Some songwriters just hit you where you live. Mary Gauthier (pronounced go-SHAY) is one of those songwriters. With a voice at once edgy and sweet, and lyrics that flow through your veins like a shot of whiskey, Gauthier crafts and performs songs that leave you reeling. If you like Americana and roots music, Mary is your gal. Think the lilting rhymes of Johhny Cash, the heart of Lucinda Williams, and a little of the darkness of Tom Waits, and you start to get a sense of her work, although she is definitely an American original.
Her newest album, The Foundling
, tells the story of her search for her birthmother. In Gauthier's own words from her website
I was born to an unwed mother in 1962 and subsequently surrendered to St. Vincents Women and Infants Asylum on Magazine Street in New Orleans, where I spent my first year. I was adopted shortly thereafter but left my adopted family at fifteen. I wandered for years, looking for, but never quite finding a place that felt like home. I searched for, found, and was denied a meeting with my birth mother when I was 45 years old. She couldn't afford to reopen the wound she'd carried her whole life, the wound of surrendering a baby. The Foundling is my story.
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The Foundling can be purchased here.
to watch some of Gauthier's videos.
Mary Gauthier will be playing in Cambridge, Massachusetts,
Thanks so much for visiting! xo Gigi