Acclaimed singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier will perform at Nowhere Else Festival on May 26 in support of her most important work to date, Rifles & Rosary Beads (Thirty Tigers). Co-written with U.S. veterans and their families, the eleven deeply personal songs reveal the untold stories and struggles that veterans and their spouses deal with abroad and after returning home. There may be no artist more well-equipped than Gauthier to convey such vulnerable subject material with clarity and empathy. The press seem to agree, with positive coverage from NPR, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, Noisey and more, as well as appearances on I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman and CBS This Morning.
The songs featured on Rifles & Rosary Beads were all co-written as part of Songwriting With:Soldiers, a non-profit program that facilitates retreats bringing professional songwriters together with wounded veterans and active duty military. Participants have shared that the experience of songwriting was life changing for them, some even said life saving. No stranger to pain or demons herself, Gauthier has used songwriting to work through addiction and childhood abandonment as an orphan, but this is the first album where she has focused solely on experiences other than her own. Mary Gauthier is helping veterans share experiences that only they can understand, in a way that we as listeners can relate to. This process not only has the power to touch others but also to help soldiers take a step towards healing, while at the same time creating beautiful art. For more insight, read the extensive Oxford American Feature.
Mary Gauthier has proven over the last decade and a half to be one of the most honest and powerful voices in American music. In addition to having her classic track “Mercy Now” included in Rolling Stone‘s “Saddest Country Songs of all Time,” Gauthier has received countless critical accolades for her seven studio albums and captivating live performances. Her previous album Trouble & Love reached #31 on the Billboard Heatseeker’s Chart, charted on Americana radio and received unanimous praise from a range of press, including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Los Angeles Times. View highlights HERE.