Gretchen Peters to Release 'Night You Wrote That Song The Songs of Mickey Newbury'
Gretchen Peters is set release The Night You Wrote That Song: The Songs of Mickey Newbury on Proper Records, May 15th.
The new album was recorded at the historic Cinderella Studios, where Newbury recorded his legendary albums of the late 1960s/early 1970s: Looks Like Rain, Frisco Mabel Joy and Heaven Help The Child.
The title track “The Night You Wrote That Song” is out today (watch video below) A lifelong devotee of Mickey Newbury’s albums as well as his songwriting, Peters chose to record his songs in stripped-down fashion at the same studio where the original magic happened. Guests on the album include Buddy Miller, studio founder and legendary guitarist Wayne Moss (Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, Linda Ronstadt), Country Music Hall of Famer and renowned harmonica player Charlie McCoy (Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley), Will Kimbrough, Barry Walsh and more.
“In sifting through all the Mickey Newbury songs I could get my hands on, there were only two criteria for inclusion on the album: did I love it, and did I think I could bring something of myself to it?” Gretchen explains. “I decided early on that I didn’t want to make an album of Mickey’s hits; that opened up the potential field to his late-career songs, which took a decided turn towards folk, and obscure early songs, as well as hits. All my lifelong favourites were on the first list, of course - but some of those, much as I loved them, proved not to be the right fit. I came across “The Night You Wrote That Song” early on, and felt it was the perfect title for the album. “You never knew how right you were the night you wrote that song…” seems to sum up my feelings towards Mickey Newbury perfectly. In so many ways he was ahead of his time.”
She continues: “Mickey’s sensibilities as an artist were probably the first thing that drew me to his records. I identified with him, not only because of his songs but because of the way I felt he saw himself. I only deduced this from listening to his records; I didn’t know him (I actually had several chances to meet him when I first came to town, but he was such a hero of mine that I was afraid to) - but he was an artist. He was hugely successful as a songwriter and yet he rejected - in both his writing and his recording - the Nashville assembly line approach. He approached everything he did as an artist, and as a young songwriter I deeply identified with that. That was what I wanted to do, what I felt I could do best. His records were thrilling to me.”
In celebration of the release, Gretchen will play the following UK shows: Tuesday, 12th May Wimborne Tivoli Theatre Wednesday, 13th May London Kings Place Thursday, 14th May Leeds City Varieties Saturday, 16th May Birmingham Birmingham Town Hall Sunday, 17th May Belfast The MAC Wednesday, 20th May Glasgow Community Central Hall Wednesday, 3rd June London Kings Place