Fri 7/12 @ 7:30PM
Songwriter Gretchen Peters moved to Nashville in the late 80s, as so many aspiring musicians do, to find work as a songwriter. Unlike many, Peters found huge success, writing for country performers such as Shania Twain, Anne Murray, George Strait, Trisha Yearwood, Martina McBride (her powerful 1996 hit “Independence Day”) and Faith Hill, blues singer Etta James, R&B artists the Neville Brothers, and rockers Neil Diamond and Bryan Adams. Unlike many contemporary country songs, there’s little partying going on in her tunes: she tells vivid stories of the lives of diverse characters, usually women, of all ages and stations in life.
She’s also released seven studio albums of her own, starting in 1996, most recently 2018’s Dancing with the Beast. Peters will be performing her music at Oberlin’s Riverdog Barn, accompanied by her husband Barry Walsh on keyboards.
Admission is $20 at the gate; students with ID are $10. Lorenzo’s wood-fired pizza will be onsite, but as usual you can bring your own picnic basket and cooler. You can also make tables reservations in advance at Riverdog’s website.