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Every songwriter in Nashville has a story. Mary Gauthier (pronounced go-shay) has a hell of one. A runaway from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Gauthier moved in with drag queens at age 17. She fought addiction to heroine, booze, and other intoxicants. After dropping out of college and moving to Boston, she opened a successful restaurant, Dixie Kitchen. At age 27, she got sober. Now in her mid-fifties, she’s become a respected artist in Nashville known for her honesty, truth, and grit in the art of crafting a song.
Tonight, she’ll take the stage at City Winery with two of her friends, Gretchen Peters and Eliza Gilkyson for a show they call “3 Women and the Truth.” We talked a little last week about the show, her past, and where she’s headed next.
On getting sober, Gauthier says “I didn’t start writing until I got sober. I got a late start in terms of music business. I didn’t really start writing until my mid-thirties and I didn’t come to Nashville till I was 40. I got my record deal late. Real late. I got sober when I was 27, it just took a long time for me to get my shit together after I got sober. I wrote the song “I Drink” when I was 5 years clean. It took time. I had to get perspective. Songwriting and being a creative person has been a real journey for me. It came as a result of getting sober.
Her debut album Drag Queens in Limousines came out in 2000. We revisited that time in her life, and I tried to jog her memory a bit.
“It was in Baton Rouge when I was 17. I was such a kid. (On trying to remember stage names of her friends) You know I’d really have to think. It was so long ago… The thing is, when I was with the drag queens, I didn’t have a big relationship with their stage persona. I had a relationship with them off the stage. They nurtured me and mothered me, not in drag, but out of drag. When it was show time, that whole thing scared me. Like I said, I was just a kid and that shit got really out of hand. I wasn’t old enough to go into the bars in the first place. The relationship was forged with me as an illegal minor in situations where I didn’t belong. But drag queens have a sixth sense about a kid in trouble and they protected me, as many will tend to do. Some drag queens are heroic in their ability to reach out to a kid in trouble. I was lucky enough to run into some who did that for me.”
She’s very excited to be performing at the City Winery tonight, because it’s time with good friends.
“Gretchen Peters, Eliza Gilkyson, and I have been on the road together with a show called “3 Women & The Truth, a couple years now I guess. We swap songs and get on stage together and tell stories. It’s really a great show and we’re great friends we enjoy each other very much.”
Peters is the songwriter with songs you’ve heard before, such as Patty Loveless’ “You Don’t Even Know Who I Am” and Martina McBride’s mega-hit “Independence Day.”
Gilkyson is a folk writer based in Austin. She was Grammy nominated in 2015 for folk album of the year with The Nocturne Diaries.
“Neither Eliza or I are in the hit making business. We’re in the art business. It’s different than trying to write something for commercial purposes. It’s not better or worse; it’s just different. In many ways, what we’re doing is out of favor. People are looking for truth in songs as much anymore. But it always comes back around. Songs are very powerful. When you’re in pain and you’re struggling, an honest song has things in it to keep you off the ledge. And doing songwriting as an art, as opposed to writing commercially, it takes a very different approach. Every now and then, I get songs recorded by famous recording artists. But that’s not the focus of my work and not my intent. I’m happy when it happens, don’t get me wrong, it helps pay the bills. But that’s never my fundamental motivation. My fundamental motivation is to get to the truth in singing."
Her song “How You Learn to Live Alone” is one of those that have been recorded by famous recording artists. In episode #201 (I Fall To Pieces) of the show Nashville, Jonathan Jackson performs the song in a scene at the (set version of) The Bluebird Café. In background research for this artist, it was the one that stuck out to me the most.
The song is hauntingly beautiful. The struggles we all go through when we go through a major breakup in the most honest, truth-telling lyrics one could summon. The depth of the lyrics like the line “Every revolution brings you closer to the sun” just brings chills and reminds you of your strength. Because even though it was hard, you made it. And if you’re listening to it while you’re in it, it gives you the courage you need to summon.
That is how I found the other songs in her vast catalogue. She’s that artist you need to turn on when you’re on the brink of losing your mind, or when you need to remember how you strong you were for not losing it. She’s one that can reach you in that dark place and make you feel better about it on the other side.
