Basic Folk 142 – Mary Gauthier

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Mary Gauthier‘s book, Saved By A Song, is a must-read for all humans with feelings that need feeling. Gauthier has been writing and recording songs since the early 90’s, but she actually started her music career relatively late at age 30. She had grown up as an adopted child in Thibodaux, Louisiana, which was something that she didn’t realize had greatly impacted her until she was in her 40’s. She created a concept album, The Foundling, out of that realization. Some people find that album hard to listen to, but it was deeply healing for her and for other grown-up adopted children. She found herself in the Boston area as a chef in her late 20’s. She was arrested for drunk driving the night of her restaurant opening, The Dixie Kitchen. She spent a hard night in jail, got sober and started taking an interest in songwriting. Thanks to encouragement she found at open mics in the area, including at Club Passim, Mary discovered her true passion was writing songs. She stepped away from her stable career in the restaurant business and started pursued music full time. She’s toured, released albums and co-written songs with music professionals for the past 30+ years now. For the past several years, she’s been working with soldiers and their families on writing songs together. The process has been rewarding and challenging for her, culminating in her latest studio album Rifles and Rosary Beads. She has continued her writing with professionals and soldiers as well as teaching songwriting classes. Most recently, she’s been working with health care workers to write songs in reaction to their Covid-19 experience. Her work is a gift not only to us, her listeners, but it has actually been life-changing to countless individuals and their families. She is brilliant at bringing people to their most frightening and vulnerable places because she is living proof that life is better on the other side of trauma. Thank you for your wonderful work, Mary Gauthier! Mary’s most recent album, 2018’s Rifles and Rosary Beads
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