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If biographies are just TL;DR for you:
In the last ten years, Vanessa has played over 1000 shows in 11 countries, receiving accolades from abroad and in her hometown of Dallas, where she was recently nominated as “Best Folk Artist” by The Dallas Observer. She continues to tour the US and in Europe, where she has a strong fan base thanks to the albums she made with her former Italian band, Ice Cream on Mondays, and the hundreds of shows she has played in Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, and Denmark. Her latest album, “The Burden of Unshakeable Proof,” has been called “fully realized, written with elegance and imagination” and is the first album Vanessa has released on vinyl through a partnership with the indie label Palo Santo Records. Vanessa and various members of the touring formation have been playing shows across the US and Europe this summer and fall to celebrate the album’s release.
And if you want more info, read on!
After the critical and commercial success of her Kickstarter-financed 2012 album “The Burn The Truth The Lies” and the recent success in Europe of “With The Sentimentals,” recorded in Denmark with the band of the same name, Vanessa Peters just released her latest full-length album, “The Burden of Unshakeable Proof” on Palo Santo Records in the US and via Audioglobe in Europe.
“The Burden of Unshakeable Proof” is already being called “fully realized, written with elegance and imagination.” Recorded by producer Rip Rowan (Old 97s, Rhett Miller) at their home studio in Dallas, the album was a long-time coming, in part because their studio was built from the ground up over the last two years. Rather than pay for studio time elsewhere, Vanessa waited patiently while the studio took shape and finally came to life last summer. “It was a labor of love in the truest sense,” she says. “Rip was out there everyday, in full-on carpenter and engineer mode. He worked like a dog, but I think there were moments both of us feared it would never end. We were both so ready to get started on recording, but we just had to wait. However, in some respects it was good that it took so long, because I just kept writing and editing.”
Vanessa and Rip called into their good friends to join them in the studio, and the band ended up tracking nearly 25 songs. Culling the batch down to 10 songs wasn’t easy; at one point they even considered releasing a double album. But ultimately, Vanessa chose 10 songs that were tied together by a common thread: determination in the face of despair, and the need to shed the shackles of the past in order to move forward. Both “Delicate” and “Mending Fences” deal with feelings of being overwhelmed by the crush of today’s fast-paced life; “Cage” is the story of modern relationships that play out on the screen for all the world to see, and “Paralysis Bug” is a song that anyone who has ever struggled to get out of bed will understand. But there are moments of hope, too; “Let’s Do This” is a buoyant, energetic pop gem about courage and chutzpah, and “Atmosphere” is a soft, gauzy love song held up in the sky by the underpinnings of a gorgeous, swelling guitar line.
There’s a distinct side A and side B to the album – all the more fitting since this is the first album that Vanessa has released on vinyl.
On stage, Vanessa and Rip often play shows as a duo, with Rip playing the drums and keyboard simultaneously and Vanessa taking the lead on acoustic and the very-occasional electric guitar. They are fortunate to be joined from time to time on electric guitar by Grammy-winning guitar player Joe Reyes, excellent Texas singer-songwriter Daniel Markham, the fantastic Daniele Fiaschi from Rome, or uber-talented Dallas guitarist Nick Earl. 2016 will find the band playing a number of shows in the US and in Europe in support of the new album’s release.
“Peters metaphor-rich songs remind me of Josh Ritter, perhaps not in sound or style, but in the depth and substance of her skillfully crafted lyrics”
– No Depression
“Her strongest album to date, period.”
– Alt Country NL
“All in all a lovely album. There are plenty of skilled musicians and exceptional vocalists around but not so many as lyrically adept as Vanessa Peters.”
– Americana UK
“the best kind of singer-songwriter”
– The Dallas Observer
“The singer-songwriter’s fifth full-length, the album’s rich with intimate observations and relaxed, natural musicianship even on exuberant anthems such as “Grateful.” Her writing and unaffected deliver evokes Aimee Mann as well as the Weakerthans’ John K. Samson”
– David Greenwald, music critic for the Oregonian
“Hooks a-plenty…there isn’t a bad track on the record. I defy anyone with an ear for a catchy melody sung in a beautiful, rich, and completely engaging voice not to be enamoured with this baby.” (8 of 10 stars)
– Americana UK
“Vanessa Peters and ICOM’s “Sweetheart, Keep Your Chin Up” may well be my 2009 disc of the year.”
– Hickory Wind (USA)
“Vanessa is a true poet and a brilliant singer/songwriter”
– Rootsville (BE)
“a true poet … tunes that move and delight the ears”
– Whisperin’ and Hollerin’ (UK)
“This is the record I’ve been waiting for Aimee Mann to make for years”
– Heartache with Hardwork
“Peters gets it right … reminiscent of Suzanne Vega and Beth Orton”
– Maverick Magazine (UK)
“her superb lyrics and unforgettable performances with ICOM are already something not to be missed”
– Corriere della Sera, Milano
“The album shows a wonderful mix of folk, Americana and alt-country of the highest level…both instrumentally and lyrically, this album is one of her best creations.”
– Rootstime (Belgium)