BBC Radio 2 has added “Hello Cruel World”, the title cut from Gretchen’s upcoming album, to their “B” playlist beginning the week of December 31st. For those unfamiliar with Radio 2, that means the song will be played in regular rotation. To see the whole “B” playlist click here to go to Radio 2’s website.*

*Please note new playlist will not be posted until 31 December 2011.

On January 6th Gretchen and Barry Walsh will be performing two shows on StageIt! You can hear new songs from Hello Cruel World performed live, interact with Gretchen & Barry and other audience members, and hear some of the stories behind the songs. The first show is timed for UK & European folks, at 1PM US Central Time (7PM GMT/8PMCET); the second is at 7PM US Central Time for everyone in the US & Canada. But you can sign up for both shows if you don’t want to miss anything! Details and instructions for purchasing “tickets” are available at Gretchen’s StageIt page.

Recently I was asked to write a biweekly blog onHuffington Post, in the Transgender section of HuffPost’s Gay Voices community. It wasn’t an easy decision to make, and it wasn’t one I could make alone.

The Hello Cruel World pre-sale begins November 14th. You’ll be able to pre-order the album and be among the first to have it in your hands come January – plus pick up some cool stuff, including signed CDs, posters, T-shirts and exclusive unreleased acoustic versions (available as a download) of four of the songs from Hello Cruel World. We have a few other premiums, too, so be sure to check in here on November 14th. Printable gift cards will be available if you’re giving any pre-sale item as a gift.

Recently Barry Walsh and I stopped by the Country Music Hall of Fame to chat with Charlie Mattos and Bill Cody of WSM and play a few songs. You can listen to the podcast here.