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Gretchen Peters

Gretchen Peters, “Northern Lights” (Scarlet Letter): Nashville songwriter par excellence Peters hones in on the melancholy side of the holidays with intimacy and insight in her savvy mix of standards (“Silent Night,” Vince Guaraldi and Lee Mendelson’s “Christmas Time Is Here”), less-traveled seasonal songs ( Gordon Lightfoot’s “Song for a Winter’s Night,” the traditional “I Wonder As I Wander”) and fitting new songs of her own (“December Child,” “Waitin’ on Mary,” the title tune). For those who won’t trade musical acumen for holiday spirit. 3 stars