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Mary Gauthier

Alt-country singer/songwriter Mary Gauthier exploded onto the scene in 1999 following her self-released sophomore effort, Drag Queens in Limousines. The album, which garnered her a Crossroads Silver Star and a four-star rating in Rolling Stone, had critics comparing her self-described "country noir" to the likes of Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, John Prine, and, not surprisingly, Lucinda Williams. The success of Drag Queens led to main-stage shows at festivals around the country and multiple tours in Europe.

Embraced by critics, folkies, and No Depression fans alike, Gauthier's warmly candid treatment of her fringe-dwelling subjects rings true, as it never verges on sentimental; her characters' downtrodden lives are never coldly exploited. Instead, these are people she knows, whom she met after dropping out of her Louisiana high school and stealing the family car at the age of 15, only to find herself in detox at 16 and jailed in Kansas City at 18. Her own wayward path led her to culinary school and, eventually, she opened a successful restaurant in Boston's Back Bay -- Dixie Kitchen -- which she sold after her music career started to take off.

Filth & Fire, Gauthier's third album, was produced by former Lucinda Williams sidekick Gurf Morlix and released in July 2002. Mercy Now was issued in 2005 by Lost Highway, followed by the Joe Henry-produced Between Daylight and Dark in 2007. Gauthier next released the autobiographical The Foundling, produced by Mike Timmins of the Cowboy Junkies, on Razor & Tie Records in 2010. The album was a breakthrough, celebrated internationally.

Gauthier underwent a deep personal loss before recording her next effort and wrote songs during her grieving period. She abandoned the songs as too dark to record. Gauthier wrote new songs "through the darkness to get to the truth." She convened a small group of musicians at Nashville's Skaggs Place Studio and cut them live to tape. The end result, Trouble & Love, was released in June of 2014. ~ Kim Reick Kunoff & Thom Jurek, Rovi
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Oh boy when I first discovered if there was like 200 views damn
I came across Mary in SLO, Ca where she opened for John Prine. Just Mary on a stool with a guitar. She came across as many of her songs would indicate. I was an instant fan. Saw he again several years later at the Fur Peace Ranch.
I ought to track her down and see her again.
I just discovered Mary Gauthier thru an interview on NPR and was drawn in by her honesty and willingness to be vunerable - which led me on a quest to hear more of her music. She is a brilliant storyteller. Can't belive I hadn't heard of her previously but I'm making up for lost time!
mcdski
Like a rockin' lullaby, but such intriguing lyrics. Lovely happy-making music.
Listened to Good-Bye, pretty good, and I'm not a fan of country. :)
she is an amazing performer... i f you get a chance to see her GO
jim850208
Maybe as great as Dillon. We will know if she is still writing great poetry 40 years from now. That said, right now all I can say is that I think she is amazing!
kjones3414
At first I thought she was just imitating Lucinda Williams, but the more I hear her, I realize she's got her own unique voice, and she's definitely growing on me.
Her second effort " Filth and Fire" is truly an amazing piece of work....
I saw Mary when she was touring with the Cowboy Junkies... What an Artist!
Absolutely captivating performances at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival this year. She and Tania Elizabeth were meant for each other!
One of the artists we enjoyed on KAXE public radio in the Minnesota northwoods. Honesty and truth.
joiegrrlherb a l s
Truth teller. Brilliant storyteller. She always knocks me out...when I am able to experience her live, it is ALWAYS the highlight of the year! Love you, Mary!
She's lived one of those lives that creates song stories - starting when she stole her parent's car. Here's an interesting interview with her:
http://www.s o n g f a c t s . c o m / b l o g / i n t e r v i e w s / m a r y _ g a u t h i e r /
What is there not to love about Mary Gauthier (Go-shay)?? She is sharing her stories with the most lovely voice while making love to that guitar of hers. If you have found her you have hit the motherlode.
Just heard her live with Canadian fiddle player Tania Elizabeth, best $22 I've spent in long time
barrie.magui r e
As good an artist as Mary is, she's an even better human being.
seattlegal
her lovely raspy whisper reminds me of Ferron. thanks Pandora, for the intro to Mary. interesting songwriter, powerful songs.
This artist came up on Pandora raidio while I was on the Lucinda Williams station. Pretty cool from what I heard
mgm.arts
enjoyed mary's bright and strong presence in a women's writers group that met in cambridge, brighton, etc. back in '95-'97...
Great music from a great artist
sbelz56
Simply soulful...
I think she's great. She sounds a bit like Lucinda Williams with a sense of humor.
burnthefat
Mary Gauthier is the perfect mix of street wise and spiritual! Can't wait for her next release.
danielle_onl y
I am so happy to have finally happened on Ms. Gauthier.
She reminds me of Canadian artist, Ferron. Which is a very good thing in my book.
mississip
wanna know when she is going to come back to South Louisiana, moreover Lafayette.
The first time I heard her I thought she was incredible.T h o u g h t she lyricly reminded me of Lucinda Williams whom I also adore.
4 for 4 on CD releases. she just keeps getting better.
99% of her genes are shared with Lucinda Williams (and John Prine, for that matter). Would love to hear live! OK, I guess she and John do have that X-Y difference.. . o t h e r w i s e 99%.
bamma.king
I saw her when she opened for John Prine at Fort Worth's Bass Hall. Love at first sight & sound! She's very real and down to earth.
i saw her in Anapolis and she is AWESOME as always. Love her stories.
i am crazy about her...incred i b l e lyrics and feeling. i'd love to see her in concert
wpeeling
She sounds a lot like Lucinda Williams. I like her lyrics.
She is amazing...ma k e s me cry and smile and feel.. fall... and fly
She knocked the wind of me the first time I heard her; absolutely brilliant.
A very good storyteller; reminds me of Lucinda, maybe better. Wish I could see her live.
She cuts right to it, doesn't she? I think the lady's been there and done it, because when she tells about it she makes me think I was there with her. And Mary, if you're reading this, I Drink. Too.
A true artist and a great performer. if you are lucky enough to see her in concert, do so! You will not regret it.

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