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This is the second in a series of blog entries about the songs on the upcoming album “Hello Cruel World”, to be released worldwide in early 2012. Most nights I come home from work and I pour a glass of wine Sometimes it’s three or four before I stop And Jesse makes a sandwich … MORE
This is the first in a series of blog entries about the songs on the upcoming album “Hello Cruel World”, to be released worldwide in early 2012. Saint Francis begging at your doorway You want to let him in but what will the neighbors say And you know you can’t go on but you can’t … MORE
Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability. — Sam Keen ******** Hello Cruel World Hello Cruel World, Gretchen Peters’ eighth album and her first solo studio effort in four years, will be released in early 2012. Recorded at Patty Griffin’s East Nashville studio and coproduced with Doug Lancio (Patty Griffin, The Greencards, John Hiatt), the … MORE
Apart from a hellish, sleepless flight to Frankfurt in a plane full of screaming babies we arrived in Germany fairly unscathed and spent a Lost In Translation 24 hours at our hotel near the airport. We met up with our tour manager, Rebecca Kemp, the next morning and headed off to Cologne, city of the … MORE
If you are coming to a show on our 2011 tour of Germany & Holland, here’s what you’ll hear before the show: Shenandoah Bill Frisell The Best of Bill Frisell, Volume 1: Folk Songs I Feel a Change Comin’ On Bob Dylan Together Through Life The Luxury of Knowing Lori McKenna Lorraine Making Memories Of … MORE
“And it’s sure been a cold, cold winter And the wind ain’t been blowin’ from the south” -Mick Jagger/Keith Richards “Winter” ******** Greetings from Nashville, where we’ve had the coldest, snowiest winter in recent memory. The snow has been beautiful (we’re not used to it here); the cold has been tolerable (if you have enough … MORE
“What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.” -T.S. Eliot ******** Happy New Year! I love new beginnings, but it helps me to frame them as T.S. Eliot does – as part of a continuum; the snake … MORE
In the bleak midwinter Frosty wind made moan, Earth stood hard as iron Water like a stone -Christina Rossetti ******** What a Year There are years, and there are Years; this has been a Year. We started out with a huge (for Nashville) blizzard, or as it was called here, The Situation 2010. The Situation … MORE
“Love is wonderful the second time around.” – Sammy Cahn ******** Just Married On October 2 at 6:00PM, Barry Walsh and I affirmed our longtime relationship before family and friends in a beautiful ceremony in a churchyard near our home in Nashville. Rodney Crowell officiated, and after the ceremony performed his song “I Know Love … MORE
“yes I said yes I will Yes.” – James Joyce Some personal news On October 2, Barry Walsh and I will be getting married here in Nashville. We’ve been friends and musical partners for 20 years. We’ve traveled thousands of miles together, shared impossibly small hotel rooms, suffered sleep deprivation and bad soundchecks, walked the … MORE
“The English summer – three fine days and a thunderstorm.” -Charles II We are back from our second trip to the UK in as many months. Re-entering the sweltering South was a rude awakening after spending ten breezy seventy-ish degree days in England, Charles II notwithstanding. The highlight of our mini-tour was Cambridge Folk Festival, … MORE
“Summer afternoon – summer afternoon;to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” – Henry James As I write this it is a summer afternoon in northwest Florida, where I am holed up writing songs for what I hope will be a new album. It’s hot – I can … MORE
“Constantly risking absurdity and death whenever he performs above the heads of his audience, the poet, like an acrobat, climbs on rhyme to a high wire of his own making.” – Lawrence Ferlinghetti We are home from England, happy to be back but still buzzing from the shows. In some ways I was more sorry … MORE