Gretchen Peters To Release Blackbirds

Read about ‘Blackbirds’ the new album from Gretchen Peters

Gretchen Peters

New Album February 2015

– Blackbirds

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Fresh off her induction into the prestigious Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Gretchen Peters has confirmed the February 2015 release of her new album Blackbirds (Proper Music).  Co-produced with Doug Lancio and Barry Walsh and recorded in Nashville, the album features a who’s who of modern American roots music: Jerry Douglas, Jason Isbell, Jimmy LaFave, Will Kimbrough, Kim Richey, Suzy Bogguss and more.

“During the summer of 2013 when I began writing songs for Blackbirds, there was one week when I went to three memorial services and a wedding,” remembers Peters.  “It dawned on me that this is the way it goes as you get older – the memorial services start coming with alarming frequency and the weddings are infrequent and thus somehow more moving.  You understand the fragility of life, and the beauty of two people promising to weather it together.”

Peters found herself drawn to artists courageous enough to face their own aging and mortality in their work (Leonard Cohen, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Nick Lowe), but noticed all the material was coming from a male perspective.

“As brave an artistic risk as it may be for a man, it’s much riskier for a woman to speak about it,” says Peters.  “There’s a cultural expectation that women artists should either shut up about it or disappear entirely.  Aging seems to be a taboo subject for female singer-songwriters, in part because our value has depended so much on our youth and sexuality.  The depth and beauty and terror and richness of life in my fifties is obviously, to me, the deepest well of experience I can draw from as an artist.  I want to write about that stuff because it’s real, it’s there, and so few women seem to be talking about it.”

gretchen petersPeters has long been one of Nashville’s most beloved and respected artists.  Martina McBride’s recording of her stirring “Independence Day,” a song that deals with domestic abuse, was nominated for a Grammy and took home Song of the Year honors at the CMAs, and her work has been performed by everyone from Etta James and Neil Diamond to George Strait and Trisha Yearwood.  “If Peters never delivers another tune as achingly beautiful as “On A Bus To St. Cloud”, People Magazine wrote, “she has already earned herself a spot among country’s upper echelon of contemporary composers.”

Blackbirds follows Peters’ 2012 album Hello Cruel World, which NPR called “the album of her career” and Uncut said “establishes her as the natural successor to Lucinda Williams.”

Here’s the title track to Hello Cruel World:

 

 

Read about ‘Blackbirds’ the new album from Gretchen Peters

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