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  • Gretchen Peters | Gretchen Peters | Page 2
    Music has published its list of their 1 songs of 2015 and Pretty Things has made the list From NPR Music Hidden inside our enormous year end Songs We Love 2015 app 401 songs across a dozen genres compiled by NPR Music and our public radio partners is a playlist of 61 jewels the ones we loved the best We polled our entire team including dozens of hosts from around the country and these are the songs we singled out Gretchen Peters Pretty Things Peters manages to distill decades of negative thoughts into a single song that gives me goosebumps and makes my eyes well up every time I hear it Elena See Folk Alley Posted in News Leave a comment Blackbirds in The Bluegrass Situation s Class of 2015 By Gretchen Peters December 19 2015 The Bluegrass Situation has released its year end list The Class of 2015 and Blackbirds has been named Most likely to help you through some dark dark times From The Bluegrass Situation website MOST LIKELY TO HELP YOU THROUGH SOME DARK DARK TIMES GRETCHEN PETERS BLACKBIRDS On Blackbirds Gretchen Peters stretches out her glorious wings and soars into some deep valleys This album offers not so much a light at the end of the tunnel as a candle along the way To see the full list visit The Bluegrass Situation Posted in News Leave a comment Blackbirds appears on Folk Alley s Best of 2015 By Gretchen Peters December 19 2015 Blackbirds appears on multiple year end lists at Folk Alley Kelly McCartney s 10 Best Records Made in Music City U S A Though she cut her songwriting teeth in country Gretchen Peters has made her artist s name in Americana and Blackbirds has etched it into the hearts and minds of fans around the world this year For mature audiences only this album casts a long and lovely shadow as it walks head on into some tough emotional terrain Elena See s Top 10 Albums of 2015 Provoking Gretchen Peters pushes me with this record She s forcing me to think of things I might not want to consider Pretty Things for example is a heartbreaking song that inspires tears and rage in equal turns And add to that the intense and creepy story she shares in the title track no surprise that this record is on repeat on my playlist To see all the lists and read about the music chosen visit Folk Alley Posted in News Leave a comment Lineup announced for UK Americana awards By Gretchen Peters December 19 2015 I m excited to be able to announce that I ll be performing at the UK Americana awards show in London on February 3rd along with Billy Bragg and other UK nominees The musical director for the show is Ethan Johns Blackbirds is nominated in three categories Here s the official word from the AMA UK The UK Americana Awards show is promising to be something quite special Not

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  • Gretchen Peters | Gretchen Peters | Page 3
    by a major American songwriter For those of us who lived through the assassination of President John F Kennedy on Nov 22 1963 the shock will never go away Songwriter Gretchen Peters had just turned 6 when Walter Cronkite announced on CBS News From Dallas Texas the flash apparently official President Kennedy died at 1 p m Central Standard Time Peters and her family lived in Westchester County near New York City where her father William Peters was a colleague of Cronkite s a producer for CBS Reports and the protégé of broadcasting legend Edward R Murrow Years later his daughter would turn not to journalism but to music as her way of making sense of the world Now 58 she has recorded 10 solo albums and in 2014 was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Her 2012 album Hello Cruel World contains a gem of a song in cut No 10 Idlewild takes its name from the New York City airport that would come to be known as JFK soon after the president s death To read this feature in its entirety visit The Dallas Morning News Posted in News Leave a comment Gretchen Peters Blackbirds nominated for 3 UK Americana Awards By Gretchen Peters November 19 2015 The UK Americana award nominations have been announced and I m thrilled to announce that Blackbirds has received three nominations the maximum that it is eligible for The nominations are International Album of the Year Blackbirds Gretchen Peters produced by Doug Lancio Gretchen Peters Barry Walsh International Artist of the Year Gretchen Peters International