Live review: Union Chapel, London

“…It’s hard to imagine a time when she wasn’t enrapturing thousands of dedicated music fans every night, but as she explained early on in the show, this was not always the case. This year is the 20th anniversary of her debut album ‘The Secret of Life’, which she joked was “met by universal indifference” by everyone except the UK. As a result, in 1996 Gretchen packed up her things and embarked on a four-city UK tour, just her and her guitar. “We played to about 100 people… total,” she quipped. These days, she plays to a few thousand a night, every night, and plays far more dates in the UK than many US acts – in the States her songs might be better known in renditions by Martina McBride, Faith Hill and Trisha Yearwood, but here she’s a regular favorite…”

To read this review in its entirety, visit For The Country Record.