Mic Check: Patty Griffin at the Allen on Thursday

Patty Griffin joins Emmylou Harris at the Allen on Thursday.
Patty Griffin has been making records since 1996, but it wasn’t until last year’s Children Running Through that she really found her voice. She’s always been a terrific songwriter. Her songs have been covered by everybody from Emmylou Harris to Kelly Clarkson to the Dixie Chicks, who’ve recorded several over the past decade. But Children Running Through is the first album to really showcase Griffin’s talents as a singer and songwriter. She can be twangy, bluesy, bitchy, and a little bit sentimental. But she’s also a tough, introspective artist who isn’t afraid to break out of her comfort zone -- check out the horns and kinda-funky R&B she applies to Children Running Through. She’s now on tour with a bunch of like-minded singer-songwriters, including Emmylou Harris, and they stop by Playhouse's Allen Theatre tomorrow. -- Michael Gallucci Three Girls and Their Buddy featuring Patty Griffin, Emmylou Harris, Shawn Colvin, and Buddy Miller, 8 p.m. Thursday, January 24, at the Allen Theatre. Tickets are $10-$58, available by calling 216-241-6000. For a preview, listen to “Stay on the Ride” below.