The Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA) is happy to announce the 2nd Annual Stars Go Blue for Colon Cancer benefit concert to be held on March 23, 2010 at 7:00pm at the Loveless Barn in Nashville, TN. The concert will feature intimate and rare acoustic performances by some of Country Music’s elite songwriters; Rodney Crowell,Gretchen PetersMike ReidBarry Walsh and Peter Cooper.
Tickets are $35 each with front row tables for 4 available for $500. 50% of the net proceeds from the Stars Go Blue for Colon Cancer concert will be donated directly to the Blue Note Fund.  The Blue Note Fund gives small monetary gifts to colon cancer patients in need.  Food and drinks will be available for purchase at the event. Tickets can be purchased online.

Interactive roots/Americana magazine The Alternate Root is putting together a Valentine’s Day sampler; songs donated by artists for free download by readers. There were over 500 submissions for the Valentine’s Day Sampler and the folks at The Alternate Root narrowed it to 33 songs as finalists – and “The Way You Move Me” is one of the finalists! The FREE sampler will contain the 24 most popular songs as voted by the readers. You must create a user account and login in order to vote. The songs are available for listening in the player on the website and the ballot is just below the player. The 24 songs with the most votes will be on the FREE sampler and the artist with the most votes will be featured in the March issue of The Alternate Root Magazine.

The “Evening of Stories and Storytellers” show with Minton Sparks and Marshall Chapman scheduled for 1/30/10 at the Rutledge has been cancelled due to inclement weather. We will be rescheduling the show some time in March and will post the new date as soon as it’s confirmed.

Gretchen has donated an exclusive track to Songs For Haiti, Paste Magazine’s campaign to raise funds for Haiti’s earthquake victims. Simply make a donation at the Paste website, and receive music as a thank-you from Paste Magazine and the artists who have made their music available for free. Gretchen’s track is a live version of Tom Russell’s song “Guadalupe”, from their album One To The Heart, One To The Head, recorded at the Maverick Saloon in Santa Ynez, CA on 9/9/09.

I’ll be online for a live chat on January 9th, 2010! Laura217 is hosting the live chat at her fansite. I’ll be there to answer questions, let you know how the songwriting is coming, quash rumors (and start some!), and find out how you are all doing. We’ll start at 3PM Central US time – early enough for those in the UK and Europe to participate. See you there!

I’ll be online for a live chat on January 9th, 2010! Laura217, whom many of you know from the forum at www.gretchenpeters.com, created a chat room for last year’s Circus Girl webcast back in August of 2009. It was such a success that we’ve decided to try another chat, only this time I’m going to be in the chat room too, instead of on the stage. Laura has organized the live chat at her fansite for January 9th. I’ll be there to answer questions, let you know how the songwriting is coming, quash rumors (and start some!), and find out how you are all doing. We’ll start at 3PM Central US time, so as to allow for our friends in the UK and Europe to participate. Pull up a chair, make a cup of tea and come chat with us at Laura’s site on Saturday Jan. 9th – see you there!