Americana singer/songwriter Mary Gauthier recently participated in an installment of the GRAMMY Museum's The Drop series. Before an intimate audience at the Museum's Clive Davis Theater, Gauthier discussed the making of her new album, Trouble & Love, including how she initially wrote 35 songs for the album, among other topics. Gauthier also performed a brief set, including "When A Woman Goes Cold" from her new album.
"I was trying to make a record that fell in like a book," said Gauthier regarding Trouble & Love. "In the beginning, the character is stunned and shocked — it's a breakup record … and in the end there's a sense of spiritual growth and development."
Born in Louisiana, Gauthier worked as a chef before writing her first song in her mid-30s and releasing her debut album, Dixie Kitchen, in 1997. The songs comprising her sophomore effort, 1999's Drag Queens In Limousines, led to comparisons to GRAMMY winners such as Steve Earle, John Prine and Lucinda Williams. She subsequently released 2002's Filth & Fire, 2005's Mercy Now and 2007's Between Daylight And Dark, the latter of which was produced by GRAMMY-winning producer Joe Henry (Solomon Burke, Ramblin' Jack Elliot, Carolina Chocolate Drops) and peaked at No. 30 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart.
Following the release of 2010's The Foundling, Gauthier released Trouble & Love on June 9. The album features eight tracks co-written by Gauthier, including "When A Woman Goes Cold" and "Oh Soul."
Gauthier is currently in the midst of an international tour, with dates scheduled through August.
Upcoming GRAMMY Museum events include Reel To Reel: Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton (June 16), The Drop: John Fullbright (June 30) and Great Guitars: Laurence Juber (July 14).
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