This Sunday, May 3, I’ll be doing a Facebook Live event with Barry Walsh, from our house here in northwest Florida. We’re calling it Sunday Revival – after almost two months of self-isolation, we’re all in need of revival. We’ll play some songs, talk about what we’ve been reading/watching/cooking/doing during this enforced downtime, answer some of your questions about the new record – and who knows what else. Come join us Sunday afternoon at 2pm Central US Time (8pm for those of you in the UK, and 9pm in Central Europe) on my Facebook page. See you there!

American Songwriter has published a profile of “On A Bus To St. Cloud” in their series “Behind the Song”. Many thanks to them for doing a deep dive on the song, and big love always to the incredible Trisha Yearwood for believing in it and giving voice to it. She is truly a songwriter’s dream. To read the article in its entirety, visit American Songwriter.

I’ve just released a new video for the song “Little World”. As is so often the case with songs, this one has taken on a deeper meaning in this sad and strange new era. We’re all in our little worlds now, and while there’s so much sadness in our lives, there is also beauty. I’ve spent my life writing songs that draw on both, and noticing how often they appear together. Being human, we have no choice but to accept the heartache that comes in the bargain – but we get a glimpse of the beauty too. Lucky, lucky us.

Stay home, stay safe, stay well. x

Billboard magazine has debuted my new single, “Wish I Was”, from the upcoming album The Night You Wrote That Song: The Songs of Mickey Newbury. It’s the third single from the album, which comes out in digital form on May 15, and in physical form on June 19. You can preorder the album here, and hear the song, see the lyric video and read more about the album at Billboard Magazine.

In my April newsletter I mentioned that due to the COVID-19 crisis, we were reluctantly considering delaying the release date for my new album. I want to update you on the status of the release date. We will be releasing the album in digital form as planned, on May 15, 2020. We will be delaying the physical release (CDs and vinyl) until June 19, 2020.

Because many of you have already preordered the album on my website, I wanted to offer you a way to get it on May 15, well before you receive your preorder on or before June 19. If you preordered from my website, on or about May 14 you will receive an invoice for your preorder. Once you pay the invoice, you’ll receive an email from us with an exclusive download code which you can redeem immediately for a full download of the album.

I hope that those of you who ordered a CD or vinyl record will understand the reasons for the delay. Please know that I appreciate your support so much, and did not come to this decision easily. I hope that in offering you the download on May 15 you can be a part of the release of this very special album and celebrate it with me. As always, thank you for keeping independent music alive. And please, stay safe and well.

My old friend Alan Cackett, founder of the UK country music magazine Maverick and country music historian, has posted an early review of The Night You Wrote That Song: The Songs of Mickey Newbury. An excerpt:

Of all the female singers out there, Gretchen Peters is the only one that could have pulled off this ‘tribute’ to Mickey Newbury so successfully. This is not as much an album as it is a world, one that doesn’t reveal itself in haste but rather unfolds over time and through multitudinous layers. Heavily steeped in Newbury’s storyteller lyrical style and cleverly framed by uncluttered, acoustic-rich arrangements, the record breathes with nuance and space. Gretchen and her co-producer husband Barry Walsh possess a gleaming eye for detail as they create a kind of subliminal richness that seems to bring a golden light to whatever situation you find yourself listening to it in. Together they trace Newbury’s evolution as an off-trail songwriter distilling his songs into an original voice of power and depth for today’s listeners.

Thank you, Alan. To read the review in its entirety, visit alancackett.com.

Wide Open Country has debuted the second single from The Night You Wrote That Song: The Songs of Mickey Newbury, my upcoming album (May 15) of songs by one of my biggest songwriting heroes. UK fans may remember “Why You Been Gone So Long” from the Dancing With The Beast tour, where we played it as an encore song.

To listen to the single and read more about it, visit Wide Open Country. The track will be available Friday March 20 on Spotify, Apple Music and iTunes, and the album is available to preorder at my website (UK fans can also preorder at Proper Music).

It is not in a performing artist’s DNA to cancel shows, but for the health and safety of everyone, I’m sorry to announce that we have had to reschedule our March and April tour dates. While we’re still working on the east coast dates that were originally scheduled for late March, the Texas dates have already been rescheduled for September 2020. Texas shows are:

Sept 24 Houston • Coffee House Live at St. Andrews

Sept 25 Ft Worth • The Post at River East

Sept 26 Austin • Cactus Cafe

Please contact the venues with any questions about ticketing – and have patience; they are going through a lot right now with multiple cancellations and a rapidly changing situation. Stay safe and well.

Gretchen

If you follow me on social media, you probably saw my posts just after tornadoes ripped through Nashville early Tuesday morning. We were incredibly, unbelievably lucky – the twister cut through the alley behind our house, just a couple of houses away from us. We escaped with no damage. Hundreds of our neighbors were not so lucky.

I wrote an essay for The Atlantic about the tornadoes, and Nashville, and how our city dealt with both the flood in 2010 and these tornadoes in 2020. You can read it here.

In addition, if you would like to help, but don’t know how, here is a guide published by the Nashville Scene, which lists many ways to support those who have lost so much. I especially want to point out that, with East Nashville and Germantown getting most of the attention, my neighbors directly to the west and north are hurting especially badly. Those neighborhoods are primarily poor and black, and they are not getting the press that the more gentrified neighborhoods in Nashville are receiving. By sending a donation to Gideon’s Army, you’ll be directly helping people who are in disproportionate need.

From August 13-15 I’ll be teaching a three day intensive songwriting workshop in Nashville. In my Songwriting From The Inside Out workshop, we’ll explore the process of songwriting—the art and the craft, and the delicate balance between the two. We’ll learn how to keep a sense of creative play and when (and how) to welcome the inner critic into the room. We’ll find ways to work through “writer’s block.” We’ll learn that only through the specific do you achieve the universal—the holy grail in songwriting and all writing. We’ll learn to write from the inside out, beginning with the spark of an idea and following it all the way to its full realization. You’ll have a chance to play your songs for me and the class, hear from my special guests on their songwriting process, and be treated to a private concert. To find out more, visit Performing Songwriter.

Music historian and critic Robert Oermann reviewed the first single and title track from The Night You Wrote That Song: The Songs of Mickey Newbury, writing “for poetic artistry and meditation, we present Gretchen Peters”:

GRETCHEN PETERS/The Night You Wrote That Song
Writer: Mickey Newbury; Producer: none listed; Publishers: none listed; Scarlet Letter
– This is the title tune of Gretchen’s forthcoming (in May) album saluting the repertoire of her fellow Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member Mickey Newbury. He was always an outstanding poet and her languid, soulful alto brings out every nuance in this waltzing ballad’s wistful, meditative lyric. As a massive fan of both of these troubadours, I was in heaven during each and every note of this. I urge you to listen.

To read the review on the original site, visit Music Row Magazine.

The pre-sale for my upcoming album The Night You Wrote That Song: The Songs of Mickey Newbury begins on March 1st! We’ve got bundles – CDs, vinyl, limited run T-shirts, vinyl test pressings – and every preorder comes with a “Gretchen sings Mickey” diecut sticker which you can slap on your guitar case or the bumper of your car. All CDs and vinyl sold during the pre-sale will be signed. Visit my web store on March 1 to get in on the pre-sale!

Rolling Stone has reviewed the first single and title track from The Night You Wrote That Song: The Songs of Mickey Newbury:

“Peters has issued her mesmerizing take on “The Night You Wrote That Song,” the closing cut from Newbury’s 1979 LP The Sailor.”

Also included in the Rolling Stone piece is a full track listing for the album, which is due for release May 15, 2020. Pre-order at my website soon!