Patty Griffin is so cool she sizzles.
She played a singer in a movie, and she's a singer in real life -- that Hollywood is too much!
Sorrowful singer pumps up her live show with a backing band and some rocking tunes.
New album may expand audience for challenging, idiosyncratic vocalist and her partner.
Despite their youth and singer's physical stature, band looms large witharena-style performance.
Band wraps up studio sessions for spring release that includes live tracks and covers.
Singer vows never to play Paramount again after group was refused access.