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“I don’t know why I have this attraction to characters who’ve seen a lot of s–t,” Gretchen Peters tells The Boot. She’s speaking to media in advance of her new album, Dancing With the Beast, a project that grapples with themes of darkness, death and female characters who — particularly as they age — go unheard and … MORE
9 stars of 10 Gretchen Peters consistently raises the bar and somehow manages to surpass it with each album. Her previous outing, 2015’s Blackbirds won the International Roots Album of the Year. This time she retains many of the same backing musicians and co-writers but focuses on female characters from teenage girls to old women … MORE
Pop Matters: Gretchen Peters Tells American Stories on ‘Dancing With the Beast’ Marked by an Abundance of Compassion (review)
In every song on this riveting, elegiac album, a person is caught up in emotion because of events, or, in the case of “Arguing With Ghosts”, an absence of events. Peters realises, therefore, that her first task is to act the songs, and her second, to sing them. These are a series of one-act plays, … MORE
Dancing With the Beast is an album of incredible humanity and depth, and listening to it requires the same mental engagement and emotional investment as reading a short story collection. As such, Dancing With the Beast can be a tough listen. Yet on days when your spirit is properly attuned to the everyday struggles, tragedies, … MORE
I’m going to be on Facebook Live May 18th – release day for Dancing With The Beast – coming to you live from our London rehearsal hall, where we’re rehearsing for the UK Tour which starts May 19th. Come hang out with me at my Facebook page at 6pm London time/1pm Eastern. Come say hi to … MORE
I sat down with Chuck Dauphin recently to talk about Dancing With The Beast, songs and songwriting. The interview at Music Update Central has just been published. “I have very distinct and vivid memories of being fourteen and fifteen years old and just the awakening and awareness that happens. Being with my friends, teenage girls, … MORE
9 stars out of 10 … it is quite amazing that someone can continuously turn out songs of this quality. This new album, ‘Dancing With The Beast’, is her first recording of all new material since 2016’s ‘Blackbirds’, which won her an Americana Music Association UK award for International Album of the Year as well … MORE
I had a long and interesting chat with writer Malcolm Wyatt recently; we talked about Dancing With The Beast, politics, Nashville, vinyl records and lots of other things. An excerpt: “I listen for characters, I listen for voices, I listen for titles, and the voices that were the loudest in my head when I was … MORE
When did you know a life in music was for you? I was in my late teens, still trying to figure out what I wanted to do. Making a living as a musician didn’t really occur to me, oddly enough – although music was already all-consuming for me. It was a boyfriend, and later other … MORE
…with what could just be the best album of her long running career so far, Nashville based, Gretchen Peters releases ‘Dancing with the Beast’ via Proper Records on 18th May, 2018. All the songs on this album are deep and dreamy, intense Americana tunes from the road or, just plain beautiful… To read the review … MORE
Songwriting Magazine asked me to share my Songwriting Survival Kit with them (and you) – this was a fun assignment and made me stop and think about what I really need in order to write*. *it includes naps, coffee and lots of time alone. To read the article in its entirety, visit Songwriting Magazine. Gretchen … MORE
The third single from my new album Dancing With The Beast has just premiered on Wide Open Country. “Wichita”, which Wide Open Country calls “gorgeous and haunting”, was written by myself and Ben Glover. Dancing With The Beast comes out on May 18.
…the resulting songs can be found on forthcoming album ‘Dancing with the Beast,’ which will be released May 18. The record is 50 minutes of exquisite-sounding emotional devastation, depression, murder and heartbreak, the usual subject matter for Peters, whose merchandise is emblazoned with the motto ‘Sad Songs Make Me Happy.’ “Those kind of songs are the … MORE