Alice Peacock LIVE@TheREP – October 15 & 17
Chicago-based singer/songwriter Alice Peacock’s new disc, Love Remains, celebrates faith and human connection with buoyant, outwardly focused lyrics, feel-good guitar hooks and heartland grooves.
Working in Nashville with co-writer/co-producer Danny Myrick – who, like her, is the child of a minister – Peacock found herself addressing issues of faith in myriad ways on Love Remains, on songs like the anthemic “If I Could Talk To God,” the rollicking “Real Life,” the expansive, gospel-inflected “Trying To Hold Back Time,” the punchy, resolute “Forgiveness,” the devastating, indelible “I Am Mary” and the timeless-sounding title track.
Still, lest anyone think the making of Love Remains was all weighty discussion and Sunday-school testifying, Peacock notes that the process was more like a family hootenanny with a ’70s, California-country sound. The skilled ensemble that helped achieve this sonic landscape includes players who’ve worked with the likes of Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Linda Ronstadt, Brooks & Dunn, LeAnn Rimes and Gretchen Wilson, among others.
“Can music change the world?/Yeah, I think it can,” Peacock sings in “Forgiveness.” Love Remains is a testament to the transformative power of love, belief and song.