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In her songs, Gretchen Peters is not trying to hold your hand and tell you that everything will be OK, even though her honestly sweet, sultry and molasses-rich voice and elegant melodies might suggest otherwise.
To the contrary though, this revered songsmith maven of genre-melding country and folk music has built her celebrated career out of songs that tell the hard, painful, prickly, often-un-sexy and most deeply true stories about humanity.
In advance of the show, Jane interviewed Gretchen. Jane Kramer has deep roots in the musical traditions, culture and lore of her beloved Appalachia. She writes songs that are introspective, gracefully gritty and fiercely memorable. Her live performances are equally as poignant and engaging; rich with accessible, warm, often hilarious storytelling and gracefully lifting the veil between audience and performer.