Welcome back to American songwriter Mary Gauthier, who excels at inviting listeners into her intense world of quietly epic stories in song. Mary Gauthier’s songs tend to sound sad, but she says, “There’s no such thing as going too deep.” Through her powerful, uncompromising poetry, Mary Gauthier tells her personal story in her songs. But her latest album, Rifles & Rosary Beads from 2018, has more than one narrator. The album’s 11 songs were written with American war veterans and their families, telling of their personal experiences, combat traumas, solidarity, comradeship and home-coming problems. Rifles & Rosary Beads has been nominated for several awards and won Best Album of the Year at the International Folk Awards 2019. Mary Gauthier was born in 1962 in New Orleans. She lived in an orphanage, was adopted, ran away at 15. Her 1997 debut album Dixie Kitchen launched a career that has seen her recognised as one of USA’s most powerful and most personal songwriters. Her only Danish festival concert in 2020.
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