Grammy-nominated and CMA Award-winning artist Gretchen Peters has long been known for her songwriting.
People like George Strait and Martina McBride cut her songs early on, and since then she’s written hits for Trisha Yearwood, Pam Tillis, Bonnie Raitt and Neil Diamond, and been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. from Nashville in 2014. But, until you hear Peters’ clear, expressive voice reciting his own expertly crafted melodies live on stage, you only get half the story.
Luckily for longtime fans and the curious, Peters has just announced a brand new live album, The Show: Live from the UK, on August 19 via Proper Music Group. Featuring 18 songs from Peters’ beloved catalog, The Show marks his first release since 2020’s tribute to Mickey Newbury, The Night You Wrote That Song and his first live release since 2005’s Trio.
Taken from three performances of Peters’ Strings Attached Tour 2019 on 19 April at St. George’s, Bristol, UK; April 22 at the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-On-Sea, UK; and April 23 at The Apex, Bury St. Edmunds, UK – The show features Peters’ touring band – Barry Walsh (piano, vocals), Colm McClean (electric guitar, vocals) and Conor McCreanor (electric bass and right, vocals – as well as an all-female Scottish string quartet featuring Seonaid Aitken (violin), Amira Bedrush-McDonald (violin), Sarah Leonard (viola) and Alice Allen (cello). Peters’ career to date, framed by new but familiar arrangements aimed at making his songwriting shine.
Fans can pre-order or pre-register The Show: Live from the UK ahead of its August 19 release at this link and check out a full list of Peters’ upcoming performances below.
For more than two decades, Gretchen Peters has been one of Nashville’s most beloved and respected entertainers. “If Peters never delivers another piece as beautiful as ‘On A Bus To St. Cloud,'” wrote People Magazine, “she has already carved out a place for herself among the top echelon of contemporary songwriters in the country.”
Inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in October 2014 by singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell, who called her “both a songwriter and a poet (who) sings as well as she wrote,” and said his song “The Matador,” “moved so much, I cried from the soles of my feet.”
Peters has racked up accolades as a songwriter for artists as diverse as Etta James, Bonnie Raitt, The Neville Brothers, Patty Loveless, George Strait, Bryan Adams and Faith Hill. Her song “Independence Day”, recorded by Martina McBride, won CMA Song of the Year in 1995. She was nominated for 2 Grammys (“Independence Day”/Martina McBride, “You Don’t Even Know Who I Am”/Patty Loveless), a Golden Globe (“Here I Am”/Bryan Adams), and many other awards.
His 2015 album Blackbirds was awarded International Album of the Year and Song of the Year by the UK Americana Association. In 2015, The Telegraph named her one of the 60 greatest female singer-songwriters of all time. In 2021, she received the Poets Award from the Academy of Country Music. This year, Peters is releasing a live album, recorded during a 2019 UK tour with his band and an all-female Scottish string quartet. The Show: Live from the UK will be released on August 19, 2022.
Gretchen Peters Tour Dates
July 11-15 – Big Indian, NY – Richard Thompson’s Frets and Refrains Songwriting Camp*
August 13 – Albuquerque, New Mexico – Chatter
August 24 – London, UK – Kings Place
August 25 – Bristol, UK – St. George’s
August 26 – Wimborne Minster Dorset, UK – Tivoli Theater
August 28 – Lutterworth Leicestershire, UK – The Long Road Festival
August 29 – Leeds, UK – City Varieties Music Hall
August 30 – Edinburgh, Scotland – The Queen’s Hall
August 31 – Glasgow, Scotland – Community Central Hall
September 1 – Milton Keynes, UK – The Stables
September 2 – London, UK – Kings Place
October 5-12 – Budapest, Hungary – Danube Cruise 2022
October 21-23 – Pomeroy, OH – Jorma Kaukonen’s Fur Peace Ranch*
*denotes songwriting workshops