“Peters’ voice, seasoned and unsentimental, is a slow-burning flame.” Sunday Times
“…a crowd which she held in the palm of her hand with her emotive songwriting, her lyrics resonating with the audience as you could feel every word.” Maverick magazine
Gretchen Peters returns to the UK in May for her final run of shows, following her announcement that she will retire from full-scale touring this year. Dates, in what is sure to be an emotional farewell, are as follows:
Speaking about the tour, Gretchen commented: “It’s important to me to have the opportunity to let UK fans know just how much their support has meant to me. I literally don’t think I’d have a touring career without them. They were always there for me, steadily growing in numbers year by year, even when I wasn’t touring or doing much in the US. And around the time Hello Cruel World and Blackbirds came out, things really amped up and our UK audience seemed to grow by leaps and bounds. I’m grateful for the chance to express my gratitude to them directly; to say thank you for decades of support and love. I expect it to be emotional, to say the least.”
Beloved of UK audiences, US singer-songwriter Gretchen Peters has been gracing stages on these shores for over 25 years. She marked her silver anniversary in style in 2022 with the release of The Show: Live from the UK on Proper Records, to glowing reviews. Widely praised by fans and critics alike, the beautifully presented, double-CD was recorded during a 2019 UK tour with Peters’ band and an all-female Scottish string quartet. CD 1 captures 10 tracks Gretchen and her band performed with the string quartet and CD 2 highlights 8 tracks from Gretchen and her band. The package is supplemented by a collection of evocative live photographs documenting the concerts at which the recordings took place.
“A live album to savour from one of the great singer-songwriters of her generation.” 10/10
The Show captures a singular artist at the peak of her powers” Folk Radio UK
The 1996 release of Peters’ debut album The Secret of Life, championed early on by BBC Radio 2 presenters Terry Wogan and Bob Harris, sparked what has turned out to be an enduring relationship with her UK fans and an equally long-lived touring career in the UK. Since then, in addition to plaudits for her own albums and shows, Peters has been widely recognised for her songwriting.
Inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2014, Peters 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. Her song “Independence Day”, recorded by Martina McBride, won a CMA Song of the Year award in 1995. She has been nominated for two Grammys (“Independence Day/Martina McBride, “You Don’t Even Know Who I Am”/Patty Loveless), a Golden Globe (“Here I Am”/Bryan Adams), and numerous other awards. “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.”
Her 2015 album, Blackbirds was awarded International Album of the Year and Song of the Year by the UK Americana Association, and in the same year, The Telegraph named her one of the greatest 60 female singer-songwriters of all time. In 2021 she was awarded The Poets Award by the Academy of Country Music.