Mary Gauthier Plays This Tuesday at The Cactus Cafe
It had been a turbulent life for singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier. But from the turmoil emerged powerful songs that showed a survivor, an individual who had hope despite great pain and suffering. There was no turning back.
Gauthier lived through a difficult childhood in Louisianna, and later, drug addiction. However, rather than sinking further into despair, sobriety gave her the ability to express her experiences through her music. She independently released her first two albums, Dixie Kitchen (1997) and Drag Queens in Limousines (1999), then Filth and Fire (2002) on an indie label, and Mercy Now (2005) through Lost Highway Records. One of her best albums to date is 2007′s Between Daylight and Dark, which clearly reveals a strong yet vulnerable human being who struggles to keep her faith.
“My songwriting changes as I change, and though it’s odd to admit it, I discover a lot about who I am in my songwriting,” Gauthier says. “I can see how I’ve changed by looking back at how my songs have changed. The songs on this record are a little more fragile, a little more tender, and a lot more hopeful.”