Wednesday, January 16, 2013

CD Review: Mary Gauthier Tells Stories On Her First Live Album

From Nashville comes singer/songwriter Mary Gauthier (pronounced Go-SHAY) with her first live album entitled “Live At Blue Rock,” recorded last year at the Blue Rock Artist Ranch and Studio in Wimberley, TX. Her last studio album, “The Foundling” received critical acclaim and landed at #3 on the L.A. Times’ 2011 “Records of the Year.” This new live album will be released on February 7 through In The Black and features eight of Mary’s original songs and three cover songs by fellow folk poet Fred Eaglesmith.

The hour-long album begins with the Eaglesmith cover, “Your Sister Cried” as Gauthier gets her country twang going during the folk song’s chorus. Her songwriting excels on the storied lyrics of “Last Of The Hobo Kings” and “Karla Faye” as she paints these wonderful pictures with her words. The highlight of the set is “Sugar Cane” from her third album, “Filth & Fire.” She shows such passion in her delivery of her lyrics that you can just sit and listen to her stories all day. The album finishes up with the slightly upbeat tempo of “Wheel Inside The Wheel” as the song closes in on the eight-minute mark.

Mary Gauthier is currently on tour, performing in Miami, FL before heading north to Nova Scotia. As she makes her way back down the east coast, she will be performing at Café Nine in New Haven, CT on March 14 before finishing up her tour in April in Dallas, TX. For more information on her new album, “Live At Blue Rock” and for a complete list of live dates, please check out marygauthier.com.

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