Mary Gauthier Brings Dark Past to 'Mercy Now'

Songs from 'Mercy Now'

Listen: Falling Out of Love

Listen: I Drink

Listen: Prayer Without Words

An old adage holds that a classic country music song must contain certain ingredients: a broken heart, a beat-up pickup truck, hard times and loss. Singer Mary Gauthier understands the formula well from her own hardscrabble life. A former restaurateur, Gauthier grew up in Louisiana where she dropped out of high school, spent her 18th birthday in prison and later battled alcohol and drugs.

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Today, she is breaking through as an acclaimed singer-songwriter. On Mercy Now, her recently released fourth CD, Gauthier weaves her past into sparse and haunting melodies.

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Mercy Now
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Mary Gauthier
Label
Lost Highway
Released
2005

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