Alice Peacock with Tim Grimm and the Family Band: A Concert to Benefit The Music Resource Center - Cincinnati
Tue November 16, 2021 7:30 pm (Doors: 7:00 pm )
The Southgate House Revival - Sanctuary
All Ages

Much has changed for singer-songwriter Alice Peacock since her last solo studio album, 2009’s Love Remains. She’s had three kids, moved to Cincinnati and…gotten 10 years older. “Feel the weight of the world on my shoulders / Am I wiser or am I just older?” she sings on “Dry Spell,” from her new collection, Minnesota. The record suggests that despite her “wondering what all is yet to be,” she has indeed attained a measure of wisdom.

She uses the word “midlife” but does not follow it by “crisis.” She views her current outlook more as an awareness of life’s fragility and an appreciation of its sweetness. “Being a parent, I don’t know that I could love any more than I do right now,” she says, “so I’ve also never been more vulnerable. I have everything to lose.”

Further evidence of this contemplative spirit can be heard on album closer “God Be Near Me,” about which Peacock says, “I wrote a hymn out of nowhere! I was sitting at the piano one day going, ‘Am I completely screwing this all up?’ And I found myself thinking, ‘Help me to stay focused on love.’” The lyrics ask, “Help me to surrender / And love the world the way you do / Now and ever after / And live in love the way you do.”

On Minnesota, Peacock explores an understanding of love, in particular, that transcends hearts and flowers, Sturm und Drang. “Resting in the Quiet” acknowledges “a glimpse of the divine” in unspoken eloquence: “We don’t have to talk about it / We don’t have to say a word / We can wrap ourselves in silence / Cause I’ve already heard / Everything your eyes are saying.”

A departure from romantic love, “Free and Wild” is a lullaby sung from the point of view of someone “with a love so fierce” it hurts. Peacock likens parenthood to “going through life with your heart outside your body.”

The album’s title track is a love song to her home state, where her family spends their summers. “I’ve lived in Illinois and Tennessee and now Ohio and I love them all, but there’s something about home.... As soon as I get back to Minnesota and hear the birds and smell the air, I feel, ‘This is mine; this is me.’” In the song she recalls sitting in “sacred silence,” watching “the electric light show playing wide across the sky.”

“Things feel very sacred to me at this time in my life,” Peacock confides. “You reach an age where you begin to lose people. The beautiful moments we have, like being out in nature up in Minnesota – ‘the moon waxing over the water, the loon calling to her lover’ – I keep telling myself, ‘Take it in because this is it.’”

Alice Peacock

Singer/songwriter and recording artist Alice Peacock has released six
albums as a major label and independent artist. Her eponymously titled
album Alice Peacock featured the hit “Bliss”, a duet with John Mayer. Many
of Peacock’s songs have appeared in TV shows including Because of Winn
Dixie, Men In Trees, The Ghost Whisperer, Pepper Dennis, What I Like
About You, Dawson’s Creek and Smallville; feature films Because of Winn
Dixie and Win A Date With Tad Hamilton and TV commercials such as
Hershey’s product launch of Bliss chocolate.

In addition to touring extensively as a solo artist and with other artists
including John Mellencamp, Aimee Mann, Toad The Wet Sprocket and
Heart among others, Peacock has made many TV and radio stops including
a special guest spot on the popular radio show A Prairie Home Companion.
Besides her musical pursuits, Alice is a socially conscious artist. She is a
former trustee of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
(GRAMMYS), former board member of the Nashville Chapter as well as a
past President of NARAS’ Midwest Chapter. As trustee she testified before
the Senate Judiciary Committee with Lyle Lovett on behalf of an artist
performance rights for broadcast sound recordings. She is also the founder
of Rock For Reading, an Illinois non-profit organization, which raised
awareness and resources for reading and literacy programs through high
profile music concerts.

Alice has just finished recording her seventh album in Nashville with
producer Phil Madeira (Emmylou Harris, Buddy Miller, The Civil Wars) at
the helm. The record is slated for release in September 2019.

Tim Grimm and the Family Band