I’ll be teaching a two day songwriting workshop in September in beautiful Edinburgh, Scotland at The Queens Hall. The Writing From the Inside Out workshop will include individual one-on-one time, full group song work, an evening song circle, and a special arranging class with Barry Walsh. The class is limited to 20 students. For complete details, a schedule, and registration, visit The Queens Hall website.

My new album, Dancing With The Beast comes out May 18th, and our UK tour kicks off the next day – with my full band (Barry Walsh, Conor McCreanor and Colm McClean) plus very special guest Kim Richey! A complete list of UK tour dates is below. Tickets are going fast, don’t be late! Hope to see lots of you out there.

May 19 – Stamford Corn Exchange, Stamford, UK
May 20 – The Stables, Milton Keynes, UK
May 22 – The Queens Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland
May 23 – The Sage, Gateshead, UK
May 25 – Town Hall, Birmingham, UK
May 26 – The Atkinson, Southport, UK
May 27 – RNCM, Manchester, UK
May 30 – City Varieties, Leeds, UK
May 31 – The Apex, Bury St. Edmunds, UK
June 2 – St. George’s, Bristol, UK
June 3 – Pavilion Theatre, Worthing, UK
June 7 – Mareel, Shetland, UK
June 9 – Gate to Southwell Festival, Nottingham/Newark, UK
June 12 – St. David’s Hall, Cardiff, Wales, UK
June 13 – Cadogan Hall, London, UK
June 15 – Beverley Folk Festival, Beverley, E Yorks, UK

I’m thrilled to announce that my new album, Dancing With The Beast, arrives on May 18, 2018. Once again, I coproduced with Doug Lancio and Barry Walsh. Dancing features eleven new original songs, three of them cowritten with Ben Glover and one cowritten with Ben and Matraca Berg.

In the next few months I’ll be premiering some of the tracks from the record, and we’ll have a pre-sale with some exclusive merch items you’ll only be able to get here. If you want to stay in the loop, please sign up for my newsletter.

I can’t wait to share this new music with you.

I’ll be doing a 3 day songwriting workshop in Nashville February 25-27 in association with Performing Songwriter. Registration is now open, and the class is limited to 20 students. We’ll dig deep into the art and craft of songwriting. The workshop will include:

 

  • building the backstory for your character
  • Finding the melody
  • How to arrange a song
  • Surprise guest speakers & musical events
  • Song critiques & sharpening skills with me and my guest teacher
  • A one-on-one session with me

In addition to the intensive days of songwriting, you’ll enjoy a surprise once-in-a-lifetime private concert, a closing night group dinner, surprise guest songwriting friends who will join us and inspire you, song circles in the evenings where everyone can share songs, and an opening night dinner on Saturday evening Feb. 24 at a Nashville home with me.

For more detailed information and registration, visit the Performing Songwriter website.

A great song, like all art, holds a mirror up and reflects who we are. Songwriting, at its heart, is storytelling, and telling your story in a compelling way comes down to authenticity. It’s about what you say, and what you don’t say. It’s about the truth, not necessarily the facts. In this workshop, we’ll explore the process of songwriting—the art and the craft, and the delicate balance between the two. We’ll learn how to keep a sense of creative play and when (and how) to welcome the inner critic into the room. We’ll find ways to work through “writer’s block.” We’ll learn that only through the specific do you achieve the universal—the holy grail in songwriting and all writing. We’ll learn to write from the inside out, beginning with the spark of an idea and following it all the way to its full realization.

My online store has been shut down for the past few weeks while we reorganize, but we’re open now and offering a 20% discount on everything in the store. This includes handwritten lyrics (there may be a delay getting those to you due to my travel schedule, so order soon if you are buying a handwritten lyric for a holiday gift). Use the code NEWSTORE20 at checkout to get the discount.

…Using the opportunity to showcase some new material she delivered the haunting ‘Lowlands’ that on first hearing drew comparisons with Paul Simon’s ‘American Tune’ – the misgivings of Nixon-era America updated to encompass Trump and fake news. The other debuted songs showed her turn of phrase is still exemplary and with such themes as child abuse and truck stop prostitution, it is safe to say the album she is in the process of making will visit some dark places…

To read this review in its entirety, visit Samtimonious.

