Mary Gauthier (pronouced "go-shay") first cut her country album at the age of 45, Her songs are rife with tales of alcoholism, physical abuse and emotional breakdowns.
Louisiana native Mary had her widely-praised fourth album Mercy Now voted in the Top 10 of 2005 by listeners of WFUY in New York City
She formerly owned the Dixie Kitchen restaurant in Boston and didn't even get started writing songs until she was in her 30s. She started performing in the folk clubs of Boston where she first won an audience with her Southern Gothic songcraft.
She had cut an album aptly called Dixie Kitchen which is one of my favourites. In an LA Times review, her Mercy Now album was described as having "enough craft, conviction and honesty...to remind you of Kris Kristofferson and John Prine in their prime."
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