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Six Crucial Questions For…
Singer/Songwriter Mary Gauthier

When Mary Gauthier opens her mouth, you listen. She isn’t trying to burn the house down. She isn’t yelling and screaming. She just wants to tell stories, and the purity and simplicity of that drive is what gets the listener’s attention.

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Mary Gauthier has been lauded by the likes of National Public Radio (U.S.), Rolling Stone, and USA Today, and currently she is touring in support of Trouble & Love, hitting much of the U.S., and… Denmark in August. Her next show is April 7th at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis, MN.

Recently, I was lucky enough to ask the artist six quick, crucial questions, no follow up allowed. Those are NewsWhistle’s self-imposed rules, and Ms. Gauthier got short (and sweet) with me ☺

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Chad Werner: What is your earliest musical memory?

Mary Gauthier: My father playing the clarinet.

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CW: What has been your most embarrassing musical moment?

MG: It would be impossible to name a single most embarrassing moment. Being a singer-songwriter is about swallowing your pride.

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CW: What do you like or dislike about touring?

MG: Love the shows, the people I meet, the towns I visit. I don’t love the travel, the drives, the flights.

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CW: What is your favorite record store, anywhere in the world?

MG: What’s a record store?

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CW: Other than your own music, what is your favorite song or album of all-time? Why?

MG: Music goes with moods, and moods change. I have thousands of favorites, maybe tens of thousands. I love music that has brilliant lyrics, and great melodies.

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CW: You wake up in a seedy Berlin hotel room with no recollection of the past 96 hours. Who is your first call?

MG: Rehab.

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Lead-In Image Courtesy of All Eyes Media and Mary Gauthier; Photograph Courtesy of Jack Spencer 

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NewsWhistle music contributor Chad Werner is “ahead of the curve, behind the times.” You can contact this rock n’ roll sphinx at chad@newswhistle.com (e-mail) or @scooternotmoped (Twitter).