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The beautiful and gentle voice of Americana artist Sarah Peacock seems to serve as a subtle and stark contrast to the message in her music. But as you listen deeper to the songs on her upcoming record, you will hear that she is simply singing with compassion on what she describes as music for the outcasts and underdogs. “Burn the Witch” is her fifth studio album. A successful Kickstarter campaign, it gets released on March 27.
The title track likens current events to the 1692 Salem Witch trials. Says Sarah ““Hopefully, this song inspires people to take a look at what’s happening in our world today and how we abuse people,” she says of the song, which is delivered as a “catalyst for hope.” You can listen to it here.
There’s no local date yet on her Album Release 2020 Tour, but I’d keep a watch on her website. Thanks to Sarah for some great answers to the usual questions. And yes, it’s always great to see another Belmont graduate succeed!
Where are you from originally, when did you move to Nashville and why?
I grew up in Lawrenceville, GA, a suburb of north Atlanta. I came to Nashville in 2001 to attend Belmont University and pursue a commercial music degree.
What are the first and the last records you bought, and where did you buy them? Were they CD, vinyl or digital?
I think the first record I ever owned was Amy Grant’s Heart in Motion. It was definitely a CD. The most recent record I bought was actually by my friend Liz Longley. I supported her Kickstarter to go indie! I haven’t heard it yet, but I can’t wait.
First and last live concerts that you’ve seen?
My very first concert was Amy Grant at the Fox in Atlanta. You can probably tell I was a huge fan of hers as a kid. My most recent concert was Heart with Joan Jett and Elle King at Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville.
Whose star should be added to the Music City Walk of Fame?
REBA MCENTIRE!!!!!!!! Duh! I love her so much!
Where do you go in Nashville for coffee and pizza?
For me, a good cup of coffee is LIFE. I love Barista Parlor in Germantown. But a good staple has always been Bongo on Belmont Blvd. It brings back the memories of study groups and after class hangs while I was in school. Pizza is a toss-up (no pun intended, ha-ha!). I love the artful gourmet options at Nicky’s Coal Fired. But Five Points Pizza and DeSano’s are both delicious also.
What’s your favorite record to ever come out of Nashville?
This question is completely impossible. Although, I will tell you I really love Brandi Carlile’s new record that came out of RCA Studio A with Dave Cobb.
Where’s the best place to eat late night after a show?
I’m a food snob and an extremely healthy eater. So, chances are, you won’t find me eating late night grub. But everyone says Hermitage Cafe is pretty rocking.
The Bluebird calls and asks you to host an “In the Round.” Pick three local songwriters to join you.
Only three? Ha-ha! I’d have to go with my homies Shawn Byrne, Danny Myrick, and Jennifer Knapp.
What are your favorite music venues to play in town?
The Bluebird, Analog at Hutton Hotel and Third & Lindsley.
Name a musician who you’d like to see move here?
My good friend, Judy Blank from the Netherlands!
Finally, what’s in your musical future?
I’ve got a new record coming out March 27, 2020 called Burn the Witch, and I’ve recently put together an all-female ensemble. I’ll be touring my butt off next year, and I can’t wait to see where the new music takes us!