New Release: Gretchen Peters – Blackbirds

New Release: Gretchen Peters – Blackbirds

Gretchen Peters - Blackbirds
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Fresh off her induction into the prestigious Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Gretchen Peters has confirmed the 9th February release of her new album ‘Blackbirds.’ 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. But it’s not the guests that make ‘Blackbirds’ the most poignant and moving album of the GRAMMY-nominee’s storied career; it’s the impeccable craftsmanship, her ability to capture the kind of complex, conflicting, and overwhelming emotional moments we might otherwise try to hide and instead shine a light of truth and understanding onto them.

The eleven tracks on ‘Blackbirds’ face down death with a dark grit and delicate beauty. “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.”

She 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, whose incredible catalogue of songs—including “Independence Day” and “On A Bus To St. Cloud” — have been recorded by everyone from Martina McBride and Neil Diamond to Etta James and Trisha Yearwood. “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. I want to write about that stuff because it’s real, it’s there, and so few women seem to be talking about it.”

In an atypical and unexpectedly rewarding move, Peters teamed with frequent tour-mate Ben Glover to co-write several tunes on the new album, which evokes the kind of 1970’s folk rock of Neil Young, David Crosby, and Joni Mitchell that Peters grew up on, albeit with a more haunted, country-noir vibe simmering just below the surface.

Geographically, the album leaps around the country, with particularly heartrending stops in southern Louisiana at the scene of a crime (“Blackbirds”), Pelham, New York, where Peters probes the hidden darkness of the leafy suburbia in which she grew up (“The House On Auburn Street”), and the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, where a fisherman lays his wife to rest after losing everything in the BP oil spill (“Black Ribbons”). “When All You Got Is A Hammer” is the story of a veteran struggling to adjust to life at home after fighting overseas, while “The Cure For The Pain” takes place in the waning days of illness in a hospital, and “Nashville” brings us back to Peters’ adopted hometown.

Despite the varied locations, the songs on ‘Blackbirds’ are all inextricably tied together through their characters, whom Peters paints with extraordinary empathy and vivid detail.

‘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.” If anything, though, ‘Blackbirds’ truly establishes Peters as a one-of-a-kind singer and songwriter, one in possession of a fearless and endlessly creative voice.

Upcoming Tour Dates

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Thu, 9th September 2021 Wimborne Tivoli Theatre UK
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Fri, 10th September 2021 Bristol St Georges UK
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Sun, 12th September 2021 Leicestershire The Long Road Festival UK
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Fri, 25th March 2022 Glasgow Community Central Hall UK
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Sat, 26th March 2022 Gateshead The Sage Gateshead UK
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Sun, 27th March 2022 Lincoln The Engine Shed UK
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Tue, 29th March 2022 Lytham Saint Annes Lowther Pavilion UK
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Wed, 30th March 2022 Leeds City Varieties UK
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Thu, 31st March 2022 London Kings Place UK
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Sat, 2nd April 2022 Exeter Corn Exchange UK
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Sun, 3rd April 2022 Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion UK
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Mon, 4th April 2022 Swindon Wyvern Theatre UK
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Wed, 6th April 2022 Liverpool Liverpool Philharmonic Hall UK
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Thu, 7th April 2022 London Kings Place UK
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Fri, 8th April 2022 Bury St. Edmunds The Apex UK
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Sun, 10th April 2022 Cardiff St David’s Hall UK
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Mon, 11th April 2022 Stamford Corn Exchange UK
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Tue, 12th April 2022 Milton Keynes The Stables UK
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Wed, 13th April 2022 Birmingham Birmingham Town Hall UK
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Fri, 15th April 2022 Buxton Buxton Opera House UK
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Sun, 17th April 2022 Edinburgh The Queens Hall UK
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Wed, 20th April 2022 Utrecht Tivoli Vrendenburg NL
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Thu, 21st April 2022 Groningen De Oosterpoort NL
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Fri, 22nd April 2022 Rotterdam LanterenVenster NL
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Sat, 23rd April 2022 Maastricht De Muziekgieterij UK
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Fri, 29th April 2022 Arnhem Luxor Live NL
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Wed, 5th October 2022 - Wed, 12th October 2022 Budapest Danube River Cruise HU
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