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Nashville Songwriting Workshop announced

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 … MORE

20% off everything at until Nov. 22

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 … MORE

No Depression: Gretchen Peters, Union Chapel, London (live review)

…And then, as the band left she finished the night with a new song, asking for the lights not to be turned down too low so that she could read the lyrics. Comfortable enough in front of a sold out crowd, to close out with new material, spoke volumes. She really is on top of … MORE

Live Review: Gretchen Peters gives an almighty performance at the Union Chapel

…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 … MORE

Live Review: Union Chapel, London 7 November 2017

…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 … MORE

November newsletter

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 In mid-October … MORE


There is no loss so uncomplicated as that of a beloved animal. In a relationship unadulterated by conflict, baggage, or ambivalence, the pain is sharp and pure. On Wednesday, we lost our dear Nigel, companion of 12 1/2 years, at the ripe old age of 14 1/2 or thereabouts. He found us in 2005 when … MORE

An interview with trans advocate—and hit songwriter—Gretchen Peters

I had the pleasure of speaking with Eric Patton of Out and About Nashville awhile back about being a parent and a trans ally. An excerpt: “I think a lot of people think acceptance means your child wants to be another gender or whatever, but the thing is, what people really need to understand about … MORE

London show added – only UK tour date in 2017!

I’m excited to be coming back to the beautiful Union Chapel in London this November 7th, for our only UK show of 2017 as part of the London Folk & Roots Festival. We were last there on February 16, 2016 and for me it was one of the most memorable shows in 20 years of … MORE

How It Must Remain: The Living Legacy of Jimmy LaFave

I love Jimmy LaFave. I love him as a friend and as a fellow musician, and I’d love him even if I hadn’t known him for the better part of the last 20 years. As a songwriter, I’ve been graced with not one, but two Jimmy LaFave covers (“On a Bus to St. Cloud,” which appeared on … MORE

Three Women & The Truth LIVE WEBCAST from Blue Rock

You can watch a live webcast of our Three Women and the Truth (Mary Gauthier, Eliza Gilkyson & me) show at Blue Rock Studio February 11th. Concert Window will be broadcasting the show from beautiful Blue Rock Artist Ranch & Studio LIVE at 8:00p CST. You can tune in all over the world from your computer, tablet or phone on Concert Window … MORE

Nashville Songwriting Workshop with Gretchen Peters

One of the oldest phrases in any language must be ‘tell me a story.’ Songwriting is storytelling, and telling your story in a compelling way is all about detail. It’s about what you say, and what you don’t say. It’s about the truth, not necessarily the facts. In this three day workshop, we’ll explore the … MORE

Barack’s iPod

The best Christmas present I received this year, by a mile, was learning from President Barack Obama himself that I’m on his iPod! A few days before Christmas, my husband Barry Walsh (whose full name, when he’s writing to Presidents, is James Barry Walsh) received a personal response to a letter he’d written to Obama. That would … MORE