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Drag Queens in Limousines

by Mary Gauthier

Country noir - sharp-eyed intelligence, vocal directness, gritty and real, with themes not usually dealt with in mainstream country.
Genre: Country: Country Folk
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1. Drag Queens in Limousines
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2. Our Lady of the Shooting Stars
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3. Karla Faye
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4. I Drink
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5. Evangeline
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6. Lucky Stars
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7. Different Kind of Gone
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8. Slip of the Tongue
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9. Lifetime
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Mary Gauthier's third album 'Filth & Fire' appeared on many of the top CD of the Year lists throughout the country, with Jon Pareles in The New York Times ranking the album as the #1 Independent Album of the Year. "Unflinching honesty makes Filth & Fire a triumph, the best singer-songwriter album of the year..." reported NO DEPRESSION, shortly after the album's release in July 2002. "Filth & Fire should establish her as one of the finest artists in the whole alt country field," reported the Washington Post.

"She is the People's Heart of Alternative Country," said media in Ireland after a recent European tour, and it is a sentiment that is shared by audiences everywhere Mary tours-in the U.S., in Europe, and most recently this summer, on festival stages throughout Canada.

A Louisiana native, Mary studied philosophy for five years at Louisiana State University before traveling east to study at the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts. Mary opened an award-winning restaurant, Dixie Kitchen, in Boston's historic Back Bay, later selling the restaurant to pursue music full-time and moving to Nashville. Today, Mary tours the United States extensively and continues to tour in Europe several times each year. Ever breaking new ground, in summer 2003 along with being invited to perform for second time on the Newport Folk Festival's mainstage, Mary will tour extensively in Canada performing in major festivals such as the Edmonton Folk Festival, Calgary Blues & Roots Festival, Festival d'ete de Quebec, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Stan Rogers Folk Festival, and Canmore Folk Festival, as well as other venues.

In her third cd 'Filth & Fire,' produced by Texas-based Gurf Morlix, Mary Gauthier introduces her audiences to characters whose moral qualities are tied to spiritual struggles with cords that are thin, frayed, and well-worn. Here, the listener will find some left hanging by a thread...did she jump or learn to pray out there on The Ledge? There are those who are holding on trying to find dignity like Davey, celebrating Christmas in Paradise while living under the Cow Key Bridge. People crack, crumble and burn in 'Filth & Fire' as they deal with the everyday dramas that depict universal themes of love vs. lovelessness, community vs. loneliness, and despair vs. faith. But, they're dealing. And for the artist, that seems to be what matters most. From the 'royal denizens' of Camelot Motel, with "damn good reasons for their sins" who seek anonymity not absolution, to the "dirty air, dirty laundry, dirty money, dirty rain," of Mary's Louisiana birthplace in Burnin' Sugar Cane, Mary Gauthier's fans who first embraced 'Drag Queens in Limousines' will find plenty of the grit they love.

The US release of her sophomore CD 'Drag Queens in Limousines,' was nothing short of phenomenal-within six months Mary Gauthier was touring coast to coast and accepting invitations to perform on the main stages of more than a dozen of the most prestigious festivals in U.S., from Strawberry Music in California to the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island, and the CD received national airplay and media attention in publications like Billboard and No Depression in the US, and international praise in Rolling Stone (4 stars), MOJO (Album of the Month), Q Magazine, Uncut, Les Inrocktibles, and Country Music People, as well as awards such as the Independent Artist of the Year and a Silver Star from Crossroads Magazine.

Mary Gauthier will be recording her fourth album in October 2003 with Gurf Morlix producing. The CD is scheduled for a spring 2004 release.


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Ted Sink

A lyrical heartstopper. Why haven't we heard more about her?
I haven't come across song writing this good in a long time. I would love to hear her hooked up with some great studio musicians.

Ted Muller

drag queens in limousines
I purchased her mercy cd awhile back & just ordered the drag queen cd. Her whisky voice sends
chills up & down my back. Love her singing

Deborah Burnett

Wow
Mary begins where Janis left off! Wow, Great stuff!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Beverly McNabb

Fabulously immersed in the complexities and inter-weavings of relationships
So much of these lyrics are set in the grittiness of life and the enormous asks that are made of people in their relationships with themselves and with others. I love the heartfelt rawness and vibrancy of Mary's voice and her ability to use her guitar to amplify her message. Great stuff! Fabulous writing and music.

John Christian

Strong, uncluttered songwriting backed by performances with passion
From the moment I heard "I Drink" while driving one day, I knew I wanted to hear the remainder of this album. Gauthier and Harmon certainly clicked in the song writing department on this piece of work. As a resident of Newfoundland, Canada, I am blessed with the opportunity to constantly hear locally-made music that bleeds the same range of emotions found on Drag Queens in Limousines. I usually hate to compare artists with one another but this album did remind me of Kris Kristofferson's early stuff in terms of the creativity, the poetry and the consistency of high standard. I highly recommend Drag Queens in Limousines!

Walter Zumbrennen

Love her music
Great muscian that unfortunately has not received the fame she should have. Her music is unlike most country or for that matter any other musical style. It is real...you feel like you are listening to someone who lived the lyrics, not just singing them.

Dan I.

Perfect second effort
Extraordinary second album. Mary doesn't write songs, she puts poetry to music. She doesn't sing, she tells stories to a melody. And what stories they are. There is a truth in her lyrics that not everyone has the guts to tell. Great production by Crit Harmon as well as great playing by everyone. A must have for any collection.

Maureen Carr

My new favorite CD
Hard to believe that everyone hasn't heard about this CD. I, too, found it by accident, cruising CD Baby and am so glad I did.

jan wilde

mary is shit hot as always - love it
i love mary's work, not only is she a great song writer and has this way of making you feel like you know her, she also has the most wonderful soulful voice, can croon and express her emotions harmoniously. her political slant also shows she has her heart in the right place. she's touring australia at the moment and i'm totally excited about that so if you haven't had a chance to witness this great songstress and you live in oz nows your chance.

Calvin Brown

Can't get enough
Liked the CD more each time I listened to it. The title track is great but especially like the track I drink.
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