Song of the Year Blackbirds Gretchen Peters written by Gretchen Peters and Ben Glover My touring history in the UK goes all the way back to my first album 20 years ago and I couldn t be prouder or happier to receive these nominations from a place that s sustained and supported me throughout my career I look forward to seeing everyone at the awards show in February To see the full list of nominees visit AMA UK Posted in News Leave a comment Folk Alley interview and new lyric video By Gretchen Peters November 10 2015 From Folk Alley Singer songwriter Gretchen Peters has had quite a year Following the universally praised release of Blackbirds in February she has toured the U S and abroad almost non stop with another 2016 tour slated to mark the 20th anniversary of her debut album The Secret of Life In the here and now as 2015 tip toes toward a close Peters looks back on her very busy and very fulfilling year Kelly McCartney You ve had quite a ride this year with Blackbirds How s that feeling and how do you follow it up Gretchen Peters It was quite unexpected and I m really thrilled Everyone was saying How will you follow up Hello Cruel World and I got to the point where I just didn t want to hear that any more You can t

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  • Gretchen Peters | Gretchen Peters | Page 51
    and played Buckingham that very night Our tour manager merch man nanny Paul Sawyer kept us on the right left side of the road while we absolutely flew through England Hotel venue hotel van hotel rinse repeat We raced through six great English shows including especially magical nights in Maidstone Bath and Stockton On Tees How lucky are we to see so many familiar faces again meet some new ones and play to packed houses every night After a very rainy stay in Bath we were off to Amsterdam to finish the 14 with a show that night in Lage Vuursche and two more before a blessed and much anticipated day off In Lage Vuursche I was presented with a birthday cake a bottle of champagne and 160 Dutch people serenading me with Lang Zal Ze Leven the Dutch birthday song I had a good excuse it was my birthday Can t think of a better way to spend it The last night of the 14 we played in Eindhoven Thanks to a tip from George one of our New York fans who travels there regularly we booked a dinner table at Antonio s restaurant nearby and had an amazing meal the best of the tour so far That would have been enough but Muziekcentrum Frits Philips turned out to be our new favorite venue in Holland a gorgeous theater with pristine sound and a nine foot Steinway piano We had a great crowd where did all these people come from and sailed through the last night of the 14 We spent our first day off in 2 weeks in Den Haag where we stayed with our hosts Lenny Hein in their gorgeous house near the Fred Frederik Hendrikslaan a major shopping street We savored every minute lingered in a cafe over cappuccino with the cafe s resident dog Sam shopped in a great bookstore walked to the harbor and generally lazed around Lenny had prepared a fabulous rijsttafel and that evening we were treated to a great dinner party with lots of wine lots of food and lots of fun So much for being good rijsttafel in Den Haag While in the Netherlands we played three shows with our old friend John Lester on upright bass which was great fun and added some class and bottom end to the whole affair The Dutch dates were all in wildly different venues but with uniformly sweet and enthusiastic audiences It was also very gratifying to see how the audience size had grown since last time it s nice to know you re making some sort of impression The One To The Heart One To The Head album has been very popular in Holland so we added in some more songs from it including If I Had A Gun and Snowin On Raton In many cases there was recognition applause at the beginning of the songs even though we were mostly playing in cities where we d never been Amazing to feel the impact an album can have before you even get the chance to introduce it personally The very last show of the tour was Bush Hall in London and between Barry and me we thought it was the very best I guess after 22 you find your rhythm We had a packed out room a grand piano a very demonstrative audience especially for London and great sound What more can you ask See you in May flying through England x G Posted in Blog Leave a comment 2009 European Tour walk in music