 

…Amongst the highlights were the melancholy The Matador, the intense foreboding of Black Ribbons, the Southern rock guitars of Woman On The Wheel and the down-and-dirty Wichita. The common thread running through it all was the utterly stunning imagery – the description of a fallen lover’s body ‘like rotten fruit’ in Blackbirds will stick with me for a long time – and film-like storytelling in the lyrics. However my favourite moments were when Peters took to the stage alone, allowing her voice to shine through. In particular two of her new songs, Truck Stop Angel and The Lowlands, really emphasised this…

to read this review in its entirety, visit Entertainment Focus.

I’ve heard from some longtime newsletter subscribers that they haven’t been receiving the newsletter for the past few months. We’ve looked into it and are in the process of changing email services, but in the meantime, here’s November’s newsletter in case you were one of the ones who didn’t get it.

November 2017

first tracking day in the studio, October 2017

In mid-October we headed back into the recording studio to begin work on a new album. The band: Barry Walsh (piano & accordion), Doug Lancio (electric and acoustic guitars), Will Kimbrough (electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin, charango), Dave Roe (bass) and John Gardner (drums and percussion).

our crew L to R Doug Lancio, John Gardner, Dave Roe, Gretchen, Barry Walsh, Will Kimbrough and engineer Chad Brown

It’s an absolute privilege to play with musicians of this caliber and I never forget it. We still have a lot of work in front of us but I’m excited to be working on new music and can’t wait to share it with you.

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Facebook Live
our Saturday afternoon Facebook Live session is posted on my Facebook page!

Barry Walsh and I were live on Facebook this past Saturday afternoon, with a new album update and a new song. If you missed our Facebook Live session you can see it here.

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The Songwriters TV show
with host Ken Paulson at a taping of “The Songwriters”

Last night Nashville Public Television aired “The Songwriters,” a weekly TV show featuring conversations with songwriters from the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. I taped my segment with interviewer Ken Paulson a few months ago, and thoroughly enjoyed it (Mac Davis and Paul Overstreet were also taping that day, and any day when you get to hang out and hear their stories is a good day). The Songwriters will begin a national roll out in January 2018 on PBS – I’ll keep you posted when my segment is due to air.

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London show November 7th
Union Chapel

Our only UK show of 2017 is a week away and is now sold out. We were last there on February 16, 2016 and for me it was one of the most memorable shows in 20 years of touring the UK. I’ll be joined by Barry Walsh, Conor McCreanor and Colm McClean; Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage open the show. More info available at London Folk & Roots Festival.

 

 

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Touring news
Old Town Hall, High Wycombe
photo by Paul Clampin/London Backline

I’m doing a rare “evening with” show (not in-the-round) at Nashville’s world-famous Bluebird Cafe on November 2. Barry and I will be playing a set which will include some old favorites and some new songs we’ll be trying out for the first time.

As mentioned above, our only UK tour date for 2017 – the London Folk & Roots Festival – is on November 7th, and is now sold out.

I will be in Memphis on December 17th for a Three Women & The Truth show, with the fabulous Kathy Mattea subbing for Eliza Gilkyson. And in case Kathy, Mary Gauthier and I aren’t enough to get you there, our very special guest will be the legendary Tom Paxton. Looking so forward to this!

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Tour Dates

Confirmed shows are listed below; for ticket links and more info, please visit my website.

November 2 – Bluebird Cafe, Nashville, TN an evening with Gretchen Peters, featuring Barry Walsh

November 7 – London Folk & Roots Festival, Union Chapel, London, UK (full band show)

December 17 – Halloran Centre for Performing Arts, Memphis, TN (Three Women & The Truth featuring Mary Gauthier, Gretchen Peters & Kathy Mattea plus special guest Tom Paxton

Times, and sometimes dates are subject to change.

As always, check my website for details and to confirm dates & times. See you out there!

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If there’s a venue in your town you think we should be playing, let them know! You can direct them to the appropriate booking agent here.

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Download of the Month

November’s download is “This Used To Be My Town”, recorded at a private event in December of 2016. It features Barry Walsh on keyboards.

Enjoy. Visit the download page to get November’s free download.

x Gretchen

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