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30 Best Albums of 2018 (So Far) (review)

“Amidst a flurry of grim solitude, which serves as a shattering reflection of real life, Gretchen Peter’s new album is gilded with softness, almost hopeful in its savory nuances. “Wichita,” named one of our Best Songs of 2018 So Far, is entrenched in southern gothic folklore, a story song about a young girl’s murderous revenge, … MORE

Gretchen Peters – Dancing With The Beast (review)

…‘Dancing With The Beast’ equals or maybe even surpasses her previous work. It isn’t a bundle of laughs or full of catchy throwaway pop tunes. Rather, what you get is a fully-formed collection of great songs, beautifully sung and the musicianship around them is just note perfect. …Gretchen Peters should be spoken of in the … MORE

new video “Arguing With Ghosts”

The folks at Cowboys & Indians magazine have premiered the new video for “Arguing With Ghosts”. Filmed in Franklin, Kentucky by Joshua Britt and Neilson Hubbard of Neighborhoods Apart, the video stars Marshall Chapman and Jordyn Shellhart as the older and younger versions of the protagonist in the song. “Arguing With Ghosts” is from the new … MORE

Gretchen Peters / Kim Richey – London Cadogan Hall (live review)

…as the piano intro begins to “Truckstop Angel” or “The Boy From Rye” you appreciate that you are not just listening to songs these are little 3 or 4 minute epics. Such is the faith in the new album that it forms a large portion of the current set and it is fully justified. Gretchen … MORE

Gretchen Peters, ‘Dancing With the Beast’ (review)

…That theme of resignation, of resolve, is one that recurs often in the female characters that inhabit Beast. Peters always writes with deep sentiment, but always avoids overt sentimentality. It’s an incredibly difficult balance to strike, but one she does with grace and grit — qualities she instills in her characters, as well. The heroines … MORE

Gretchen Peters — ‘Dancing With The Beast’ (review)

2016 was an unintentionally cruel transitional year for Gretchen Peters. In the span of twelve months, she encountered a myriad of loss — her mom, her dog, and two of her best friends. The results of the US presidential election only confounded her already fragile state of mind. She turned to music to make sense … MORE

Gretchen Peters: Dancing with the Beast (review)

Hard to believe but this great singer-songwriter (whose award-winning work has been covered by everyone from Neil Diamond and George Strait to Etta James and Shania Twain) is now 60. But here she sounds as contemporary as many half her age as she deals with the lives and thoughts of women of all ages (the … MORE

Gretchen Peters at St George’s, Bristol (live review)

It’s an unforgettable moment when a performer comes down from the stage into the audience and sings a song. I saw David Bowie sing Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud from the stalls at Taunton, and now Gretchen Peters sing Love That Makes a Cup of Tea from the front row of St George’s in Bristol, both … MORE

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Belles & Gals Q&A (interview)

LH: Stories and characters are always to the fore in your songwriting, you paint pictures so well, and this collection is no exception. And once again the stories you tell here aren’t always pretty….what is it the attracts you to flawed characters and desperate situations? GP: I find these characters heroic. They persist, despite having … MORE

Dancing With The Beast – Pennyblack Music (review)

…Each of the eleven songs represents the voice of a different woman, with different life experiences, and at different ages. There is the lonely widow on ‘Arguing with Ghosts’, there’s the abused young girl in ‘Wichita’, the woman who lives as a ‘Truckstop Angel’. There is murder and revenge, loss, grief and heartache. In the … MORE

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Gretchen Peters’ Dancing With The Beast: A Survivor’s Tale (review)

If it were not for Peters’ compassion wrought in her voice, this album would be unremittingly grim and desperate. It could be where one finds oneself – not so much in nowhere but at the dark end of the street. But Peters is too insightful for that. Dancing with the Beast is a survivor’s suite; … MORE

Not A Merry Dance – Gretchen Peters’ new album is dark, but devilishly good……

…on her latest album Dancing With The Beast she re-affirms her position as the most compelling and original lyricist around – and from the off dispels any notion her astonishing turn of phrase may not be in the sublime health of old. …‘Wichita’ continues a theme Peters began on ‘Independence Day’ a song which brought renown early in her career, but this is darker … MORE