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From The Tennessean: …in making her Ryman debut, newcomer Brittany Spencer sang a riveting take of “Independence Day” for Gretchen Peters, who tearfully watched from the Ryman pews; Peters and (Curly) Putnam joined (Loretta) Lynn in earning a Poet’s Award. “I was a fool to think I wouldn’t cry,” Peters said, adding: “I really believe that songwriting is … MORE
I had a great conversation with writer Kim Ruehl for her Folk Alley podcast “Why We Write” a few weeks ago. The episode is out today and we covered all manner of topics, from failure to the importance of rhyme, and much more. You can listen at Folk Alley. More from Kim: Gretchen Peters has … MORE
The Academy of Country Music announced today the recipients of the Special Awards for the 56th Academy of Country Music Awards. I’m honored to be receiving the Poet’s Award from the Academy this summer, at an event taking place Wednesday, August 25, 2021 at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. More from the ACM: Honorees will be … MORE
I’m happy to say all of my UK tour dates which were canceled due to COVID have been rescheduled, and are now on sale. If you had a ticket to a canceled show it will be honored by the venue. Please contact the venue with any questions. Shows from 25 March through 2 April 2022 … MORE
I had a great time talking with Thomas Mooney for his Neon Eon podcast, which focuses on 90s country music. We talked about songwriting, Music Row during the 90s country boom, and of course, Independence Day. You can listen to the podcast on Apple podcasts, or anywhere you get your podcasts.
I spoke with Andrew Daly of Vinyl Writer recently. Here’s an excerpt from the interview: I think that when you are telling stories, you are always telling your story. In songwriting it’s more important to tell the truth than the facts. And your truth is informed by your story. So when I’m writing a story … MORE
I’m happy to announce a brand new February Master Class with my friend Mary Gauthier. We’re teaming up to bring you “Writing Songs from Behind Someone Else’s Eyes.” In this workshop, we’ll take a deep dive into creating authentic narrators, breaking through writer’s block, and tapping into the power of empathy. We’ll also have a VERY special guest … MORE
The Night You Wrote That Song: The Songs of Mickey Newbury landed in No Depression’s year-end reader’s poll of the best albums of 2020. I’m so proud of this project and thrilled that Mickey’s songs have reached some new ears. Thanks to all of the No Depression readers who voted for this “little record that … MORE
Many thanks to AllMusic.com for naming The Night You Wrote That Song: The Songs of Mickey Newbury one of the best Americana albums of the year. From AllMusic: ****One of America’s finest songwriters offers a deep, revelatory dive into the songs of the late, great Mickey Newbury. This was a really a special project to … MORE
I’m very proud to announce that my latest album, The Night You Wrote That Song: The Songs of Mickey Newbury, has been included in Folk Alley’s Top 20 of 2020. This was a labor of love project, something I wanted to do for years but with no idea how it would be received. Mickey Newbury had a … MORE
Happy Halloween! I’ve just released “The Cruel Mother”, a Child Ballad from the 17th century which has been sung myriad times since, with varying melodies, lyrics and even with different titles (The Greenwood Side, Greenwood Sidey, etc.) . It’s a ghost story – most certainly meant as a cautionary tale for unwed mothers. Barry Walsh … MORE
I talked with Brandon Harrington recently for his podcast, Surviving The Music Industry. We had a wide (really wide!) ranging chat and you can listen to the whole thing wherever you get your favorite podcasts. Or click on the link below. From SMI: Daughter of a screen and Civil-Rights writer and housewife Gretchen Peters fully … MORE
It’s important to pause and consider this album for what it really is – an homage to Mickey Newbury, a songwriter who shaped Gretchen Peters’ own lyrical scope, for sure, but also an album where Peters, a gifted songwriter in her own right, offers, above all else, respect. The Songs Of Mickey Newbury isn’t a … MORE