July 8, 2010 |
One of the most electrifying moments at this year's Stagecoach country music festival had nothing to do with the high-wattage, big-budget stage productions that accompanied performances by the event's main attractions, Toby Keith, Keith Urban, Brooks & Dunn and Sugarland. In fact, it came as the result of a technological breakdown. Inside a tent with the noontime sun blazing above, Louisiana singer and songwriter Mary Gauthier was in the middle of a song from her new album, "The Foundling," when a loud pop was heard over the PA, and then the sound system died.
August 18, 2009 |
The songwriters attending Mary Gauthier's class pulled up a folding chair or found a patch of lawn, to hear her inveigh against the forces that block writers' best effort. "Let's talk about obstacles, the crap we tell ourselves. 'I'm not worthy. I'm fat, I'm gay, I'm old. My mama said I couldn't sing. My fourth-grade teacher said I couldn't write,' " Gauthier said. "Help me out here." A student jumped in: "Someone's already said it better than I could." "You're a privileged white chick.
March 2, 2008
I met Mary Gauthier on a flight from L.A. to Nashville last year. I was delighted to see the lengthy article on her work ["Enough About Me," Feb. 24]. Her lyrics are powerful. Mary sent me her CD after we talked on the plane about politics and life. I've played "Mercy" for everyone who would listen. Even my 21-year-old who has never listened to country and western music grabbed the CD and kept it in her car for months, enjoying the powerful lyrics and melancholy of Mary's music. Sharon Jimenez Los Angeles
February 24, 2008 |
For a long time, Mary Gauthier had a lot of trouble, and very little mystery. Through four albums, she laid every piece of her life on the table in forlorn, unvarnished, autobiographical song, like a no-luck gambler who's come to hate her own money at the end of the night. There was the mother she never knew; the jocks and pompom girls who made her an outcast as a kid; the time she ran away from home and found herself a new family of drag queens and pot dealers who read Kerouac.
January 31, 2008
There's a cinema verite quality to the stark portraits Mary Gauthier creates in her haunting songs of lives coming together or apart. The Louisiana-born singer-songwriter comes down squarely in the John Prine tradition, with Travis-picked guitar backing for these plain-sung and sometimes spoken narratives. Her latest album, "Between Daylight and Dark," is even more haunting than her 2005 breakthrough, "Mercy Now," thanks in part to darkly atmospheric production by the ever-busy Joe Henry.
November 27, 2005 |
KANYE WEST, the rapper-producer who topped last year's Freshman Class, makes his presence known again by contributing to the success of two members of this year's class: R&B singer John Legend and "American Idol" winner Fantasia. Other entries in the annual salute to the year's most noteworthy pop arrivals include the radical cabaret sensibilities of Antony and the Johnsons and the stark commentaries of a 42-year-old former restaurateur.