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.

Starting today, I’ll be posting a series of blog entries about the songs on my upcoming album Hello Cruel World. I’ll be posting a new one approximately every two weeks. Each one will focus on one of the songs from the new album. Visit the blog to read about “Saint Francis” a song I co-wrote with Tom Russell.

Hello Cruel World will be released worldwide in early 2012.

1st Annual Jimmy LaFave Songwriter Rendezvous
Friday & Saturday, November 11-12, 2011
Lajitas Golf Resort and Spa
Music Nightly from 7:30PM – Midnight

Join Jimmy LaFave as he brings together a group of master singer-songwriters for a weekend of music and relaxation in the beautiful Big Bend country of Texas. The Lajitas Golf Resort and Spa will be the perfect setting for two nights of individual and in-the-round intimate performances by these kindred spirits of song:

Jimmy LaFave

Sam Baker

Slaid Cleaves

Kevin Welch

Malcolm Holcombe

Gretchen Peters

Will Kimbrough

John Fullbright

Ray Bonneville

Tickets can be purchased here. With purchase of Songwriter Rendezvous tickets, you will receive a promo code for special discounted room rates at the Lajitas Resort.

Please be advised this time of year is peak season in the Big Bend area of Texas due to its gorgeous weather in November. There is limited room availability at Lajitas Golf Resort and Spa and rooms for this event may sell out quickly. Other options such as the lodge/campsites in Big Bend National Park and other hotels in the Terlingua area (15 miles from Lajitas) should also be booked sooner than later for this event. Please also note there are full RV facilities available at the Lajitas Resort on a first come first served basis and all RV Park guests enjoy full resort amenities.

For information on the resort, please visit Lajitas Golf Resort and Spa or call 877-LAJITAS for more information.

Hello Cruel World, Gretchen Peters’ eighth album and her first solo studio effort in four years, will be released in early 2012. Recorded at Patty Griffin’s East Nashville studio and coproduced with Doug Lancio (Patty Griffin, The Greencards, John Hiatt), the album features a duet with Rodney Crowell (“Dark Angel”), and guest appearances by Kim Richey, Viktor Krauss and Will Kimbrough. Peters, Lancio and coproducer Barry Walsh (Tom Russell) also utilized the talents of Robert Plant’s Band of Joy rhythm section Marco Giovino and Byron House. The album contains 11 original songs written by Peters, including collaborations with singer-songwriters Matraca Berg, Suzy Bogguss and Tom Russell.

I am deeply honored and thrilled to have been nominated for induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame! Voting officially started today, and will conclude on July 9, and the 41st Anniversary Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place Sunday, October 16, 2011 in Nashville, TN. The award is voted on by professional members of the Nashville Songwriters Association and previous Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees.

The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame boasts 179 members, including songwriting luminaries such as Max T.  Barnes, Johnny Cash, Rodney Crowell, Bob Dylan, Don and Phil Everly, Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs, Vince Gill, Harlan Howard, Bob McDill, Roger Miller, Bill Monroe, Roy Orbison, Dolly Parton, Carl Perkins, Dottie Rambo, Jimmie Rodgers, Cindy Walker, Jimmy Webb,  Hank Williams, Sr. and Hank Williams, Jr.

It’s a huge thrill to be nominated, and I’m proud and humbled to be considered for this honor.

Wine, Women & Song Live At Green’s Grocery is a live DVD recorded in Historic Leipers Fork, TN on February 24, 2011. Gretchen Peters, Suzy Bogguss and Matraca Berg sat down before an intimate audience at Green’s Grocery and ran through a set which includes some of their most beloved songs like Outbound Plane, You Don’t Even Know Who I Am, Strawberry Wine and the stunning new Black Ribbons, which they wrote together. The live DVD features 11 songs, interviews and candid footage. ORDER HERE

I’ve been in the studio for the past week working on a new album. The band consisted of Barry Walsh, Will Kimbrough, Doug Lancio, Viktor Krauss and John Gardner. They blew me away. Friday was an especially memorable day – one of my earliest songwriting heros, Rodney Crowell, came in to sing a duet with me on a new song called “Dark Angel”. We’re still working on the record; overdubbing, doing vocals, etc. I’ve been doing regular updates on Facebook and Twitter, so if you are inclined you can follow along with our progress there. I’ve also posted a lot of photos from the studio in the Photo Gallery; just click on new album recording April 2011 to see them.

No release date for the album just yet, but I will let you know just as soon as I do. I can’t wait for you to hear.