LIVE: “American Songwriters” @ The Linda, 11/14/14

December 2nd, 2014, 3:00 pm by Greg
Gary Nicholson

Gary Nicholson

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

An outgrowth of the SongwritingWith:Soldiers program, which uses the power of collaborative songwriting with armed forces veterans to transform pain and isolation into hope and the ability to move forward, an award-winning bunch of singer-songwriters took to the stage of WAMC-FM’s The Linda recently for a free concert.

Veteran Texas tunesmith Darden Smith, acclaimed folk troubadour Mary Gauthier and number one hit songwriter and two-time Grammy Award-winning producer Gary Nicholson impressed the crowd with their deeply emotional songs. And they were joined by Local 518’s own Americana faves the North & South Dakotas.

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Live: Mary Gauthier @ Caffe Lena, 10/13/10

October 18th, 2010, 3:43 pm by Greg

Mary Gauthier @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs

Tania Elizabeth and Mary Gauthier

The first time I saw Mary Gauthier was nearly a decade ago at the now-defunct Winterhawk Bluegrass and Beyond Festival in Hillsdale. She was an unknown name to me, sharing the bill at a songwriters’ workshop with such heavyweights as Steve Forbert, Slaid Cleaves and Greg Brown. In the opening round, she served up “I Drink,” and after I picked my jaw up off the ground, I headed straight to the merch tent to buy her CD.

On Wednesday night at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, Gauthier tossed off the devastating “I Drink” as her second song of the night. She didn’t need to hold onto it for a big climax; she’s got plenty more where that one came from.

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