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Mary Gauthier


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Mary Gauthier (born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1962) is an American country and folk singer/songwriter. Given up at birth by a mother she never knew, Mary was adopted. At age 15, she ran away from home and stole her parents’ car, and spent the next several years in detox, halfway houses, and living with friends; she spent her 18th birthday in jail. These experiences provided fodder for her songwriting later on (particularly her song “Drag Queens in Limousines”). Later on, she enrolled at Louisiana State University as a philosophy major, but after five years there, dropped out due to drug problems and moved to Boston. After working waitress jobs and eventually being promoted to manager of the restaurant where she worked, financial backers paid her way to attend the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts and she opened a Cajun restaurant in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood, “Dixie Kitchen” (also the title of her first album). She wrote her first song at age 35. After the release of her first album, she sold her share in the restaurant to finance her second album, Drag Queens in Limousines. Gauthier is an out lesbian and two of the songs on her first album, “Goddamn HIV” and “Skeleton Town”, dealt with AIDS.

Her surname is pronounced “go-chay.”


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  • uhohspagettio

    her music makes me feel less lonely

    30 May 1:29am Reply
  • uhohspagettio

    saw her perform live just a few hours ago - it was love at first listen

    19 Jun 2014 Reply
  • palanwen

    I appreciate the heart and genuine lyrics.

    9 Dec 2013 Reply
  • WharfRatJustin

    Between Daylight and Dark is mesmerizing. She is an awesome artist!

    3 Jul 2013 Reply
  • acousticpd

    Have not heard a weak track from this woman. That's rare.

    23 Feb 2013 Reply
  • GeirO2

    Like to see her in Norway. When will that happen? :-)

    13 Dec 2012 Reply
  • BJBooth

    If you enjoy Mary, should listen to Lucinda Williams as well, very similar themes and styles. Both fantastic artists great story tellers.

    27 Nov 2012 Reply
  • crossbeak

    She is absolutely amazing. I am totally blown away with her music!!!!!

    10 Jun 2012 Reply
  • ritztheater

    Mary Gauthier will be performing with Tania Elizabeth at The Ritz in Newburgh this Friday 11.11.11 at 8pm, tickets are only $25 each, call today (845) 784-1199 or visit

    9 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Druid66

    She's earned the right to sing the blues, as they say.

    20 Sep 2011 Reply
  • geeveecatullus

    I was introduced to her via the blog of my probably favourite band (Songdog) and I think she's amazing!

    19 Jan 2011 Reply
  • JulieOlberding

    I love this lady! She's got soul in there deep within!

    29 Dec 2010 Reply
  • musicarl

    She has quite a backstory, starting when she stole her parent's car:

    22 Dec 2010 Reply
  • radiocure66

    What makes her unique is that she has lived the life of some of the greats like hank williams and townes van zatct and is writing about her own expierences. Thats what the real country music is like. its about sleeping around and fighting in bars. well thats what it was like.

    9 Oct 2010 Reply
  • JoJoEskimo

    Love 'Drag Queens...', easily in my top 15 albums list. Would love to see her perform live at some point. Awesome voice.

    22 Sep 2010 Reply
  • semionato

    one fine lady. stunning stuff.

    15 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Emorej84

    Nice french canadian last name

    18 Jun 2010 Reply
  • IzzieDee

    Just saw her at the Amstelkerk in Amsterdam. Wonderful show. I was very moved by her songs. As she said herself, we were brought to the brink and returned. Just one guitar and a wonderful violinist.

    7 Jun 2010 Reply
  • knatterjak

    hey gauthier fans- head on over to to check out a great review of Mary's album "The Foundling"

    25 May 2010 Reply
  • Bose-Man

    I've only heard 2 tracks from Mary's new cd The Foundling on the radio and it sounds amazing.

    16 May 2010 Reply
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