MARY GAUTHIER HEADLINES 2018 ROOTS MUSIC SERIES
Saturday, September 15th, 2018
Doors at 7pm | Show at 7:30pm | Robyn Taylor Opens
Hills of Tennessee Roots Music Series
$25 At the Door, $27 in Advance
“You’ll be hard-pressed to hear a more powerfully moving work than Rifles & Rosary Beads this year — or any other.” LA TIMES
Every day. Every single day, which means some days are better and some much worse.
Every day, on average, twenty-two veterans commit suicide. Every day.
That number does not include drug overdoses or car wrecks or any of the more inventive ways somebody might less obviously choose to die.
It seems trivial to suggest those lives might be saved — healed, even — by a song. By the process of writing a song. And yet.
And yet there is nothing trivial about Mary Gauthier's tenth album, Rifles & Rosary Beads (Thirty Tigers), all eleven songs co-written with and for wounded veterans. Eleven of the nearly four hundred songs that highly accomplished songwriters have co-written as part of the five-year-old SongwritingWith:Soldiers program.
Participants of the program have shared that the experience of songwriting was life changing for them, some even said life saving. Something about writing that song — telling that story — is healing. What program co-founder Smith calls post-traumatic-growth.
Gauthier's first nine albums presented extraordinary confessional songs, deeply personal, profoundly emotional pieces ranging from “I Drink,” a blunt accounting of addiction, to “March 11, 1962,” the day she was born — and relinquished to an orphanage — to “Worthy,” in which the singer finally understands she is deserving of love. Maybe that's where the confessional song cycle ends, for she has midwifed these eleven new songs in careful collaboration with other souls whose struggle is urgent, immediate, and palpable. And none are about her.
It has become a calling. “My job as a songwriter is to find that thing a soul needs to say,” Mary says.
Mary's songs have been recorded by Bobby Bare, Tim McGraw, Jimmy Buffet, Blake Shelton, Bettye LaVette, Mike Farris, Amy Helm, Candi Staton and more. Co-written with Gretchen Peters, her song "How You Learn To Live Alone" was featured on ABC's Nashville TV Show, and sung by Jonathan Jackson.