable organizations, she told "Showbiz Today Reports" anchor Laurin Sydney.

Singer-songwriter Nanci Griffith performs 'Traveling Through This Part of You' (August 9)

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"Getting involved with the Landmine-Free World Campaign and the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation really inspired me," she said. "Going to Vietnam and Cambodia and working in the hospitals with landmine victims just inspired me."

Griffith was helped on the new CD by several old friends, including Linda Ronstadt and former Kingston Trio member John Stewart. And, along with seven originals, she picked a handful of standards, including "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning," best known as a Frank Sinatra song.

Griffith sings "Traveling Through This Part of You"  

For this week's Showbiz Sessions, Nanci Griffith performed "Traveling Through This Part of You" from "Clock Without Hands."

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