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One small story with Gretchen Peters

Like so many people, Gretchen Peters woke up on Nov. 9, 2016 dazed and wondering how to proceed with her work. It took some time, but her response to the presidential election came in her 2018 album Dancing with the Beast (Scarlet Letter Records). Suffused with regrets, backward glances, and sublimated anger, it’s a gorgeous, often … MORE

new Sodajerker podcast

Just released – a new episode of Sodajerker, a fascinating podcast where co-hosts Simon Barber and Brian O’Connor have an in-depth conversation with a songwriter. This week that songwriter happens to be me. It was great to sit down and talk with them about songs and songwriting. From Sodajerker: Country noir superstar Gretchen Peters explains … MORE

Gretchen Peters The Queens Hall Edinburgh Review Sunday 5th May 2019

…there is always one thing holding everything together in any work of Gretchen Peters, and that is the clear mark of a master storyteller at work. There are few songwriters of Gretchen Peter’s quality out there at the moment (or any moment) and although her songs cover many diverse subjects it is as a writer … MORE

The Mistress Of Americana at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds 23/04/2019

…Peters’ style is stripped back, raw and melodic and the purity of her voice lends itself beautifully to the most majestic of songs. The soulful smoothness of Say Grace, from her 2018 album Dancing With The Beast, was simply stunning; while The Matador, where she was joined on stage by Seonaid from the accompanying Southern Fried String Quartet, … MORE

GIG REVIEW: Gretchen Peters – Live At Cadogan Hall, London

“…Even after accommodating Walsh’s grand piano and a podium for the string quartet the stage looked spacious. The Cadogan’s acoustics were perfect and filled to its 950 capacity it was the ideal setting for an evening of musical engrossment. And how that was rewarded. Peters pulled no punches with her opener ‘When All You Got … MORE

Dolly, Loretta and Me – new essay at Tidal Music

Many thanks to Tidal for the opportunity to write about two of my biggest heroes, Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn. This essay was published March 7, 2019 to mark Women’s History Month. An excerpt: “My real education in songwriting began that night. You have to be real. The songs come from a place that lives … MORE

Dallas Morning News – live review (Lewisville, TX MCL Grand Theatre)

When it comes to poetry, I can think of no other songwriter who gets it the way Gretchen Peters does. A member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Peters wrote “Independence Day,” which became a huge hit for Martina McBride. “Independence Day” catapulted Peters to the Country Music Association’s Song of the Year award … MORE

Transatlantic Sessions – Derry, NI (live review)

Florida’s Disney Resort, a palm tree in Fiji and an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico – ideas for songs and tunes often emerge from the strangest of circumstances as a packed weekend audience at the Millennium Forum in Derry learned during the final concert of the TransAtlantic Sessions tour. A musical concept that … MORE

Transatlantic Sessions: Celtic Connections Review (Folk Radio UK)

A guaranteed best seller every time, Transatlantic Sessions starts its annual perambulation around the U.K. each year as a fixture in the Celtic Connections programme. The formula is simple enough; a, more or less, constant group of musicians, most from over here but a few from over there, joined by a handful of guests, different … MORE