Three Women Songwriters Sing Their Truth at the Beachland Ballroom

Wed 1/9 @ 8PM

Singer/songwriters Mary Gauthier, Eliza Gilkyson and Gretchen Peters could not be from more different backgrounds.

Gauthier was an abandoned baby who grew up in New Orleans, moved to Boston where she owned a restaurant and battled substance abuse for years before finding her footing, writing her first song when she was 35 (she’s now 56). She’s released eight studio albums since 1997 including 2018’s Rifles and Rosary Beads, featuring songs co-written by veterans and their families.

Gretchen Peters, 61, grew up in Colorado, but moved to Nashville in the late ’80s, where she wrote songs for performers such as George Strait, Shania Twain, Neil Diamond, Trisha Yearwood and Etta James. She released the first of her seven albums in 1996, last year’s Dancing with the Beast being her latest.

Eliza Gilkyson, now 67, grew up in Los Angeles the daughter of songwriter Terry Gilkyson and sister of musician Tony Gilkyson. While she release her first album in 1969 as a teenager, she didn’t begin her career in earnest until a decade later. Now based in Austin, she’s released more than 20 albums, with last year’s Secularia coming out on folk/Americana label Red House.

Each has her own particular story to tell, and will do so on a tour called Three Women and the Truth, a play on the phrase ‘Three Chords and the Truth,” used widely to describe country music. They’ll be at the Beachland Ballroom for a primarily seated sow (because you’ll want to listen closely).

Tickets are $25.







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