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GRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter Gretchen Peters calls her latest album, ‘Hello Cruel World’, her “most close-to-the-bone work, written at a time when I felt absolutely fearless about telling the truth.”
Peters’ own voice and guitar playing have been at the core of her music since she started performing. 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.
Ultimately ‘Hello Cruel World’ details the sheer triumph of survival and of finding strength, joy and growth in everyday life despite the challenges of our increasingly complex times. Peters’ warm-honey voice softens the edge of desperation; the earthy maturity of her phrasing injects empathy – a quality that makes all of Peters’ songs ring consistently true.
Support comes from Ben Glover
Ben Glover has been compelled to write songs since his mid-teens growing up in County Antrim Ireland—when he was awoken and unsettled by Bob Dylan. Armed with a law degree from Queens University Belfast, he put his legal ambitions on hold to pursue a career in music.
That career got its start with Glover’s debut outing, The Week The Clocks Changed, produced by J.D. Foster and featuring guest appearances by A-list roots music artists including Jim Lauderdale, Buddy Miller and Vince Gill. Through the Noise, Through the Night followed in 2009, which was produced by Neilson Hubbard (Kim Richey, Matthew Perryman Jones, Glen Phillips), and drew rave reviews and comparisons to the likes of Ryan Adams and Bruce Springsteen.
Gretchen Peters © Gina Binkley