Mary Gauthier’s songs of pain and hope help others who’ve been there.
By Steve Houk
Mary Gauthier plays Jammin Java with Allison Moorer on March 19th (courtesy Jack Spencer)
For a songwriter, writing a love song is arguably a good bit easier than writing about something real difficult, or gut-wrenching, or downright agonizing. The energy and fortitude and pain and guts it takes to dig down deep into a very dark place and come up with not only brilliance but healing properties is the mark of a real special someone.
Mary Gauthier humbly breathes that rarified air. She could probably write a beautiful heart-shredding song about a paper bag, but her trademark is raw, no bull, pain infused, yet hope-laced roots/Americana/countryesque music, and she writes it not just for the hard-fought exorcism of her own demons, but also to let others know, hey, you’re not alone, I’ve been beaten down, too, so let’s sit by the fire…
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