Los Angeles, CA: performed at the El Rey Theatre
Mary Gauthier's musical career spans six groundbreaking albums of original songs, more than a dozen years of recording and touring around the world, a harvest of music industry awards and covers of her songs by a roster of great artists. Gauthier found her muse as a songwriter after a rocky 35 years of life that began orphaned in New Orleans and adopted by a Catholic family led by an alcoholic father and depressed mother. Mary left home at 15 and her young adulthood was full of substance abuse while she made a living working in restaurants. After getting sober, she made her way to open mic nights on Boston’s busy coffeehouse circuit and in 1997, she released her debut album, titled Dixie Kitchen, which earned her a nomination for Best New Contemporary Folk Artist at the Boston Music Awards.
Gauthier's career really took off after her second album, Drag Queens in Limousines, drew a four-star rating in Rolling Stone and she became a presence at folk festivals across the U.S. and Europe. The title tune, "I Drink," won Best Folk/Singer-Songwriter Song at the first annual Independent Music Awards and Mary was named Best Country Music Artist at the GLAMA’s (Gay and Lesbian American Music Awards).
Reviewing Gauthier's latest album, The Foundling, Los Angeles Times music writer Randy Lewis said, “The acclaimed Louisiana singer and songwriter tackles the most powerful story of all – that of her own life – in this extraordinarily powerful and clear-eyed song cycle encompassing issues of abandonment, adoption, identity, blame, forgiveness and love set to music as richly diverse as the thematic content.”