From the TuneCore blog: In this week’s COREnered, we trade verses with Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Gretchen Peters. Peters’s gift for flawlessly merging notes and lyrics results in stories that continue to touch fans and fellow artists around the world. Read on to find out about her unusual dream collaboration, and why she considers music her “comfort food.”

Our good friend Brian Clough, of euVue, The North East’s Multimedia Showbiz and Entertainment Magazine, is running a contest on his radio show, and the prize is a pair of tickets to the show on 17 May at The Sage in Gateshead. Go to the euVue page, and click on the arrow to iisten to the show.

Information about the competition is 7-8 minutes into the show, and the competition is featured approximately 30 minutes later. Contest closes at the end of April.

Next month I’ll be heading back to the UK for a tour that’s been in the works for almost a year. The idea for the “Circus Girl – Without A Net” tour grew out of many conversations after shows that began something like: “Great show, but I wish you’d sung ______”, or “________ is my favorite song, why don’t you ever play it anymore?” When you have a new album out, it’s natural to want to showcase it, and introduce everyone to the new songs. With “Circus Girl”, we’re going to look back and revisit some of the overlooked ones, and some that just fell off the list along the way. In that spirit, this will be an all-request tour – you will make up the set list. I’ll begin taking your requests on April 1 via this websiteTwitterFacebook, and MySpace. Or if you prefer you can just email me.

Please keep a few things in mind:

– specify the particular show (venue, date and city) that you will be attending. We don’t want to do your request without you there.

– give us your name, and any other information you’d like to share – where you’re from, how long you’ve been a fan, a personal anecdote, dedication, reminiscence or just your thoughts on the song you want to hear most.

– please limit your requests to songs that I’ve either written or recorded. No “Free Bird”!

Given the retrospective nature of this tour I thought it would be fun to add a visual component, too, so I’ll be spicing up the set with some slides and photographs – along with the stories behind the songs, behind the scenes, and sometimes behind the stars…

It’s going to be a lot of fun for us, and hopefully for you, too. All the tour dates are now confirmed and listed on the Tour page at gretchenpeters.com. We can’t wait to see you out there.

The Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA) is happy to announce the 2nd Annual Stars Go Blue for Colon Cancer benefit concert to be held on March 23, 2010 at 7:00pm at the Loveless Barn in Nashville, TN. The concert will feature intimate and rare acoustic performances by some of Country Music’s elite songwriters; Rodney Crowell,Gretchen PetersMike ReidBarry Walsh and Peter Cooper.
Tickets are $35 each with front row tables for 4 available for $500. 50% of the net proceeds from the Stars Go Blue for Colon Cancer concert will be donated directly to the Blue Note Fund.  The Blue Note Fund gives small monetary gifts to colon cancer patients in need.  Food and drinks will be available for purchase at the event. Tickets can be purchased online.

Interactive roots/Americana magazine The Alternate Root is putting together a Valentine’s Day sampler; songs donated by artists for free download by readers. There were over 500 submissions for the Valentine’s Day Sampler and the folks at The Alternate Root narrowed it to 33 songs as finalists – and “The Way You Move Me” is one of the finalists! The FREE sampler will contain the 24 most popular songs as voted by the readers. You must create a user account and login in order to vote. The songs are available for listening in the player on the website and the ballot is just below the player. The 24 songs with the most votes will be on the FREE sampler and the artist with the most votes will be featured in the March issue of The Alternate Root Magazine.