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Braving the “Modern Age” with Vanessa Peters: New Album Out Now

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Just as the seasons are rapidly changing, so is the modern age. Thankfully, we have some guidance on how best to deal with our future-forward present from Texas-based, folk-rock songwriter Vanessa Peters . On her new album, Modern Age, she explores the pressures of living in a difficult "now." Though normally based in Dallas, this album was recorded in Italy where she and her band were located throughout the pandemic. Overall, this release rocks a bit harder than her 2018 release, Foxhole Prayers, and her 2020 cover album, Mixtape, which feels appropriate for 2021. In conjunction with the new album, Vanessa filmed several music videos for tracks included, such as “Crazymaker” and “Valley of Ashes.” Plus, you won't want to miss the animated short film that accompanies her phenomenal title track, “Modern Age.” On this album, Vanessa Peters delves into the importance of owning one's existence and experience, even those that might not seem as valuable on the outside. She offers gentle advice of appreciating the things we love, whether their from our pas, present, or future...because the "modern age" will never stop changing.  

On the behalf of HPPR, we thank Vanessa for taking the time to speak with us. Hear the full interview on the link below.

Phoo Phae Sone joined High Plains Public Radio in October 2020 through the PRO Internship Program in Amarillo. A senior at Palo Duro High School, her passion for writing is what brought her to the station. She hopes to focus on developing her skills in journalism, cultural coverage, and artist interviews. She particularly excited to research stories for HPPR’s Music Department, including coverage of regional bands, events, and new releases. Phoo Phae has been active in her school's band for years as a drum major, and she also plays clarinet. In her spare time, she enjoys writing poems and reading. Phoo Phae plans to graduate May 2021, at which time she will pursue a four-year degree in Creative Writing.