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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

Live review: The Artrix, Bromsgrove

“A twentieth anniversary has connotations of being in the coming of age bracket and the full band show of Gretchen Peters did just that during this current celebratory tour of Britain. Gretchen’s talent as a singer-songwriter is sealed in the vault and her musical relationship with Barry Walsh has been cast in gold for a … MORE

Live review: The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh

“Tonight at The Queen’s Hall was the last date here in the UK on Gretchen Peters’  20th Anniversary tour, and also as the UK was really the place that appreciated the songs first, 20 years since her first UK tour.  Also out now is a retrospective double CD album “The Essential Gretchen Peters” which has … MORE

“The Essential” review – Folk & Tumble

“‘The Essential Gretchen Peters’… combines her career-defining creations with the lesser spotted, rare outtakes, demos and B-sides that only an artist both confident and comfortable, yet courageous and acute could do… Her lyrics are often intensely poetic, ferociously potent and unmasking both her power and her glory. Ranging from Shakespearian high drama, driven by dark forces of … MORE

Live review: The Artrix, Bromsgrove

“…having fallen for her last few albums and indeed the retrospective Essential collection attending was an absolute no-brainer, but despite devouring Gretchen’s recorded output nothing had prepared me for such a mesmeric performance. Gretchen took to the stage ably backed by Barry Walsh (keyboards, accordion, husband), Conor McCreanor (bass) and Colm McClean (guitar/pedal steel) and … MORE

Live review: Union Chapel, London

“Similarly, when Peters goes solo with Independence Day on the piano and If Heaven there’s a palpable vulnerability in both songs that is incredibly moving. And this depth is maintained as she criss-crosses through her catalogue, though mainly from the just released Essential collection, other stand outs are the grim Black Ribbons and the beautiful … MORE

Live review: The Artrix, Bromsgrove

“…The attentive audience is treated to something approaching a masterclass in this type of thing. Stretching at close to two hours, the career spanning setlist is one of frequent thrills. The breadth of her material hits home too. “Guadeloupe” is desolate, “Hello Cruel World” is bluesy and “Woman On The Wheel” has a touch of … MORE

“The Essential” review – Alan Cackett

“…She is a storyteller, her characters wearing her experience… she pens with a perception of why we do what we do in a way that buries a little of each of us in the story. She takes you to the fringes of society and shows you that there is hope, and compassion. Truth telling works … MORE

Live review: Union Chapel, London

“…It’s hard to imagine a time when she wasn’t enrapturing thousands of dedicated music fans every night, but as she explained early on in the show, this was not always the case. This year is the 20th anniversary of her debut album ‘The Secret of Life’, which she joked was “met by universal indifference” by everyone … MORE

“The Essential” review – Folk & Roots

“This year, Nashville-based singer-songwriter Gretchen will celebrate 20 years as a recording artist, and this well-stocked two-disc compilation serves as much more than a career retrospective, for it presents on its second disc a whole hour’s worth of demos, work tapes and live recordings that’s worth the price of the set on its own…” To … MORE

UK Americana Awards – Songwriting Magazine

Danny And The Champions Of The World and Gretchen Peters were the big winners at the first UK Americana Awards in London’s St John at Hackney yesterday evening. Danny and The Champions took home UK Artist, Album and Song Of The Year awards and Gretchen won International Album and Song Of The Year. Set to … MORE