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Drag Queens In Limousines

Mary GauthierAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 10, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Groove House
  • ASIN: B00001R3MN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,674 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Though she's made a name for herself in Boston as both a songwriter and as a chef, Mary Gauthier has little in common with her more refined New England folk brethren. Her aspirations and influences point toward the twangy lyricism of Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, and Townes Van Zandt. If the Louisiana native hasn't yet attained their mastery, she's headed in the right direction. Gauthier's first widely available release is filled with striking, unrepentant outcasts--from convicted murderess Karla Faye Tucker to, as she sings in the title song, "drag queens in limousines, nuns in blue jeans, dreamers with big dreams, poets and AWOL marines." Her characters are captured in words that are rarely sentimental, always keen, and often wise. Against a simple but vivid acoustic backdrop, Gauthier's thick drawl rings with the truth of deeply felt emotions. Whether in a peaceful love song or a brutally realistic vignette, Gauthier lends every line great affection, dignity, and respect. --Roy Kasten


With strong songwriting and powerful vocals, the alternative country album Drag Queens in Limousines might be a pleasant surprise for some who try to judge it by its unusual title alone. This 1999 sophomore album was recorded by Louisiana native Mary Gauthier. Of course, most of the numbers on this award-winning offering aren't your everyday kind of country. Some of the lyrics have even been called brutally honest. One of the songs, Karla Faye,is about a Texas death row inmate by that name. Other numbers are simply about the rejects of society and the struggles that most people face at one point or another. Gauthier is a talented singer and completely capable of sharing her emotions through her lyrics. A few songs fans can sample on this album are Different Kind of Gone, Our Lady of the Shooting Stars, and Lucky Stars. --Charlotte Dillon-All Music Guide

