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MARY GAUTHIER - biography

In a Nashville bookstore, to the tune of steam hissing from a latte machine and laptop taps of nearby browsers, she speaks in a low voice, yet communicates urgently. Her voice never rises. Her music never rattles rafters or crashes like cymbals toward the high notes in a power chorus. Her tempos shuffle and trudge more than they dash.

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  • Audio CD (September 18, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Lost Highway
  • ASIN: B000TWKUNG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,132 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Snakebit
2. Can't Find the Way
3. Between the Daylight And the Dark
4. Last Of the Hobo Kings
5. Before You Leave
6. Please
7. Same Road
8. I Ain't Leaving
9. Soft Place To Land
10. Thanksgiving

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With her 2005 Lost Highway debut, Mercy Now, Mary Gauthier's presence as a notable songwriter increased on an international level. She earned the Americana Music Association's Award for New/Emerging Artist Of The Year, spots on several notable critics' best of lists, and even praise from Bob Dylan on his XM Satellite Radio Show. Her evolution as a singer/songwriter continues with Between Daylight and Dark. Produced by Joe Henry and recorded live in the studio in Henry's basement during the course of five days, Mary discovers the more fragile, tender, and hopeful side of letting the past go and living in the present.

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In an era when too many youthful singer-songwriters earn critical plaudits too easily, the more mature Mary Gauthier's track record has been a heartening exception to that rule. Her difficult early life and ability to create soulful, in-your-face poetry from harsh reality, occasional brutality, and hope set her apart. If anything, she surpasses her past work with this stunning live-in-the-studio effort that captures a wide range of scenarios. There's the needy desperation of the love songs "Please" and "Before You Leave" and her brilliant conjuring of the raw displacement, rage, and grief of her fellow New Orleanians in the Hurricane Katrina-inspired "Can't Find the Way" (with a cameo from the legendary Van Dyke Parks). The atmospheric title song, penned by Gauthier and Fred Eaglesmith, teems with the angst of lost love. As the hard-hitting scenario of "Snakebit" carries the tension of classic film noir, "Thanksgiving" captures a bleak holiday prison visit. "The Last of the Hobo Kings" stands as a 21st-century requiem to the vanishing transients of the past, decades before they were renamed "homeless." Joe Henry's spare, understated production only enhances the wallop of these performances. In a world glutted with Americana singer-songwriters, many plagued by a dilettantism that prevents them from plowing too deeply into the dark side of the human condition, Gauthier reaffirms--magnificently--her ability to do that and much more. --Rich Kienzle

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I love her lyrics and style.
Jay
Most of her songs tell stories, nearly all of them sad and painful, with depth and honesty.
Terry Molnar
This goes right to the heart, life music is better.
J. Boon

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By B.A. on September 22, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is yet another amazing, dark, moving album from Mary Gauthier, whose consistency has led to five great albums. Needless to say, I am already a big fan of Mary's.
Upon first listen, this album is more sparse, having been recorded live, lacking the smooth production of her other albums which have collaborated with Gurf Morlix in Nashville. But the intensity begins from the beginning notes. Her singing is a bit rough, less polished, but just as moving. Sometimes I think her music is like a female Bob Dylan, Blood on the Tracks, with a southern drawl and an older-person's edge. Her "Can't Find the Way," about the flood in her native New Orleans, is gripping. Another standout for me is "Soft Place to Land." If you get interested in Mary through this album, please go back and enjoy, in turn, each of her other four gems.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By James Carragher on November 5, 2007
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At Joe's Pub in NYC last Friday night, Mary Gauthier told a largely gray head audience that she doesn't write happy songs. I suppose that is strictly true, but, with apologies to her and her understanding of what she writes, I don't think it's enough to leave it at that. Good things do not often happen in her songs, it is true. But the circumstances of those bad things lead sometimes to acts of love, kindness and, most importantly, carrying on. Her subjects are battered, but not beaten by what life deals them. This has been a constant in her work from the beginning. Check out, for example, the parents in Skeleton Town from her very first CD, the optimistic-despite-it-all Christmas in Paradise from Filth and Fire and the title cut from her last, Mercy Now (an even more moving acoustic, violin-accompanied version of MN closed out Friday's set).

But she has never pulled everything together as well as she does on Between Daylight and Dark. With quiet and unadorned production from Joe Henry, Mary Gauthier has stepped out of whatever shadow Lucinda Williams was still casting over her with her own Car Wheels on a Gravel Road -- a CD stuffed with one great song after another that captures where we are as individuals in and out of love (Before You Leave, Please, and I Ain't Leaving) and as a country grapping with violence and the end of frontiers (Snakebit and Last of the Hobo Kings).

Five stars is way too few for this CD.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By R. W. Twinney on October 13, 2007
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This lady can do no wrong. As a singer/songwriter she knocks the 'fluffy' new country bimbo's for six, male and female! If she had been around at the time she could have fitted in, no trouble, as a woman, with the original Nashville outlaws, Cash. Kristofferson, Nelson and co. Her music goes from strength to strength and I recommend anyone who has not heard her and likes their country,folk, americana music, call it what you will, with an 'edge' to listen, really listen, to this singer songwriter. She is brillient.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Niall on January 3, 2008
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Sorry, MG fans. Hate to spoil the party. Gautier is an excellent songwriter and a criminally overlooked artist, but this is not Mary at her best.

Joe Henry produced this release and his production or "sound" almost ruins this release for me. Mary Gautier's music works best with rudimentary backing. The percussion here almost distracts from the music. It's too atmospheric. He tinkers with her basic sound just enough to call attention away from the songs.

The songwriting isn't quite as good as I've come to expect, either. Thanksgiving and Last of the Hobo Kings stand up with her best, but the lyrics to A Soft Place to Land almost sound trite ("I'm crashing through the clouds I used to walk on")

Gautier voice is such that the less she tries the better she sounds. I find a whining quality to her voice here that I have never noticed before.

When I listen to the CD I find myself--about halfway in--wanting to hear the far superior Mercy Now. That is a stunning release. Between Daylight and Dark sounds kinda recycled.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ★ R I Z Z O ❤ VINE VOICE on June 12, 2010
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The first song I heard of Mary Gauthier was "Can't Find The Way", which reveals the pain of Katrina survivors. Those involved can feel and relive the experience, but mostly, what the rest of us only viewed or read about, the devastating, hardened, senseless disaster. The title says so much, how do you go home, when you can't find the way. This is eerie, love the music and the way she delivers the lyrics.

When you listen to Mary, she commands your attention, reminds me of the power of lyrics of Lucinda Williams, not quite as gritty though. Mary tells the story, and you can the images are yours.

I love "Before You Leave"; how sad, the instruments are profound, and again, it's how her voice and delivery draws one in.

A prison visit is the theme for "Thanksgiving", again, she speaks of the red tape, frustration, coldness, for ironically, what should be a beautiful day of Thanksgiving.

For memorable stories, excellent delivery, and relaxing music, listen to Mary Gauthier........ Rizzo
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sweetkandy on February 3, 2011
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Finding Mary was a accident. A very good accident. She is so real as her music is so much about her own experience in her life, She shares so much of her self in her writing. I would, will, do buy anything by Mary Gauthier. She never fails to tell you a story with music, feelings, life. I highly recommend her as a artist of this century. Listen and she will be your best friend to, this is how you feel about Mary~~~
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