Peters readies new disc
Friday, January 9, 2015
– Gretchen Peters will release her next album, "Blackbirds" on Feb. 10.
Co-produced with Doug Lancio and Barry Walsh, and recorded in Nashville, the 11-track album features Jerry Douglas, Jason Isbell, Jimmy LaFave, Will Kimbrough, Kim Richey and Suzy Bogguss.
'Blackbirds' follows the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member and Grammy-nominees 2012 album "Hello Cruel World."
Peters has had cuts by artists including Etta James, Bonnie Raitt, The Neville Brothers, Patty Loveless, George Strait, Bryan Adams, Faith Hill and Martina McBride ("Independence Day").
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Like many artists, Gretchen Peters turned to music in a time of pain for her eighth studio release, "Blackbirds." This 11-track collection is a graceful, yet unsubtle take on aging and mortality that is often dark and even unsettling. Black crows witness a murder amidst kerosene and fire in the title cut, and elsewhere, there are odes to the BP oil spill and the Nashville flood.
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One to Heart, One to the Head
Gretchen Peters, with help from Tom Russell, created a thoughtful, beautiful collection of stories and musical soundscapes carefully selected from the America's best songwriters' catalogues - Bob Dylan, Mary McCaslin, Rosalie Sorrells, Ian Tyson, Townes VanZandt as well as Russell.
It would be foolish to attempt to select a handful of highlights. Peters' voice is clear and true throughout, soulfully interpreting each track. What adds to the difficulty is that not only are the songs »»»
The Secret of Life
Songrwiter Gretchen Peters has made quite a name for herself on Music Row. The hit country tunes that she has penned include "Let That Pony Run" (Pam Tillis), "You Don't Even Know Who I Am" (Patty Loveless), The 1995 CMA Song of the Year, "Independence Day" (Martina McBride) and "Chill of an Early Fall" (George Strait). None of the hits are on this album. This is not a 'knock you over' country record. The arrangements do not contain the signature country instrumentation. Peters' voice and her »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk
When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
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