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Gauthier Way February 14, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This album was one of my great discoveries of the past year, a really pleasant surprise. For fans of really basic music, boiled down to brilliant traditional songwriting and a voice that hides nothing from you, this is a terrific purchase.
The sound is great: light guitars, stripped-down country backings all force Mary's great voice front and center. Good thing, too, because the words are often stunning, full of honey in their heartbreak. From relationships that appear to wear down like the nub of a pencil, to bleary nights spent holding up bar counters, Gauthier's lyrics plumb the depths of the dark and come up smelling sweetly of either gentle resignation or light laughter. Like Mark Eitzel, but without the near-constant self-flagellation, Gauthier seems to sing her way into self-discovery on each and every song. "Fish swim," she sings, and then, as if shrugging her way casually into her own true talent, "I drink."
The only bad thing I can say about this CD is that some of the songs sound a lot like each other, and that's only partly bad when songs sound that good.
One final thing: some of the publicity I've seen for this CD (including Mary Gauthier's website) has gotten into the annoying habit of trying to sell her life story rather than her music (ran away from home, big bad city, drink, drugs, yada yada yada; I have visions of Vanilla Ice screaming he's from the streets). The music speaks more about what Mary has been through/put herself through than any she-walks-the-walk marketing copy on a website is going to say. And Mary says it all better.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD full of honest lyrics September 28, 1999
Format:Audio CD
I heard Mary Gauthier perform in Boston and after hearing her live I had to have this Cd. Her lyrics are so brutally honest and they are underscored with enough simplicity that they are the forefront of the recording. Each song is a new poignant story that pulls you in and pulls you apart at the same time. She dares to touch upon subjects most songwriters avoid and can provoke even the most cold heart to feel empathy. The songs "Karla Faye" and "Lifetime" are highltights for me, but the whole CD has such an even quality to it that I am sure my favorites will shift with each listen.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tired of Fast-Food for Thought? October 23, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Every now and then someone comes down the pike with something different to say. An artist that has found their own voice. One that speaks from the heart. Mary Gauthier is such a person. One listen to "drag quuens", "i drink", "different kind of gone", "evangeline", "lifetime" and "karla faye" are all it should take to hook any music junkie. Unfortunately, most folks need comparisons to know what to expect. If I must...take a pinch of John Prine, a dash of Terry Allen, a smidge of Tom Waits, add a little Lucinda Williams, some Toni Price and a heepin' helpin' of "twang". If Mary "Go-Shay" doesn't whet your appetite you better stick to what Nashville jams down your throat. Mary Gauthier has found the recipe for success. I hope she keeps cookin' like this.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spare, stark, visceral, honest, gritty�brilliant. April 18, 2004
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Last night I saw Mary Gauthier in concert, opening for John Prine. I'd never heard of her. As soon as she was finished with her set I went to the merchandise stall and bought this CD.
Drag Queens in Limousines is spare, stark, visceral, honest, gritty-all the things an honest folk music excursion is supposed to be. While many compare her style and substance to more contemporary musicians, who she reminds me of is a young, dynamic, angry and eloquent Bob Dylan. Her style is spare in the extreme-usually a guitar and some harmonica riffs make up the sum total of the musical support of these song. Her voice is also Dylan-esque-low and gravelly and charged with emotion. On the other hand, Mary has a knack for developing a light tune that enhances the story without detracting from it.
Charged with emotion would also describe most of these songs. "I Drink" is the unapologetic anthem of a feisty alcoholic who is aware of the disgust and opprobrium her habit and mere presence evince among those she encounter but who clearly doesn't give a hoot. Drag Queens is a tale of a runaway. Karla Faye the tale of a murderer.
This is gritty country-ish folk album. The characters and stories it tells are people on the margins and the woe that befalls them-and the innate spirit they have that keeps them going, head up, fighting to the end, all obstacles in their paths notwithstanding.
One senses that Ms Gauthier is not all that different form those she sings about. This lends an aspect of honesty and angst that permeates the whole exercise. This is a virtuoso performance and an extraordinary album. One can only hope that there are many more to come.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A lifetime ain't no time at all March 25, 2003
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Mary Gauthier writes songs in the vein of Lucinda Williams, and tells tales of life on the dirty boulevard in even rougher terms than Lucinda.
The CD contains songs about broken relationships, topless dancers, junkies, and misfits, and makes you wonder how much of it is autobiographical. Some might consider this subject matter depressing, but as you listen, a yearning for love and redemption emerges, and there's a sad sense of beauty in it all. In reading some of her road diaries on her website, it sounds like she's found at least some of the things she's been looking for, so don't be surprized if by the next CD, we'll hear more uplifting lyrics. Regardless, she's a great storyteller, something which isn't likely to change.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 3 months ago by Buzz Fledderjohn
5.0 out of 5 stars New fan of Mary
I was recently introduced to Mary Gauthier through Pandora and made a rare purchase so I could hear more. Read more
Published on June 17, 2012 by rtclark
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely first class
It's probably all been said before. A finely balanced collection of songs. Vocal style probably not for everyone, but if you like Lucinda Williams (early stuff), Eliza Gilkyson... Read more
Published on March 10, 2009 by isis 1958
5.0 out of 5 stars Not pretty, but pretty brilliant!
I have not been able to take thus CD out of my deck. I'm not sure that is a healthy thing, as this music is not uplifting, and it's not pretty, it is down right brilliant poetic... Read more
Published on March 16, 2006 by G. E. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars If you buy one CD this month...
try this one. Think Bruce Springsteen "Nebraska" or anything John Prine, or Willie Nelson.... Heard "Drag Queens" on Boston radio WERS and had to own it. Read more
Published on September 16, 2002 by S. A. Cartwright
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark, Real, and Worth Any Effort to Get
The self-described "country noir" of Gauthier (pronounced go-SHAY, by the way) plumbs emotional bareness you'd find at the core of country, from the perspective of... Read more
Published on July 23, 2000 by Don Thomason
5.0 out of 5 stars Experiences
True life experiences fill this CD with real poetic songs from the heart.Mary Gauthier has come a long way since she left her home in New Orleans. Read more
Published on May 6, 2000 by Jo-Ann E. Stuto
5.0 out of 5 stars honest stuff
Fine lyrics, beautiful melodies, and sensitive insights. An original talent. Buy this cd!
Published on March 5, 2000
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