Mary Gauthier

Mary Gauthier to perfrom a night of truth in song at Bird Song Studio

It’s been a few years since the release of Mary Gauthier’s last full length album, Trouble and Love (2014), but the Americana singer and songwriter hasn’t exactly been sitting still. While keeping a full solo tour schedule, and working with Grammy-nominated songstress Gretchen Peters and Eliza Gilkyson on the Three Women And The Truth Tour, Gauthier is also writing a book on songwriting through Yale University Press, scheduled for release in 2017.

Gauthier detailed a snapshot of the book’s subject matter by contrasting two types of songwriters:  the escapists along with the troubadours and truth tellers. The escapists are the segment who entertain and provide relief with the idea to distract and divert people from what is going on in life in their songwriting. On the other side of the spectrum are the troubadours and truth tellers. 

“When times get hard or confusing, there is a real need for the troubadours and truth tellers to help make sense of what is happening,” she says. “That is one of the great blessings of songs— they contain spiritual medicine. Songwriting can be one of the healing arts if used in that way. That’s what I’m interested in and that’s what I do.”

A Louisiana native and now Nashville-resident, Gauthier’s own body of work centers on subjects of hope, love, compassion, light and darkness, touching on the human condition like few have done. Her compelling and often-haunting melodies have garnered her countless nominations and honors. Her 2005 album Mercy Now, which featured the standout title track along with “I Drink,” was on the top 10 list for the year in dozens of publications, including The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Daily News, and Billboard Magazine.  She was awarded “New Artist of the Year” by The Americana Music Association the same year and also received nominations for “Song of the Year” and “Album of the Year.”

On Saturday, September 17, Gauthier will bring her songs to Woodbury’s Birdsong Studio as part of the venue’s Roots Music Series. The show will mark Gauthier’s second appearance at Bird Song Studio, a place she describes as a cool and comfortable setting in which to perform. The former Presbyterian church dates back to 1955. Cannon County resident Neal Appelbaum purchased the building in 2010 and renovated it while maintaining its striking aspects such as the hardwood flooring and church bell. The studio is now directed by song writer Robyn Taylor.

“Mary’s music gave me permission to start telling the truth in my own songs. I am truly honored that she will be returning to Bird Song this year,” says Taylor. “Her maturity, depth and honesty are unmatched and her ability to entertain a crowd as a solo performer always amazes me.”

“I like playing, and the small shows are great. It’s a wonderful feeling to connect and I have songs that work in that environment. I consider it a privilege to play and I’ll take them on a journey,” says Gauthier.

For more information, visit  thebirdsongstudio.com.

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