Singer-songwriter and Old Town native Patty Griffin played her first Portland show in several years Sunday night at the State Theatre. The show was a sellout and the crowd was fired up the entire night.

Wearing a flowing white dress with silver flowers, Griffin shined from the moment she and her band opened the show with “Carry Me” from the 1998 record “Flaming Red.”

John Deadarick was on piano and accordion, David Pulkingham was on guitar and Craig Ross played bass with each taking a turn behind the drum kit.

“It’s so good to be here in Portland!” declared Griffin early on to wild applause from the audience.

She played several tracks from last year’s “American Kid” album, including “Ohio,” “Please Don’t Let Me Die in Florida,” “Faithful Son” and “Wild Old Dog.”

Last year finally saw the release of “Silver Bell,” an album Griffin recorded in 2000. The band played “Truth #2” from it and it was sensational. “You don’t like the sound of the truth/coming from my mouth/You say that I lack the proof/baby that might be so,” sang Griffin.

One of the standout songs was one that’s yet to be recorded or even named. Griffin explained it was the first song she ever wrote on a mandolin, though it came as no surprise she played the instrument like it was an old friend. Lyrically, the song was signature Griffin: “I’m gotta let it hear the prayer/no matter who is there/no matter who is listening.” One can assume that many left the show hoping the song will make it on her next record.

Griffin had the band leave the stage while she played a solo acoustic version of an old favorite from 2002’s “1,000 Kisses.” “Making Pies” tells the story of a woman who spent her life at the Table Talk Pies factory. “Plastic cap on my hair/I used to mind now I don’t care/I used to mind but I don’t care cause I’m gray,” she sang – true storytelling from a consummate songwriter. From that same album came another heart-rending song. “Nobody’s Crying” is both damning and forgiving and is one of Griffin’s finest moments as a wordsmith.

Griffin ended the show with a charming rendition of “Glory of Love,” famously recorded by Jimmy Durante, with whom she said she’s been obsessed as of late.

Griffin turned in one heck of a show to an appreciative crowd Sunday night. Here’s hoping Portland will see her again soon.

Opening the show was Oklahoma-based Parker Millsap and his two-piece band. It’s spot-on accurate to say Millsap blew the doors off the place with a clear, powerful voice and an impressive command of the acoustic guitar and harmonica.