By Gretchen Peters November 19 2009 Here s what you ve been listening to before the show Lost Night Bill Frisell from his wonderful Disfarmer album That s Alright Mama Bill Frisell King of the Road Rufus Wainright Teddy Thompson Blackberry Winters David Mead Streets Of Baltimore Gram Parsons I Feel A Change Comin On Bob Dylan Almost And Always David Mead American Dirt Matthew Ryan Sicily David Mead They Were Wrong Matthew Ryan The Last DJ Tom Petty I Only Want To Be The Man You Love Matthew Ryan Sleeping In Saturday David Mead It Could ve Been Worse Matthew Ryan Little Boats David Mead Disfarmer Theme Bill Frisell Posted in Blog Leave a comment Grace By Gretchen Peters November 19 2009 You say grace before meals All right But I say grace before the concert and the opera and grace before the play and pantomime and grace before I open a book and grace before sketching painting swimming fencing boxing walking playing dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink G K Chesterton We re in the midst of a long stretch of touring including the longest European tour we ve ever done It s been a little daunting thinking about being gone for a solid month We ll be spending Halloween in Northern Ireland my birthday in the Netherlands and Thanksgiving recuperating from the inevitable slings and arrows of a month on the road But this November I will be giving thanks for things too numerous to count I have had an amazing year in a several years long run of them the opportunity to play music for more of you than ever before some utterly inspiring and surprising collaborations with artists whose work I love the recognition of my peers for music I m proud of the opportunity to travel to my heart s content and the creative and yes sometimes exhausting life I get to live because of you I am not overstating the case when I say I am grateful every single day Thank you for coming to the shows buying the CDs listening to the words believing in the songs new gretchenpeters com website New website At the time of this writing we re days away from launching the brand new www gretchenpeters com website If you re surfing the web and see something that looks like the photo above stay awhile and have a look around

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  • News | Gretchen Peters | Page 4
    comment Three Women combines longtime friends and storytelling power Chicago Tribune By Gretchen Peters September 24 2015 Longtime friends Gretchen Peters Mary Gauthier and Eliza Gilkyson have written a passel of great songs The respected singer songwriters bring distinction and camaraderie to the stage when they join forces for their Three Women and the Truth tour an evening of music and stories I love them both says Peters about her cohorts Combined we have years of accumulated wisdom mostly the hard way There s something about being out with a couple of other women of an age let s say where we ve all been there and done that There s an ease because we re all past the potential pitfalls We re all honestly fans of one another s work To read this article in its entirety view it at The Chicago Tribune website Posted in News Leave a comment Blackbirds review Sydney Australia Morning Herald By Gretchen Peters September 17 2015 she sings within herself as if standing at the piano in a small hall firm footed but intimate in Everything Falls Away light but grounded in When You Comin Home and with unadorned emotion in the captivating Jubilee Her lyrical territory is love and death s intrusion in our lives and how to survive them While more contemporary sounding Peters is as adept as Rawlings and Welch at skipping false niceties telling us in the barely held in anguish of The Cure For The Pain that the cure for the pain is the pain to read this review in its entirety visit the Sydney Morning Herald Posted in News Leave a comment Live review Mucky Duck Houston TX By Gretchen Peters September 11 2015 At her Aug 30 show in Houston Nashville based singer songwriter Gretchen Peters seemed a bit surprised but very pleased to be playing to a near capacity audience on a Sunday evening She and Barry Walsh her husband and musical partner rewarded the crowd at McGonigel s Mucky Duck with an excellent performance that drew heavily from her most recent album Blackbirds but also included older material a few covers and even a solo turn by Walsh continued To read this review in its entirety visit Americana