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Mary Gauthier

Between Daylight and Dark

Lost Highway

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Mary Gauthier & Tania Elizabeth-Between the Daylight and Dark @AC&T 2012
Mary Gauthier Grammy Museum Interview with Scott Goldman
Saved by a Song | Mary Gauthier | TEDxLincolnSquare
1 Snakebit  
2 Can't Find The Way  
3 Between The Daylight And The Dark  
4 Last Of The Hobo Kings  
5 Before You Leave  
6 Please  
7 Same Road  
8 I Ain't Leaving  
9 Soft Place To Land  
10 Thanksgiving  
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In the case of Mary Gauthier, four words are worth a thousand pictures. Between Daylight and Dark, her new Lost Highway album, finds her aiming her compass at the sky and searching for home. It is from this longing for home that this group of songs has emerged, and they fill Gauthier's new album with both hope and anguish, with faith as well as fear.

Mary Gauthier knows these places well, having traveled through a night that had stretched into years, from a turbulent Louisiana childhood through odd juxtapositions of accomplishment and devastation. The result is reflected in the music, starting as a trickle of songs almost from the moment of her sobriety and swelling into the stream that fed her first two self-released albums (Dixie Kitchen, Drag Queens in Limousines), an indie-label release (Filth and Fire), and her stunning Lost Highway debut (Mercy Now).

Acclaim has followed Gauthier. Mercy Now was continuously "discovered" and lauded in the two years following its release, earning mentions on a score of year end "best of" lists in '05, including the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune and No Depression. The album even received a benediction from Bob Dylan, who included one of its songs on a playlist for his XM Satellite Radio program.

Gauthier's evolution as a songwriter continues on Between Daylight and Dark, though the scenery has changed. You have to look closely to see the difference, but it's there, like a flower pushing through rubble: an intimation of hope, a trace of sunrise in the troubled sky. It's in the understanding that even as a lover departs on "Before You Leave", Gauthier sings, "the light that used to shine behind your eyes gets brighter as you walk away". In the weary wisdom bestowed by love on "Same Road," Gauthier knows that "when you flirt with the shadows, darkness snakes under your skin" yet even here, there's hope: "The only way back home is to let the light of truth come in."

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