Waiting in the Wings

Alice Peacock finally takes flight.

Singer/songwriter Alice Peacock didn't wait to be discovered by a record company to see if her career could take off. Instead, she launched herself with her 1999 do-it-yourself debut, Real Day. Now opening for contemporary folkies like John Gorka and Lucy Kaplansky, she knows she's on the rise.

"When I was on tour with John last year, I sang for like three quarters of the show," Peacock says. "I love adding harmonies. I'd do my set and then come out and sing with him. John was just so kind and generous. Lucy, too. It's been great that they let me tag along and share their audience."

In fact, Peacock's apprenticeship is nearly over. The next time you see her, she'll likely be headlining. Alice Peacock is about to soar.

Peacock makes her first Tucson appearance this week, joining Kaplansky in what is becoming a regular billing. Kaplansky is touring in support of her latest album, Every Single Day. They recently played dates together in the Pacific Northwest. After a few solo concerts, Kaplansky and Peacock will rejoin to tour Colorado, Utah and Nevada.

"Lucy and I are going to the U.K. together in December," Peacock enthuses. "We're still getting the details worked out, but it will be my first time there. I can't wait to go to Ireland!"

Although she and Kaplansky are fast becoming peers in their duets, Peacock hasn't gotten above her raisings.

"It's her show," Peacock acknowledges respectfully. "So it depends on how it's flowing and what she feels like doing."

Peacock's bright, Midwestern smile and easygoing attitude belies the strength of her songs. Real Day features strong melodies, smart arrangements and real lyrical depth.

"It's not confessional, but I tend to write about what I'm feeling, what was hitting me at the time," she says. "It's sort of therapy for me. I mostly write for myself, and if other people can identify with it, that's a bonus."

Peacock has earned respect as a co-writer, working with Nashville pros like Angelo and Buddy Mondlock.

"There's a discipline and a craft to co-writing," Peacock says. "It's a creative kick in the butt for me. It's a really good exercise to push me outside of my normal boundaries."

Her second album will feature two songs co-written with Indigo Girl Emily Saliers. Though still untitled, it's scheduled for release in late January.

"That's been consuming me for the last few months," she says. "I think it's more defined about who I am as an artist, what my sound is. I'm really excited about it."