Gretchen Peters- The Night You Wrote That Song: The Songs of Mickey Newbury- Review
There’s a quote by the Roman poet Horace that goes “A picture is a poem without words” Gretchen Peters new album The Night You Wrote That Song: The Songs of Mickey Newbury is quite the opposite. Instead, she delivers the poem by painting a picture with words she sings. The 12 track album celebrates the life and music of renowned storyteller Mickey Newbury. Chosen by Peters, each song reflects a meaning to her as an artist as she quotes, “I identified with him, not only because of his songs but because of the way I felt he saw himself.” Recorded at the famed Cinderella Studio in Nashville, home to multiple Newbury recordings throughout the 1960s and 1970s. The album opens up with “The Sailor'' from Newbury’s 1981 Of All These Years. The song takes off with an organ a few seconds in meeting Peter's silk-smooth voice. “She Even Woke Up To Say Goodbye” from Newbury’s second 1969 release Looks Like Rain that opens up with a mystical like melody, while ‘Just Dropped in (To See What Condition my Condition Was In)’ that became an instant hit for The First Edition (with Kenny Rogers) in 1967 reaching number 5 in the Billboard Chart and later the band’s version was featured in The Coen Brothers The Big Lebowski ‘Dream Sequence’ scene. In Peter’s version, she channels in her inner rock n roll, soulfly. “Why You’ve Been Gone So Long” brings in a honky-tonk groove featuring the owner of Cinderella studio Wayne Moss, Dee Moeller, Robert Lucas, Will Kimbrough, Kim Richey and finallyhusband and musician Barry Walsh who also plays a large part in the making process of the album. Another feature on the album was singer/songwriter and producer Buddy Miller in “Frisco Depot.” who brings in his own tenderly soft-spoken voice to the mix. The album is a collective collection of sounds and melodies, “Leavin’ Kentucky” breathes in a roots element, while “Heaven Help The Child' ' build-up with an accordion tying the knot to the albums diverse set of sounds and perfect songs summarising Peter’s slogan “Sad Songs Make Me Happy.” The Night You Wrote That Song: The Songs of Mickey Newbury is set to be released 15th May via Proper Records. Pre-order today ..
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