Mary Gauthier Wins American Music Association UK’s International Artist of the Year and International Folk Music Awards Album of the Year
|MARY GAUTHIER WINS AMERICANA MUSIC ASSOCIATION UK’S |
“INTERNATIONAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR” AND THE INTERNATIONAL
FOLK MUSIC AWARDS “ALBUM OF THE YEAR”
FOR RIFLES & ROSARY BEADS
CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED RELEASE GRAMMY NOMINATED FOR “BEST
FOLK ALBUM” AND AMERICANA MUSIC ASSOCIATION’S “ALBUM OF THE YEAR”
“…Rifles & Rosary Beads, is not only one of the most arresting American
singer-songwriter records in recent years, but one of the most vital pieces
of art to come out of those two wars.” – Rolling Stone Country
Nashville, TN – Rifles & Rosary Beads, the latest album from singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier has continued to gather accolades from the press and beyond since its January 26th (2018) release via Thirty Tigers. Gauthier was recently awarded the Americana Music Association’s UK “International Artist Of The Year” Award and followed that by winning “Album Of The Year” at the International Folk Music Awards (Folk Alliance). The album garnered a GRAMMY nomination in the “Best Folk Album” category and was nominated for “Album Of The Year” by the Americana Music Association. The LA Times also named Rifles & Rosary Beads their 2018 “Singer/Songwriter Album Of The Year”, and supported with an in-depth feature.
The songs on Rifles & Rosary Beads were all co-written as part of SongwritingWith:Soldiers, a non-profit program that organizes retreats which pair professional songwriters with wounded and active duty military. Participants have shared that the experience of songwriting was life-changing for them and in some cases life-saving. For a glimpse of the magnitude of this impact please view this moving feature by CBS This Morning.
Rifles & Rosary Beads has connected with Mary’s peers and fans as well as the press whose coverage has included features and reviews via Entertainment Weekly (Best Albums Of 2018), NPR Weekend Edition,
Associated Press, World Café, The New York Times, The Wall Street
Journal, Billboard, Oxford Americanand Sarah Silverman’s Hulu TV Show I Love You, America.
“…nothing short of a folk music mission statement . . . by using her platform she achieves what so many who tout themselves and musicians and activists strive to do: She hands over the reins to those who need them most, in a
way that prioritizes their longevity.” – Noisey
“The album’s honesty and insight into an often overlooked aspect of American democracy – the on-the-ground experiences of soldiers and, especially, the aftermath of their time in combat – is a gift in a contemporary momentfull of chatter and political rhetoric.” – NPR World Café
“Mary Gauthier is no stranger to the gut punch. The lyrical precision on the folk singer’s first eight studio albums is testament to her ability to
transform her own trauma into a purposeful and communal narrative.”
– NPR Weekend Edition
“…the album brings reflection on one type of service, exactly as it provides another: confession and complication, cover fire for forgiveness.”
– Oxford American
“Mary Gauthier has established herself as one of music’s most confessional songwriters, penning gritty stories of addiction and loss.” – Garden & GunMary Gauthier’s background and life experiences allow her to connect with veterans and their families in a unique way, making Rifles & Rosary Beads a landmark project in her career and proving that Gauthier continues to be one of the most important, passionate and honest voices in American music. A troubadour in the truest sense, Mary Gauthier will be touring heavily in 2019. See Mary’s upcoming tour dates below.