Grace Pettis – Horses

Grace Pettis by Starla Dawn

Today, singer/songwriter Grace Pettis has released the achingly intimate second single, “Horses,” off her forthcoming sophomore album, Down To The Letter.

While her debut single, “I Take Care of Me Now,” gave an optimistic outlook on her recent divorce, “Horses” dives headfirst into a painful and isloting time, demonstrating that beauty can co-exist with vulnerability.

 “When I was a kid, I had something called juvenile rheumatoid arthritis for several years. It left as mysteriously as it arrived,” says Grace. During her diagnosis and treatment, her grandmother would send small gifts to lift her spirits. “Once, she embroidered one of my horse drawings onto a pillow.” The treasured gift and song inspiration is featured along with Grace on the single art. “I think of the way that many girls and women long to be like horses both vulnerable and beautiful, and strong and free. And how those things are not mutually exclusive.”

Produced by Mary Bragg (Natalie Price), mixed by Jon Estes (Robyn Hitchcock, Dolly Parton), and mastered by John McLaggan (Parachute Mastering), Down To The Letter is a deeply personal album, chronicling the end of a marriage and the reclamation of self after betrayal, codependency, and loss with heartbreaking detail. The lyrics deftly toes the line between personal pain and universal catharsis. It also marks the second collaboration for Pettis and Bragg.

The album features additional contributions from Josh Kaler (Frances Cone, Heather Nova), Owen Biddle (electric bass), Jordan Perlson (drums), and backing vocals from Robby Hecht and Emily Scott Robinson.

MAY 10 / WOODBRIDGE, NJ @ Woodbridge Arts Center

MAY 11 / BROOKLYN, NY @ Jalopy Theatre

MAY 12 / SOMERVILLE, MA @ The Burren

MAY 15 / CLEVELAND, OH @ The Treelawn

MAY 16 / CLIFTON, OH @ Clifton Opera House

MAY 17 / LOVELAND, OH @ Live at Loveland

MAY 18 / LOUISVILLE, KY @ Crompton House

JUN 7 / LUBBOCK, TX  @ Rockin’ Box 33

JUN 9 / NORMAN, OK @ Red Dirt Folk Salon

JUN 14 / LA GRANGE, TX @ Bugle Boy

JUN 15 / DALLAS, TX @ Opening Bell Coffeehouse

JUN 22 / MEMPHIS, TN @ South Main Sounds

JUN 30 / PORTSMOUTH, NH @ The Music Hall Loft Live

JUL 5 / NEW YORK, NY @ Café Wah?


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