Music News website Posted in News Leave a comment Feature Independence Day changed listeners lives from The Tennessean By Gretchen Peters September 11 2015 If there s anything autobiographical about her song Independence Day Gretchen Peters thinks she did it subconsciously The songwriter was 8 years old when her parents were divorced just the like the little girl that narrates the Martina McBride hit But while her song was mostly a piece of fiction Peters has met countless fans who have really lived some part of Independence Day a story of a woman who breaks a vicious cycle of domestic abuse by burning her family s house down She reflected on the impact of Independence Day with Bart Herbison of Nashville Songwriters Association International To read

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  • News | Gretchen Peters | Page 5
    with an inner compass and your job is to nurture it protect it and follow it For young women in the music business especially there are so many points in your career where you will be told to let someone else handle it or that you need help or that you must offer up your sexuality as part of your package Beware and be aware What do you most love about touring I love the fact that life is reduced to a very simple equation Reality is suspended for the duration of the tour and at the end of the day you get to do what you love most It s the circus it s heaven Is there a particularly special song on the album That s a little like asking someone which one is their favorite child I can t choose a favorite but I will say that the song Jubilee is very personal to me My mother is in her 90s and she is an inspiration and a lesson in living well I wrote the song in one afternoon and recorded it the next day I was in tears the whole time If you could describe your new album in three words what would they be Dark Deep Real Posted in News Leave a comment Gretchen Peters Talks Rickie Lee Jones The Other Side of Desire By Gretchen Peters June 30 2015 I ve written another review for The Talkhouse this time it s Rickie Lee Jones new album The Other Side of Desire I ll tell you up front it s a heartbreakingly honest and beautiful album by an artist whose work I ve respected admired and loved since I was twenty one What s most meaningful to me though is Rickie Lee s response at the end of the review I m honored You can read the review and her comments here Other pieces I ve written for The Talkhouse include a Valentine s Day essay on why it s so hard to write a good love song and a review of Mark Knopfler s new album Tracker Posted in News Leave a comment Live review The Assembly Leamington Spa UK By Gretchen Peters June 29 2015 There is certainly nothing like an appearance at the Glastonbury Festival to give Gretchen Peters an extra kick in her step Two years ago she was still on a high after playing the prestigious event when rounding off her UK tour in Bromsgrove a day later In 2015 it was another Midlands venue that hosted Gretchen albeit this time on the eve of her festival appearance The Assembly at Leamington Spa with its excellent sonic environment has been acknowledged by Gretchen as a particular favourite on the UK circuit to the extent that it was the scene of the infamous back stage Couch by Couch West video on their last visit With the anticipation of the following day s gig spurring the band and her on Gretchen didn t

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  • BANDAGED TOGETHER | Gretchen Peters
    The BBC Children in Need Appeal Many thanks to Terry Wogan Hellen Bach and Norman Macintosh for making it happen Posted in News Facebook Twitter YouTube Pinterest Instagram Search for Upcoming Shows Rhyl UK Feb 09 Pavilion Theatre East Parade Rhyl LL18 3AQ UK 01745 33 00 00 20th Anniversary Tour Harpenden UK Feb 10 Harpenden Public Halls Southdown Road Harpenden AL5 1PD UK 01582 767525 20th Anniversary Tour Bexhill On Sea UK Feb 11 De La Warr Pavilion Marina Bexhill Bexhill On Sea TN40 1DP UK 01424 229 111 20th Anniversary Tour Buxton UK Feb 13 Pavilion Arts Centre Water Street Buxton SK17 6XN UK 01298 72190 20th Anniversary Tour High Wycombe UK Feb 14 Old Town Hall St Mary St High Wycombe HP11 2XE UK 01494 512 000 20th Anniversary Tour London UK Feb 16 Union Chapel Compton Terrace London N1 2UN UK 0207 226 1686 20th Anniversary Tour Sheffield UK Feb 18 Sheffield City Hall Barker s Pool Sheffield S1 2JA UK 0114 2 789 789 20th