Grace Pettis‘ new album, due out in early May, Working Woman, features an all-female/non-binary band and was produced by singer-songwriter Mary Bragg and mixed by 2x Grammy® award winner Shani Ghandi. With this new release on the cards, The Fountain caught up with Grace to find out more about the new LP and her plans for the year.
TF: You have a new LP out, what can we expect from Working Woman?
It’s definitely more rock than anything I’ve done before. I sort of knew I was heading in that direction, creatively, but 2020 really cinched it. There’s been a lot to be mad about; a lot to scream about. We brought all that energy: sadness, rage, and gratitude and euphoria, too, weirdly, because we were all happy to be working and making music again. We were in the middle of the pandemic, in July, and none of us had been able to make music with other people since March. So that’s the cocktail you can expect to hear. I hear it in everything that everyone is playing.
TF: How would you sum up the LP in one sentence?
Working Woman is a 100% womxn-made rock and roll album, recorded over the course of four days in the middle of a global pandemic.
TF: What promotional activity will you be doing around this album this year?
We’re doing it all! Interviews, radio, even actual touring. I’m vaccinated and so are more and more other people. The venues are slowly starting to open back up (the ones that didn’t go under), albeit at still very reduced capacities, socially distanced, and with everyone in masks. But there are real signs of life. I’m playing as much as I possibly can, in person and virtually. On top of the traditional PR we’re doing with Richlynn Group in Nashville and with Jill Richmond-Johnson, our publicist at MPress Records, and in addition to the radio campaign and the touring, I’m also creating a ton of new content- videos, written reflections, photos, etc.- ramping up a bunch on social media, trying to get the word out in a grassroots way. I even joined TikTok, even though it makes me feel old. (I think that’s TikTok’s job: to make you feel old.)
TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?
I have favourite little listening rooms and theatres all over America, and some in Europe too. Here are some that come to mind: Blue Rock Studio (Wimberley, TX), The Saxon Pub and The Cactus Cafe (Austin), The Bugle Boy (LaGrange, TX), Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe (Galveston, TX), Tulips Fort Worth (Fort Worth, TX), Uncle Calvin’s and Poor David’s (Dallas), The Red Clay Music Foundry (Duluth, GA), Isis Music Hall (Asheville), Mucky Duck and Anderson Fair (Houston), The Bluebird Cafe and The 5 Spot (Nashville), Folk All Y’all (Memphis), The Blue Plate Special (Knoxville, TN) Dyson House (Baton Rouge, LA), Jammin’ Java (DC), 3rd Street Coffeehouse (Roanoke, VA), The Blue Door (OKC, OK), Passim (Cambridge, MA), Fox Run (Sudbury, MA), Towne Crier Cafe (Beacon, NY), Caffe Lena (Saratoga Springs, NY), Seven Steps Up (Spring Lake, MI), The Junction at Monroe (Tallahassee, FL), RadioLive (Pensacola, FL), Back Door Coffeehouse (Hattiesburg, MS), Little Tree House Concerts (Lafayette, CO), The Green Note (London), Country Choice (Nenagh, Ireland), St. Finbarr’s, through University College Cork (Cork, Ireland), the University of Limerick (Limerick, Ireland), Cafe ‘t Keerpunt (Spijkerboor, Netherlands), Podium Cafe (Steendam) and many more. I want to get in my car or an airplane and go play at all of these places RIGHT NOW. I can’t wait to get back on the road. There are a bunch of other rooms I’ve only played once or twice, so that it feels too presumptuous to list them here as favourites, even though they are. I have a LOT of favourite venues. And some of my favourites don’t exist anymore, especially after 2020. Which breaks my heart. But I’m hoping there will be new ones that rise from the ashes.
Working Woman is out on 7th May, via Mpress Records. Pre-order here