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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
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
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
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
Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow Figures from the US and UK folk traditions pooled their talents into a 16-strong jam band, and alternated between the spine-tingling and the rollicking by Graeme Virtue 4 out of 5 stars. Towards the end of this epic gig, US dobro guitar-slinger and laid-back master of ceremonies Jerry Douglas addresses the … MORE
This year’s edition of the Celtic and American traditional music roadshow generated as much collective energy as ever -by Clive Davis ★★★★☆ Another evening, another party. No concert series I know of is as downright joyous as these long-running celebrations of Celtic and American traditional music. Year in, year out, the fiddler Aly Bain and … MORE
As part of the Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow, Scotland, we performed a live set for BBC Two Scotland at the beautiful Cottier’s Theatre, originally Dowanhill Parish Church. It was a stunning backdrop for music, particularly appropriate for “Say Grace”. You can watch our performance of “Say Grace” here, and watch “Arguing With Ghosts” here. The whole … MORE
…usually Gretchen Peters, Mary Gauthier, and Eliza Gilkyson, last night’s show took place sans the third, who was sick. Instead, newcomer and former student of the other two Jaimee Harris stepped in. Always accompanied by pianist Barry Walsh, the songwriters switched off in a roundtable format, perhaps accompanied by the other two on guitar or … MORE
Many thanks to The Bitter Southerner for publishing “Concealer”. The idea for this essay had been percolating in me for some time, and more than a few of the songs from Dancing With The Beast touch on the ideas in this piece – perhaps most directly, “The Boy From Rye”: …that moment when adolescent girls realize … MORE
I’m honored to be included on these year-end “best of 2018” lists: Americana Highways Editor’s Pick: The Dirty Dozen Top Albums Of 2018 -“The Stories, oh dear god, The Stories. Peters know how to draw out real cathartic release for the saddest parts of our collective unconsciouses, all set to a full band sound. These songs … MORE
Thanks to Whisky Quarterly and editor Dominic Roskrow for the 2 page feature in the new issue (available by subscription)!
The Black Friday sale at gretchenpeters.com starts November 23rd! Save 20% storewide starting 23 November through 27 November (Cyber Monday) – just use the discount code blackfriday at checkout. In addition, the Blackbirds and Hello Cruel World CDs are on sale for just $5 apiece! Visit the web store starting Friday, November 23rd to shop. *20% … MORE
I will be facilitating a three day intensive songwriting workshop in conjunction with Performing Songwriter in 2019. Each of these workshops is limited to a small number of registrants to ensure a personal and unmatched experience with one-on-one access to the teachers. We will dig deep into the art and the craft of songwriting. You’ll leave … MORE