Three Southern songwriters. Three guitars. Creative inspiration.
I am so sorry I won’t be able to get on a plane today and play these shows with my wonderful 3WATT friends Gretchen Peters and Mary Gauthier. Last night at 2 a.m. I rolled over and felt a stabbing pain in my upper right torso. Things went downhill from there into full blown shingles by dawn, the kind that never erupt on the surface but stay under your skin, causing agonizing nerve pain. Yikes!
The good news is the show will go on in grand style-I know Mary and Gretchen will kill it as they always do-two of my favorite songwriters and performers in the world, both of them Grammy nominated and at the top of their game. And if that ain’t enough Austin’s biggest buzz, singer-songwriter Jaimee Harris will be on board to play her heart out as well. Barry Walsh will also be joining Mary and Gretchen on piano at the Ark in Ann Arbor and at Chicago City Winery - making for one great night of music.
I’m sure you will enjoy this show, and please know I will be back around as soon as I am able.
Twice Grammy Nominated folksinger Eliza Gilkyson has just released her 20th album, Secularia, a collection of songs old and new that reflect her ongoing search for meaningful spirituality without the constraints of traditional religious belief systems, replacing dominant ideology with a more inclusive perspective that embraces compassion, self-awareness and respect for the natural world in a culture she feels is “wavering between collapse and reinvention”. Produced by her son, Cisco Ryder, (Nocturne Diaries, Roses at the End of Time, Red Horse), with a spare urban approach, the recording features songs of grief, gratitude and wonder, a call for accountability and a true moral compass for these divisive times.
“Secularia is a series of poems and hymns, deeply spiritual songs that praise the wonder and beauty of the world, that lament its destruction, and that celebrate the joy of the mystery that lies behind its wild wonder.”
--- No Depression
For two decades, Gretchen Peters has been one of Nashville's most beloved and respected artists. Inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in October 2014 by singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell, who called her "a songwriter and a poet (who) sings as beautifully as she writes” 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. In 2015, The Telegraph (UK) named her one of the greatest 60 female singer-songwriters of all time.
“…songs that manage, with deft use of language, to cram a whole epic into three minutes. Astonishingly good writing.” – Pop Matters
“With songwriting as powerful as hers, there’s no need to go looking for qualifiers. She’s a unique, intrinsically valuable musical voice. And there’s never a surplus of those.” — Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Time
The Associated Press named Mary Gauthier as one of the best songwriters of her generation. Her songs have been recorded by dozens of artists, including Jimmy Buffett, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Bettye Lavette Mike Farris, Kathy Mattea, Bobby Bare, Amy Helm and Candi Staton, and have appeared extensively in Film and Television, most recently on Yellowstone. Her album, Filth and Fire (2002) was named Best Independent CD of the year by the New York Times, and Mary was signed to Universal Lost Highway. Her following 5 records were listed in both the LA Times and NY Times top three releases of the year. She was awarded New Artist of the year by The Americana Music Association in 2005, and her record Mercy Now was named in the top 5 records of the decade by No Depression magazine. Her most recent release, Rifles & Rosary Beads ( a collection of sons co-written with wounded veterans) was nominated for 2018’s record of the year by the Americana Music Association as well she was nominated for a Grammy in 2018 for Best Folk Recording category.