Two-time Grammy nominee Gretchen Peters has announced a UK tour that will include a date at the Engine Shed in Lincoln at the end of next month.
And we have two pairs of tickets to give away for the gig.
Since the release of her album Hello Cruel World in 2012, Gretchen Peters has been in near-constant motion, touring for the past two years and releasing a live DVD and CD, Woman On The Wheel, in early 2013.
Since 2012 she’s appeared at the Glastonbury, Isle of Wight and Cambridge Folk Festivals and in addition to headlining her own sold-out tours, she’s supported country and folk legends Guy Clark, Arlo Guthrie and John Prine (duetting with the latter at several shows).
The latest accolade for the Nashville-based singer-songwriter will be her induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame last October.
There she joined a list that included Johnny Cash, Rodney Crowell, Don & Phil Everly, Woody Guthrie, Merle Haggard, Tom T. Hall, Harlan Howard, Kris Kristofferson, Dolly Parton, Jimmy Webb and Hank Williams.
Peters has risen to the top of her craft by writing and recording songs that explore the deep corners of life with empathy and integrity.
She has accumulated 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.
Of her own recordings, the Associated Press said: “This is not jukebox music – the stuff that exists to fill in the pauses in conversation – this IS the conversation.”
Her own peers may be her biggest fans, though.
Rodney Crowell (her duet partner on Hello Cruel World) called the record “beautiful, brave and poetic”, while her frequent collaborator Tom Russell, called it “the best record I’ve heard in many, many years.”
A review of her 2013 Woman On The Wheel UK tour called her live performance “glorious, uplifting, heart-rendingly beautiful... an affirmation of positive human experience through endured pain.”
This momentum has continued with her new album Blackbirds and Peters admits she feels at her best when surrounded by fellow music makers.
“I get a lot of juice from the musicians in the room,” she said.
Recorded in Nashville, the album features a who’s who of modern American roots music including Jerry Douglas, Jason Isbell, Jimmy LaFave, Will Kimbrough, Kim Richey, Suzy Bogguss and more.
Gretchen Peters is at the Engine Shed in Lincoln on Friday, 27th March at 7pm.
Tickets priced £19.50 (plus booking fee) are available now from the box office on 0844 8888766 or online at www.engineshed.co.uk
Please note: This event is for over-14s only.
We have two pairs of tickets to give away to the lucky readers who can answer this simple question: What is the name of Gretchen Peters’ new album? a)Blackbirds, b) Redbirds or c)Whitebirds?
Send your answer, together with your name, address and daytime contact number to: Gretchen Peters competition, Gainsborough Standard, 21-27 Ryton Street, Worksop, Notts, S80 2AY.
Alternatively, email your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org
The closing date for entries is Thursday, 19th March.