"Gretchen Pleuss may be the new kid on the block in the national folk scene, but don't let this deter you. Having grown a loyal following throughout her home state of Ohio, Pleuss has been travelling and playing shows wherever she can for as long as she can remember. With a simple yet evocating songwriting ability, Pleuss' soft vocals accentuate the poignant lyrics that run throughout her latest single, Everybody's Pretty." - Substream Magazine, published November 2nd, 2018

 

"Ohio native Gretchen Pleuss has penned an elegant and bittersweet ode to NYC in the form of Everybody's Pretty, the first single off her new album, Daughter of the Broader Skies. The song explores concepts of mental health, loneliness, and love through soft vocals and light-hearted lyrics that accentuate the movement of the city that never sleeps. Her vocal delivery and skillful finger-picking call to mind the folk singers who graced the stage of the Gaslight Café during the 60's Greenwich Village folk renaissance. Fans of Joni Mitchell, Nick Drake, and other folk luminaries will appreciate Gretchen's gorgeous arrangements and thought-provoking songwriting." - Dan Jarvis, Midwest Action! published November 1st, 2018

 

"Pleuss's influences include the phrasing, jazz rhythms, and songwriting style of Joni Mitchell as well as genre-bending women songwriters from the 90's. Her 2016 release From Birth to Breath to Bone was a self-produced labor of love cut to vinyl and CD. Several musicians lent a hand, recording layers of sound to support Pleuss' sweet vocals. She wrote the signature track "Waves Like Drums" after she returned from a two-week tour of Ireland, while she was still reminiscing about the natural landscapes and folklore.The song captures her fingerpicking style as well as her tuned-down guitar within an experimental composition." - Jay Minkin, No Depression Magazine, Spring 2017 issue



"With two EP's and three full albums out, Pleuss is building her reputation as a musician of the ages. Her recent release, "From Birth, to Breath, to Bone," features light melodies and whimsical vocals." - MacKenzie Mehrl, The Devil Strip Magazine, published April 7th, 2016


"As with some of her proudly state musical heroes, which include Nick Drake, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, and Ani Difranco, Pleuss keeps the music above the standard, three-chord, coffee-house troubadour sound with some cool chord progressions (a la Mitchell) and grooves underneath layered vocal harmonies. Pleuss also trusts her lilting melodies enough to use her quiet, emotive alto to sell her lyrics (i.e. there's not a log of manic melisma trying to tear your eardrums off)." - Malcolm X Abram, Akron Beacon Journal, published March 2nd, 2016


"Do not be surprised if you hear Gretchen's name over and over and over again this year. Her music draws upon Joni Mitchell, Shawn Colvin, and Paul Simon for inspiration and it is about to be showcased on a new album, so the talk is only going to get louder. Make it out to one of these early shows so you can tell people you knew her way back when." -The Devil Strip Magazine, published January 8, 2016




"Gretchen Pleuss opened up the evening, a young American singer/songwriter from Ohio, with a line in slightly jazzy tunes with a nod in the direction of Joni Mitchell. The opening song was from her forthcoming album. It was followed with 'Heaven is Free,' about Wall Street which had a folky feel and detailed the evils of capitalism. She had only been in London for a couple of hours having arrived from Manchester and mastered the tube to arrive in time for sound check. Next came a song about her trip to Ireland the previous year, 'Waves Like Drums', with a hypnotic howling that was so subtle at the very end, we were not sure it had finished! 'Restless Hearts' followed with a jazzy feel to it, this again had a trick ending where Gretchen stepped back and said thank you to indicate it had finished. Closing with 'Ceremony/Speak' which changed tunes halfway through, 25 minutes flew by."
- Fran & Chris, review for W21Music of Gretchen's opening set at The Bedford in Balham, published June 4, 2015