Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Jango Song Of The Day-Mary Gauthier
Mary Gauthier's introspective songs have been compared favourably with the legendary Townes Van Zandt. But she's actually very similar to Lucinda Williams. Mary had a very rough early life and didn't become a musician until her mid-30s. The 2005 CD Mercy Now was her major label debut and she has a new CD coming out next week. She was born Mar. 8, 1962 in New Orleans and was adopted by a couple in Thibodaux. By age 15, she ran away from home, stole her parents car and became addicted to drugs and homeless. She spent her 18th birthday in jail. After a successful rehab, she went to culinary school and co-owned a a successful restaurant called Dixie Kitchen in Boston. Then she started writing songs and sold her share in the restaurant to finance her music. She released three CDs independently and started building a fanbase by touring the folk festival circuit. Her third CD Filth & Fire was produced by veteran producer Gurf Morlix. He is best known for his work with Lucinda Williams. Mary signed with Universal's Lost Highway label and moved to Nashville. Mercy Now was her debut CD and several of her songs have been hits for others. Joe Henry produced her 2007 CD Between Daylight and Dark. She has moved to Razor & Tie and her new CD The Foundling will be released next week. It was produced by Mike Timmons of The Cowboy Junkies. Though Mary Gauthier isn't ever going to be a pop star, if you're an alt country fan you should check her out. She's a very strong songwriter. Here's the video for Mercy Now by Mary Gauthier.