Anniversary Tour Bromsgrove UK Feb 19 Artrix Slideslow Drive Bromsgrove B60 1PQ UK 01527 577330 SOLD OUT Bingley UK Feb 20 Bingley Arts Centre Main Street Bingley BD16 2LZ UK 01274 567983 SOLD OUT Edinburgh Scotland Feb 21 The Queen s Hall 89 Clerk Street Edinburgh EH8 9JG Scotland 0131 668 2019 20th Anniversary Tour View All Shows Twitter Tweets by gretchenpeters More From Gretchen Peters Burnt Toast Offerings You have to watch the quiet ones Sometimes the loudest truths are served with a whisper Gretchen Peters who has written some of country s most intelligent songs of life s complications offers a hushed benediction for a woman emerging from the chilled over remains of what is truly not enough to flower into full potential Holly Gleason No Depression More

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  • NEW VIDEO – THE COWBOY TRAIN | Gretchen Peters
    09 Pavilion Theatre East Parade Rhyl LL18 3AQ UK 01745 33 00 00 20th Anniversary Tour Harpenden UK Feb 10 Harpenden Public Halls Southdown Road Harpenden AL5 1PD UK 01582 767525 20th Anniversary Tour Bexhill On Sea UK Feb 11 De La Warr Pavilion Marina Bexhill Bexhill On Sea TN40 1DP UK 01424 229 111 20th Anniversary Tour Buxton UK Feb 13 Pavilion Arts Centre Water Street Buxton SK17 6XN UK 01298 72190 20th Anniversary Tour High Wycombe UK Feb 14 Old Town Hall St Mary St High Wycombe HP11 2XE UK 01494 512 000 20th Anniversary Tour London UK Feb 16 Union Chapel Compton Terrace London N1 2UN UK 0207 226 1686 20th Anniversary Tour Sheffield UK Feb 18 Sheffield City Hall Barker s Pool Sheffield S1 2JA UK 0114 2 789 789 20th Anniversary Tour Bromsgrove UK Feb 19 Artrix Slideslow Drive Bromsgrove B60 1PQ UK 01527 577330 SOLD OUT Bingley UK Feb 20 Bingley Arts Centre Main Street Bingley BD16 2LZ UK 01274 567983 SOLD OUT Edinburgh Scotland Feb 21 The Queen s Hall 89 Clerk Street Edinburgh EH8 9JG Scotland 0131 668 2019 20th Anniversary Tour View All Shows Twitter Tweets by gretchenpeters More From Gretchen Peters Burnt Toast Offerings You have to watch the quiet ones Sometimes the loudest truths are served with a whisper Gretchen Peters who has written some of country s most intelligent songs of life s complications offers a hushed benediction for a woman emerging from the chilled over remains of what is truly not enough to flower into full potential Holly Gleason No Depression More Info Gretchen Peters If Peters 96 debut The Secret of Life had the answers her edgier follow up poses the questions mostly about how to navigate rough emotional terrain Full of surprises Eddie s First

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  • GRETCHEN ON “FRONT ROW” – THE COWBOY TRAIN | Gretchen Peters
    UK Feb 09 Pavilion Theatre East Parade Rhyl LL18 3AQ UK 01745 33 00 00 20th Anniversary Tour Harpenden UK Feb 10 Harpenden Public Halls Southdown Road Harpenden AL5 1PD UK 01582 767525 20th Anniversary Tour Bexhill On Sea UK Feb 11 De La Warr Pavilion Marina Bexhill Bexhill On Sea TN40 1DP UK 01424 229 111 20th Anniversary Tour Buxton UK Feb 13 Pavilion Arts Centre Water Street Buxton SK17 6XN UK 01298 72190 20th Anniversary Tour High Wycombe UK Feb 14 Old Town Hall St Mary St High Wycombe HP11 2XE UK 01494 512 000 20th Anniversary Tour London UK Feb 16 Union Chapel Compton Terrace London N1 2UN UK 0207 226 1686 20th Anniversary Tour Sheffield UK Feb 18 Sheffield City Hall Barker s Pool Sheffield S1 2JA UK 0114 2 789 789 20th Anniversary Tour Bromsgrove UK Feb 19 Artrix Slideslow Drive Bromsgrove B60 1PQ UK 01527 577330 SOLD OUT Bingley UK Feb 20 Bingley Arts Centre Main Street Bingley BD16 2LZ UK 01274 567983 SOLD OUT Edinburgh Scotland Feb 21 The Queen s Hall 89 Clerk Street Edinburgh EH8 9JG Scotland 0131 668 2019 20th Anniversary Tour View All Shows Twitter Tweets by gretchenpeters More From Gretchen Peters Burnt Toast Offerings You have to watch the quiet ones Sometimes the loudest truths are served with a whisper Gretchen Peters who has written some of country s most intelligent songs of life s complications offers a hushed benediction for a woman emerging from the chilled over remains of what is truly not enough to flower into full potential Holly Gleason No Depression More Info Gretchen Peters If Peters 96 debut The Secret of Life had the answers her edgier follow up poses the questions mostly about how to navigate rough emotional terrain Full of surprises Eddie

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