Vanessa Peters: 'Afford to Pretend' Recorded by Salim Nourallah, the Austin, Texas native Peters goes acoustic on her new EP. Though simple and direct, she carries a resonance well beyond the stripped-down production.
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Voted as one of the top ten folk artists in Austin, Vanessa Peters is already well known in her home state of Texas. Judging by the relentless touring schedule she has kept since 2004, it seems that she is trying to make a name for herself in the rest of the world as well. In the last two years, she has criss-crossed America twice and toured all over Italy, Germany, and the Czech Republic, both as a solo artist and with her Italian band, Ice Cream on Mondays. Even in the busy schedule, she released Thin Thread in 2005 and will release two albums (her fourth and fifth) this year.

The first, Blackout, is an acoustic EP featuring Vanessa's voice and guitar reminiscent of Patty Griffin's early work. Recorded masterfully by Salim Nourallah (Kristy Kruger, Rhett Miller, Nourallah Brothers), the stripped-down production allows the listener to focus on the building blocks of any good song – a lingering melody well-sung and well-played, and lyrics that carry their own weight. The songs are simple and direct, yet have a resonance far beyond the easy folk/rock categorization.

2006 will also see the release of Little Films. This album, recorded and produced again by Salim Nourallah, is a project done with Ice Cream on Mondays. It chronicles the redemptive and destructive powers that our own personal films have in our lives.