The Associated Press named Mary Gauthier as one of the best songwriters of her generation, and her songs have been recorded by dozens ofartists. Her most recent release, Rifles & Rosary Beads (a collection of sons co-written with wounded veterans), was nominated for 2018’s record of the year by the Americana Music Association as well she was nominated for a Grammy in 2018 for Best Folk Recording category. For two decades, Gretchen Peters has been one of Nashville’s most beloved and respected artists. Inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in October 2014 by singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell, who called her “a songwriterand a poet (who) sings as beautifully as she writes” Peters has accumulated accolades as a songwriter for artists as diverse as Etta James, Bonnie Raitt, The Neville Brothers, Patty Loveless, George Strait, Bryan Adams and Faith Hill. Twice Grammy Nominated folksinger Eliza Gilkyson hasjust released her 20th album, Secularia, a collection of songs old andnew that reflect her ongoing search for meaningful spirituality without the constraints of traditional religious belief systems, replacing dominant ideology with a more inclusive perspective that embraces compassion, self-awareness and respect for the natural world in a culture she feels is “wavering between collapse and reinvention”. Produced by her son, the recording features songs of grief, gratitude and wonder, a call for accountability and a true moral compass for these divisive times.
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