Gretchen Peters Talks with Elizabeth McGovern (Downton Abbey) for the Talkhouse Podcast

Nashville stalwart Peters chats with legendary actress (and fellow musician) McGovern about music, marriage, acting, Downton Abbey, and much more.

On the latest episode of the Talkhouse Podcast, Nashville-based singer-songwriter Gretchen Peters sits down for a chat with Elizabeth McGovern, the iconic actress from Ordinary People, Once Upon a Time in America and Downton Abbey, who is a talented musician in her own right. The two friends, who connected just a few years ago via Twitter, discuss everything from their mutual commitment to telling women’s stories (especially women over 30), the pluses and minuses of collaborating creatively with one’s spouse, the downsides of early success, what songwriters can learn from watching Inside the Actors Studio, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Rosanne Cash’s love of Downton Abbey, and much more. For more filmmakers and musicians in conversation, visit Talkhouse at Subscribe now to stay in the loop on future episodes of the Talkhouse Podcast.

Episode recorded by David Waters and co-produced by Mark Yoshizumi; the Talkhouse podcast producer is Elia Einhorn.

The Talkhouse Podcast’s theme song was composed and performed by The Range.

Gretchen Peters is a Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famer who received a Grammy nomination and CMA Song of the Year Award in 1995 for Martina McBride’s “Independence Day,” a second Grammy nomination and ACM nomination for Patty Loveless’ “You Don’t Even Know Who I Am” in 1996 and a 2003 Golden Globe nomination for her song “Here I Am,” featured in the Dreamworks film Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron. Her discography boasts over 120 recordings with many iconic artists, including George Jones, George Strait, Etta James, Trisha Yearwood, Faith Hill, Pam Tillis, Anne Murray, Randy Travis, Neil Diamond, the Neville Brothers, Bryan Adams and Bonnie Raitt, Her eighth studio album Blackbirds features a who’s who of modern American roots music (Jerry Douglas, Jason Isbell, Jimmy LaFave, Suzy Bogguss and more). You can follow her on Twitter here.