Gretchen Peters Repays a Debt to Mickey Newbury

I spoke to Geoffrey Himes for The Nashville Scene recently about Mickey Newbury and The Night You Wrote That Song. An excerpt:

Peters wasn’t interested in copying Newbury’s original arrangements. Those versions are still out there for anyone who wants to find them. Just by bringing a female voice to songs that were mostly recorded by men, she alters them. She further refines them by applying the stripped-down arrangements and lucid enunciation of her own records. She even swaps some verses around, relieved to learn from Newbury’s longtime guitarist Jack Williams that Newbury did the same thing all the time — even after the song had been recorded. Newbury was a relentless tinkerer, so Peters would be too.

You can read the article in its entirety at The Nashville Scene.