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Filth & Fire

by Mary Gauthier

Media in Europe call Mary 'The People's Heart of Alternative Country' and fans will find plenty of the grit they love in her new songs about characters whose moral qualities are tied to spiritual struggles with chords that are thin, frayed, and well-worn.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Walk Through The Fire
4:38 $0.99
2. Long Way To Fall
4:35 $0.99
3. Sugar Cane
4:40 $0.99
4. Merry Go Round
5:02 $0.99
5. Good-Bye
3:29 $0.99
6. Camelot Motel
4:49 $0.99
7. After You're Gone
4:54 $0.99
8. The Ledge
3:15 $0.99
9. Christmas In Paradise
4:51 $0.99
10. For Rose
3:56 $0.99
11. The Sun Fades The Color Of Everything
3:23 $0.99
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Album Notes
Mary Gauthier's third album 'Filth & Fire' appeared on many of the top CD of the Year lists throughout the country, with Jon Pareles in The New York Times ranking the album as the #1 Independent Album of the Year. "Unflinching honesty makes Filth & Fire a triumph, the best singer-songwriter album of the year..." reported NO DEPRESSION, shortly after the album's release in July 2002. "Filth & Fire should establish her as one of the finest artists in the whole alt country field," reported the Washington Post.

"She is the People's Heart of Alternative Country," said media in Ireland after a recent European tour, and it is a sentiment that is shared by audiences everywhere Mary tours-in the U.S., in Europe, and most recently this summer, on festival stages throughout Canada.

A Louisiana native, Mary studied philosophy for five years at Louisiana State University before traveling east to study at the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts. Mary opened an award-winning restaurant, Dixie Kitchen, in Boston's historic Back Bay, later selling the restaurant to pursue music full-time and moving to Nashville. Today, Mary tours the United States extensively and continues to tour in Europe several times each year. Ever breaking new ground, in summer 2003 along with being invited to perform for second time on the Newport Folk Festival's mainstage, Mary will tour extensively in Canada performing in major festivals such as the Edmonton Folk Festival, Calgary Blues & Roots Festival, Festival d'ete de Quebec, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Stan Rogers Folk Festival, and Canmore Folk Festival, as well as other venues.

In her third cd 'Filth & Fire,' produced by Texas-based Gurf Morlix, Mary Gauthier introduces her audiences to characters whose moral qualities are tied to spiritual struggles with cords that are thin, frayed, and well-worn. Here, the listener will find some left hanging by a thread...did she jump or learn to pray out there on The Ledge? There are those who are holding on trying to find dignity like Davey, celebrating Christmas in Paradise while living under the Cow Key Bridge. People crack, crumble and burn in 'Filth & Fire' as they deal with the everyday dramas that depict universal themes of love vs. lovelessness, community vs. loneliness, and despair vs. faith. But, they're dealing. And for the artist, that seems to be what matters most. From the 'royal denizens' of Camelot Motel, with "damn good reasons for their sins" who seek anonymity not absolution, to the "dirty air, dirty laundry, dirty money, dirty rain," of Mary's Louisiana birthplace in Burnin' Sugar Cane, Mary Gauthier's fans who first embraced 'Drag Queens in Limousines' will find plenty of the grit they love.

The US release of her sophomore CD 'Drag Queens in Limousines,' was nothing short of phenomenal-within six months Mary Gauthier was touring coast to coast and accepting invitations to perform on the main stages of more than a dozen of the most prestigious festivals in U.S., from Strawberry Music in California to the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island, and the CD received national airplay and media attention in publications like Billboard and No Depression in the US, and international praise in Rolling Stone (4 stars), MOJO (Album of the Month), Q Magazine, Uncut, Les Inrocktibles, and Country Music People, as well as awards such as the Independent Artist of the Year and a Silver Star from Crossroads Magazine.

Mary Gauthier will be recording her fourth album in October 2003 with Gurf Morlix producing. The CD is scheduled for a spring 2004 release.



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Great CD, she is awesome
I am so glad I heard Mary on Larry's show on Houston KPFT. The interview was great. I just completed getting all her albums & enjoying them very much.


Poetic genius, Music & words that capture your soul & relive the memories
Well crafted lyrics, music & visions that help the listener live the songs. An outstanding set of engaging, award winning songs. The artist has poured her heart & soul into every track. A must have.


Her music reaches into my soul...
She just gets better with time. Her songs seem very tight and well crafted technically, while being sung with unmistakable, genuine feeling and honesty. Her compassion and respect for people we judge and condemn shines through.

Pete Schneider

this cd is pure hot country, gets a bit down, but doesn't all country.... I have had it on my ipod on repeat for my ride to work for a week

Cant say it enough... if your into emotional hard country GO FOR IT!!!!


Mary Gauthier an artist to watch
Mary is one talented writer of stories that dig deep into the psyche of the American wastland. A MUST own CD in any collection.


the most remarkable songwriter I've ever heard
Two months ago I didn't know who Mary Gauthier was; now I can't get enough of her. I picked up "Mercy Now" quite by mistake -- it was a freeby with a magazine subscription my friend signed up for at the Winfield Bluegrass Festival. It took less than one song to be enthralled by her words and music; the emotions she evokes and the images she creates in a simple few words express the poetry of life (even at its dreariest) like no other songwriter I've heard. I immediately hunted down her other CDs and she is all I want to listen to. I know this will pass, but her voice speaks to me in ways I can't explain.

CD Baby

This female fronted Country, reminiscent of the Indigo Girls' Shaming of the Sun album, is steeped in dusty, rugged folk and is one to kick back with this summer. Wiping the sweat of yer brow with an ice cold one, this is like the summer wind in your ears, stirring up the smells of washboard dirt roads, the sun-parched hills of Tennessee and baking asphalt.

Walter Zumbrennen

I love this CD...
Mary is the ultimate storyteller. I have played this CD over and over. I would label this CD as "Dark Country"... The songs feel real, like she has lived every word. I wish she could get the fame she deserves.

tomawk millsaps

'really liked the songs and the style of mary's voice!
sugar cane, long way to fall, and walk thru the fire are great songs! i can see how this cd made it to #1 by the
new york times.

The All Night Watchman

The Magic Of Mercy Now Starts With Mary's Indy Releases
Everything has a logical progression. From Filth And Fire we get Mercy Now. These early indy releases are tremendous by themselves, yet they are peerless when matched against other contemporary artists. With Filth And Fire you can see the direction Mary is heading in. This CD is not as great as Mercy Now, but it enhances and compliments her new CD terrifically. It is a standout gem that shines with each successive listening. Mary is going places and these early CD releases are a testament to that fact.
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