Eliza Gilkyson, Tara Nevins (of Donna the Buffalo), and Kim Richey each put on one of the best shows over the years at my house concert series, North Shore Point House Concerts.
This weekend’s show features Gretchen Peters, another songwriter who promises to make an equally memorable impression stops by the backyard for an evening of community and song (and a little food and drink).
Her songs have been turned into country hits by artsts like Martina McBride, Faith Hill, Nanci Griffith, Trisha Yearwood and Rodney Crowell, but Peters is more of a folkie in the Joni Mitchell mode, albeit one for a newer generation of strong women.
She started performing in the Boulder, Colorado folk circuit as a teenager. Inspired by Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and a new generation of songwriters rising out of Nashville that included Steve Earle, Nanci Griffith and Rodney Crowell, Peters relocated to Music City in the late 1980s.
Martina McBride’s 1995 recording of Peters’ “Independence Day,” the gritty story of an abused woman’s revenge, made her a songwriting sensation. The performance received a “Best Country Song” Grammy nomination and won the Country Music Association’s “Song of the Year” title. After that a string of great vocalists – Pam Tillis, Trisha Yearwood, Patty Loveless, Neil Diamond, George Strait, Etta James – began to record Peters’ songs. Peters also signed her own record deal, yielding her 1996 debut album The Secret of Life. The title track was cut by Faith Hill in 1999 and hit number five on the country charts.
Her most recent album, “Hello Cruel World” made any number of Top 10 lists. Miley Cyrus created a sensation when she tweeted that “The Matador,” a song off the album, was something she was listening to again and again.
If you want seats to the show, which is be outside under a big tent, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out some videos from Gretchen at
“On a Bus to St. Cloud”