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In what sounds like an oxymoron, the inaugural U.K. Americana Awards were held this week in London, with Jason Isbell taking home the honor of International Artist of the Year. Gretchen Peters’ Blackbirds LP was named International Album of the Year. The event was held in conjunction with the two-day Americana Music Association U.K. conference. Peters, who performed … MORE
Gretchen Peters is one of those Nashville songwriters who seems to have that magic touch – much of what she writes feels instantly classic and timeless. Paired with her smoky, lived-in voice, and sweetly soulful delivery, her sound is bewitching. Her latest release, titled The Essential Gretchen Peters, is just that: essential… To read this review in … MORE
Last night at the first ever UK Americana awards ceremony in London, Blackbirds took home two awards: Best International Song and Best International Album. I’m thrilled to share the Best Song award with my cowriter, the wonderful Ben Glover; and the Best Album award with coproducers Doug Lancio and Barry Walsh. Barry and I also performed … MORE
There is a warming elegance about her and though her heartfelt songs may tackle tough topics, as you would expect, Peters massages them expertly, managing to make some of them sound almost downright soothing. A finely balanced band that gave her space but edgy support when required takes a lot of the credit for the … MORE
….from heartbreaking songs through dark murder ballads to a joyous foot-stomping rockaboogie encore, Gretchen Peters gave one of the best live performances ever seen at Aberdeen’s Lemon Tree on Monday night (Feb 1). It’s a decade since she last played Aberdeen, but her 20th Anniversary Tour date was sold out. And it didn’t take anyone who was there too long … MORE
My new album, The Essential Gretchen Peters comes out today! It’s available at my website, on iTunes, at Amazon, and for folks in the UK, at Proper Records. “It’s rare that a compilation warrants an album of the year tag, but this most certainly does.” – Folk Radio UK Track list, Disc One: 1. Hello Cruel World (from Hello … MORE
There’s a lot going on at Celtic Connections in Glasgow, Scotland this final week of the festival, and yesterday I took part in two live radio broadcasts, for BBC Radio 2 and Radio Scotland. The first show was a live, in-the-round performance which also featured Rhiannon Giddens and the duo of Teddy Thompson and Kelly … MORE
Here’s what you’ll hear before the show if you’re coming to see us on the 20th Anniversary UK Tour: For All I Know – Krista Detour (Barely) Rebel Rebel – Rickie Lee Jones (Traffic From Paradise) Des Moines – Jeffrey Foucault (Salt As Wolves) Jimmy Choos – Rickie Lee Jones (The Other Side Of Desire) … MORE
An excerpt from Folk Radio UK’s review of The Essential Gretchen Peters (release date 29 January 2016): …sandwiched between is something to send fans ecstatic, a piano-accompanied rework of Blackbirds recorded as a duet with Glover that ratchets up the song’s creepy under and overtones to the max. It’s rare that a compilation warrants an album of the year … MORE
No Depression is featuring a track from Disc Two of The Essential Gretchen Peters as a “Fresh Track” on their website. “The Cruel Mother”, a traditional folk ballad, was originally recorded in 2011 and features Barry Walsh on piano and David Henry on cello. More on The Essential Gretchen Peters: The Essential is a double album combining career-defining … MORE
I did a Q&A with the folks at Six Shooter Country in advance of my upcoming 20th Anniversary UK Tour; we talked about everything from choosing the songs for The Essential, to the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, to the influence of hip hop on country music. Here’s an excerpt: (Blackbirds has) managed to be successful at … MORE
My new double album, The Essential Gretchen Peters, is now available to pre-order (release date is January 29th. If you live in the UK or Europe, you can pre-order at Proper Records or at Amazon UK. If you live anywhere else you can pre-order at my website. Amazon US customers can pre-order here.
Preview a previously unreleased track from my upcoming album The Essential Gretchen Peters, release date January 29th. “When You Love Someone” was written with Bryan Adams and Michael Kamen, and first appeared in the 1998 film Hope Floats. And just for fun, here’s a clip of Bryan and me singing “When You Love Someone” at … MORE