Battle-scarred Americana trailblazer Mary Gauthier returns with a new album, Trouble & Love, and new Canadian label home on Six Shooter Records.
The pain and ache in Gauthier’s music comes from her own life’s jagged edges and gutting experiences, from adoption and isolation to addiction and trauma. As a chronicler of bad luck and hard times, Gauthier has carved out a particular place of emotional honesty and immediacy in the Americana world. Trouble & Love, her first album in four years, tells yet more tales of survival and struggle with new rays of hope and growth piercing the caverns of hurt.
Gauthier is a master of raw minimalism; Trouble & Love is an impeccable example of artistic restraint that delivers maximum emotional impact. Her music never rattles rafters or crashes like cymbals toward the high notes in a power chorus. Her tempos shuffle and trudge more than they dash. The musical talent that backs her on this album is similarly top-notch yet understated, a handful of Nashville’s unassuming best, including Darrell Scott, Beth Nielson Chapman, Ashley Cleveland, the McCrary Sisters, and Duane Eddy.
Listen to the opening track, When A Woman Goes Cold,
Six Shooter Records is all about the song, and Mary Gauthier’s music exemplifies a clarity of vision and ability to turn agony into beauty that we respect and admire. We welcome this fine album, Trouble & Love, on June 10, 2014.
CANADIAN TOUR DATES:
TORONTO, ON: Hugh’s Room, June 3, CD RELEASE SHOW
WAKEFIELD, QC: The Blacksheep Inn, June 5
MONTREAL, QC: Le Divan Orange, July 6
PORT MOODY, BC: REO Songwriters Retreat, July 13-17
EDMONTON, AB: Blue Chair Café, July 18 + 19
More tour dates to come.