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Protest Song

Kelly McCartney of The Bluegrass Situation asked me to share some thoughts post-election. I don’t normally post political items on my website. I know people come here for updates on musical things. But these are not normal times. Like virtually all my musician friends who have spoken out, I’ve been on the receiving end of … MORE

Remembering Leonard Cohen

Thanks to WMOT and Craig Havighurst for giving me the opportunity to remember the great Leonard Cohen. His influence on me was profound and lifelong. I’m so grateful to have seen him perform (I flew to Portland, OR in 2010 to catch his show there since I was on the road when he came to … MORE

Taking a break

Tomorrow I’ll be playing my last set in the UK (my second home, it seems) for awhile. The usual scrapes, bruises and bumps – proverbial and actual – aside, the road has treated us well. It’s been a pleasure and a privilege to play with this incredible band. I’m a little emotional about this tour coming … MORE

Live session on BBC Radio Scotland (listen again)

In case you missed it, Barry Walsh and I dropped in at BBC Radio Scotland in Edinburgh to visit with Edi Stark on the Janice Forsyth Show. We had a chat and played “Five Minutes” live. You can listen at the link, which will be available for the next 27 days. Many thanks to BBC … MORE

Live review: Mareel, Shetland Islands (The Shetland Times)

Peters is renowned as a fantastic songwriter, having penned hits for the likes of Martina McBride, Shania Twain, Etta James and Trisha Yearwood. And oh, did the songwriting shine. Her ballads conjured up images of an America now lost; of working class families, love and loss, heartbreak, and everything in between. The Grammy-nominated folk/country/Americana star was … MORE

Live review: Mareel, Shetland Islands (The Shetland Times)

Grammy-nominated songstress Gretchen Peters delivered a tear-jerking, spine-shivering setlist at Mareel on Tuesday evening. Accompanied by partner and polished pianist Barry Walsh the pair interwove tales of love, last-gasp cigarettes and heartbreak in a profound and moving collection of songs. At times Peters left her soul bare under the cosy stage lights, with such searing … MORE

The Secret of Life turns 20! Live Facebook event

On June 4, 1996, my debut album, The Secret Of Life, was released, and we’re celebrating the 20th anniversary with a live Facebook event! Join me and Barry Walsh this June 4th at 1pm Nashville time (Central Daylight Time) for a live chat on Facebook – we’ll answer your questions, reminisce about recording TSOL, play a few … MORE


2017 marks the 10th edition of Cayamo – the grandaddy of roots music cruises – and I’m excited to announce I’ll be onboard! Cayamo sails from Tampa on February 19th – stops include Roatan, Honduras and Cozumel, Mexico – and the lineup is incredible: Emmylou Harris, Brandi Carlile, Patty Griffin, Richard Thompson, Buddy Miller, Rodney Crowell, Steve Earle, Kacey Musgraves. Paul Thorn, Shawn Mullins, Aoife O’Donovan, Parker Milsap, The Secret Sisters, Amy Helm, Angaleena … MORE

Songwriting Workshop in Edinburgh, Scotland

I’m so excited to announce my first multi-day songwriting workshop in the UK. The two day intensive workshop will be held in Edinburgh, Scotland on July 28 & 29 at The Queen’s Hall. Among other things, we’ll cover: • Writing authentically: how to build the back story for your characters • Using detail and imagery • How to keep your … MORE

Live review: Three Women & the Truth, Mucky Duck (Houston)

…while the tone was a bit dark, the performances were dazzling. Particularly affecting were Peters’ “The Matador,” an ambivalent love story full of rich imagery; Gilkyson’s “Easy Rider,” a touching tribute to her father, folksinger and songwriter Terry Gilkyson, one of whose groups was The Easy Riders; and Gauthier’s classic “Mercy Now,” which earned one … MORE

Blackbirds in Top Ten UK Country Best-Sellers has revealed the top ten best-selling UK country albums for the past 12 months, and Blackbirds comes in at #8. One of only two independent albums on the chart (the other is Steve Earle’s Terraplane), the album sits among releases from major label releases from Sony and Universal. Amazing! Love and thanks to the team – Proper Records, Moneypenny … MORE

Sad Songs Make Me Happy – BBC Radio 2 Country

Tonight I guest hosted my own radio show on BBC Radio 2’s country pop-up station. “Sad Songs Make Me Happy” aired at 9pm GST – but you can listen again via the BBC’s website. I’ve also made a Spotify playlist with all the songs I selected – you can subscribe to that playlist here. Thanks … MORE

Live review: Union Chapel, London

“This was the 20th anniversary of her debut album and her first small scale UK shows, and there was definitely a sense of (respectful) celebration in the air. Peters seems to be one of those artists who is more loved in the UK than at home, and she appears to be genuinely appreciative of her … MORE