Acclaimed singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier will perform at Songbirds on Sept. 8 in support of her recently released album, Dark Enough To See The Stars (Thirty Tigers). Dark Enough To See The Stars follows her celebrated debut book, Saved by a Song: The Art and Healing Power of Songwriting, and Rifles & Rosary Beads, her 2018 album that earned a Grammy nomination for Best Folk Album and an Album of the Year nomination from the Americana Music Association.
Find ticket information for her Chattanooga performance here.
Review for Mary Gauthier:
On Dark Enough To See The Stars, Gauthier reveals a different side of her songwriting by offering an optimistic view of herself with songs that celebrate the peace she’s found and the joy of new love. “I’ve never gone into a romantic love song phase,” Gauthier explains. “I’ve always written about the end of love or the longing for love. It’s certainly not something I ever imagined I was capable of.” Gauthier also mourns recent losses, including the passings of John Prine, Nanci Griffith and David Olney, who were dear friends and mentors.
Gauthier has earned deep respect and admiration for her thoughtful and introspective songwriting and storytelling amongst fans and fellow artists; Blake Shelton's cover of "I Drink" and Jimmy Buffet's take on "Wheel Inside the Wheel" are just a few examples of the artists who have recorded her songs. She has multiple lifetimes worth of experiences that inform her music and her deep understanding of human emotions. Although recovery, healing, and self-acceptance are never-ending ordeals, Gauthier has gone from being the wounded to being the healer, using her music to help others through their own hard times. Whether she’s working through her own issues or helping veterans and frontline workers share their experiences, Mary Gauthier has shown her ability to reconstruct trauma into a resolute and communal narrative for the greater good.
Mary Gauthier has proven to be one of the most sincere and poignant voices in music. In recent years, she has been featured in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Associated Press, NPR Music, Rolling Stone Country, CBS This Morning, Fresh Air with Terry Gross, and so much more. The Americana Music Association UK named her International Artist of the Year in 2019.
Mary's partner, Jaimee Harris, is the supporting act on the Dark Enough to See the Stars tour.