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An Evening with Mary Gauthier and Robbie Fulks

September 14 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

$30 – $35
Mary Gauthier and Robbie Fulks

Mary Gauthier is a Grammy-nominated American country/folk singer/songwriter and critically acclaimed author whose dark atmospheres and tales of marginalized people draw on her early experiences with addiction and recovery and growing up gay in southern Louisiana.

Each song on Gauthier’s 2019 Grammy-nominated tenth album Rifles & Rosary Beads delivered a gut punch: deceptively simple and emotionally complex. From the opening “Soldiering On” (“What saves you in the battle/Can kill you at home”) to “Bullet Holes in the Sky” (“They thank me for my service/And wave their little flags/They genuflect on Sundays/And yes, they’d send us back”), all eleven songs were co-written with wounded veterans as part of the five-year-old Songwriting With: Soldiers program. Participants of the program have said the experience of songwriting was life-changing.

Gauthier’s first nine albums presented extraordinary confessional songs, deeply personal, profoundly emotional pieces ranging from “I Drink,” a blunt accounting of addiction, to “March 11, 1962,” the day she was born — and relinquished to an orphanage — to “Worthy,” in which the singer finally understands that she is deserving of love. A number of her studio albums have gone Gold or Platinum in the U.S.

In her 2021 memoir, Gauthier said: “Writing helps me sort out confusion, untangle powerful emotions, and ward off desperation. It helps me navigate the powerful emotional weather systems of life.”

Gauthier’s songs have been recorded by dozens of artists, including Jimmy Buffet, Dolly Parton, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Bettye Lavette and Amy Helm. They have also appeared in film and television projects, including HBO TV’s Yellowstone.

Highlights of her many awards include: Best Album of the Year, 2019 International Folk Music Awards; nomination for Best Folk Album of the Year, 2019 Grammy Awards; #1 Best Singer/Songwriter Album, L.A. Times 2018; and #1 Song of the Year by Malcolm Gladwell/NPR, 2018.

“Gauthier is one of the best songwriters of her generation.” –The Associated Press

ABOUT ROBBIE FULKS

Robbie Fulks is a founding father of the alt-country scene and an icon in roots music. One of the most gifted songwriters of his generation and deeply rooted in the musical traditions that built an entire genre, Fulks’s adventurous spirit and eclectic persona have defined a critically-acclaimed 30-year-plus career that has included 16 solo albums and two Grammy® nominations. Fulks performed on NBC’s Today and Late Night with Conan O’Brien shows as well as on PBS’s Austin City Limits. From 2004 to 2008 he hosted an hourlong performance/interview program for XM satellite radio, “Robbie’s Secret Country.” He’s also made multiple radio appearances on WSM’s “Grand Ole Opry”; PRI’s “Whad’ya Know”; NPR’s “Fresh Air,” “Mountain Stage,” and “World Cafe”; and the syndicated “Acoustic Café.”

Fulks says that he learned guitar from his dad, and banjo from the Earl Scruggs instruction book. His instrumental prowess now is not to be overlooked. As an instrumentalist, Fulks has accompanied the Irish fiddle master Liz Carroll, the distinguished jazz violinist Jenny Scheinman, and the New Orleans pianist Dr. John.

“[Fulks is] one part artful country, one part artful sendup of country, and one part a little of everything else.” – New York Times

“Robbie Fulks sits atop one of the finest catalogs in underground roots music.” – Bandcamp Daily

Variety Magazine says “To say that Robbie Fulks has been one of the best singer-songwriters in American roots music over the last quarter-century would be correct, and maybe a little reductive, too; he’s one of the best writers in America, period.” After a stint as a Music Row songwriter in Nashville in the 1990s, he embarked on a solo career with the Chicago-based indie Bloodshot Records and later, Geffen and Yep Roc, releasing a string of albums that helped to define the “alternative country” movement. His 2016 release Upland Stories garnered Grammy® nominations for Best Folk Album and Best American Roots Song for the track “Alabama At Night.”

As Variety Magazine puts it, “Fulks has long been pegged — not inaccurately — as an essential alt-country guy, having emerged out of the Chicago rocking-roots scene with his first album for Bloodshot in 1996… But in his most recent albums he leaned harder into a more austere folk tradition and now, on his just-released [2023] debut for Compass Records, Fulks has planted both feet squarely in bluegrass, for the moment.”

“Americana and alt-country hero Robbie Fulks has reached back to his bluegrass roots for his next album, appropriately titled Bluegrass Vacation.” – Bluegrass Today

“Bluegrass Vacation is a vibrant celebration.” – No Depression

… the current album could be considered his most essential effort to date.” – Bluegrass Today, April 7, 2023

www.marygauthier.com www.robbiefulks.com

$30 in advance $35 at the door

Details

Date:
September 14
Time:
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Cost:
$30 – $35
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Website:
https://flyingcatmusic.org/all-shows

Organizer

Flying Cat Music
Phone
845-688-9453
Email
FlyingCatMusic@gmail.com

Venue

United Methodist Church
29 Church Street
Phoenicia, NY 12464 United States
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