Gauthier is a Nashville veteran, playing all over town, including the Opry which she is very proud of. Being a lesbian on the Grand Ole Opry stage might have been a problem back a few years ago, but Gauthier is very proud to say that isn’t so anymore.
“When (her previous album) Trouble in Love came out, I played the Opry 5 times. There’s been a positive, welcoming response. And I look gay. I couldn’t pass, there’s no way I could pass. But even if I could pass, there’s no way that I’d ever try that… I look gay and I like looking gay. But there’s been a change. Nashville, and the Opry especially, is coming into its own. And I feel very welcome there. I think that’s very interesting to the readers, and especially the songwriters. Don’t tell yourself you can’t do it. You certainly can. It’s no longer a barrier.”
What’s coming in the future for Gauthier? She’s teaching others the craft.
“I’ve got a book coming out! It’s being published through Yale University. It’s about the art of songwriting. It’s talking to songwriters and other creative people about the art to songwriting, and fundamentally about the art of ‘song,’ as opposed to writing hits and the crap, and making a product for the market place. I’m more interested in what I do, trying to get to the truth in my songs. I guess that’s why they chose me to write this book for them. I’m very excited about the opportunity, and I think I’m close, I mean I feel real close.”
The art of her songwriting is just that; art. If you’re an aspiring songwriter, or like me and just appreciate someone who knows how to craft a song, you need to be at City Winery tonight. If you happen to miss tonight, she has a couple more sets coming up soon. You can find links for tickets tonight, as well as to upcoming shows and more information at her website www.marygauthier.com.
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For those with a thirst to celebrate, Red Bull Unlocked is the key. In city after city, the most exciting bars, clubs, mixologists, performing artists, and more take over a local landmark building to showcase their signature ambiance while also collaborating for a must-see mashup. And now it's Music City’s turn to seize the spotlight, as the event brings 10 bars together in East Nashville’s Five Points neighborhood.
Fueled by the best of Nashville’s thriving music scene, Red Bull Unlocked has curated an eclectic night of show-stopping entertainment performances including a pop-up Whiskey Jam show, DJ sets, musicians, and more. The full lineup is here:
- Whiskey Jam (feat. Dozzi, Willie Shaw, and Johnny Hayes)
- A.B. Eastwood
- Daisha / Rap Girl
- Boom Bap (DJ Collective feat. DJ-Rate, Case Bloom)
- Whiskey Disco (DJ Collective feat. Coach, Jim O'Shea)
- Old Crow Medicine Show’s Jerry Pentercost (DJ Set)
- DJ Stretch
- DJ Griffin Green
- The Play Mates (Drag Show feat. Sasha, Vanity, Deception, Aura Mayari, Corlis Todd, and Carmin Triple C)
Counting down to the epic celebration, Daisha shares, “I never thought I’d have the opportunity to perform in so many of Nashville’s top spots all in the same night. Fans can expect a lot of bops and high energy. I want people to dance and have a good time.”
Ward Guenther, Whiskey Jam Founder, adds, “Red Bull has been enjoyed at Whiskey Jam since the very first night, so it's only fitting Whiskey Jam is enjoyed at Nashville's first Red Bull Unlocked. Looking forward to this!”
Red Bull Unlocked Istanbul
Photo courtesy of Red Bull
Local favorites including Pearl Diver, Tin Roof, Lipstick Lounge, White Limozeen, and more will join forces for one epic night. Full list of bars and partners below:
- The Dive Motel
- Lipstick Lounge
- Pearl Diver
- Play Dance Bar
- Rosemary & Beauty Queen
- The Stage
- Tin Roof
- Whiskey Jam
- White Limozeen
- Woolworth Theatre – Opening Fall 2022!
- Eleven Eleven - Opening 2023!
Date: August 21, 2022
Time: 6 PM – 11PM CT
Location: 1102 Forrest Ave, Nashville, TN 37206
Entrance: Ticked event
Rumble Boxing, the boxing-inspired group fitness studio, opened its doors for the first time in Nashville on June 20 at 609 Overton St, Nashville, TN. The hottest workout on the block is hosting its official grand opening from August 4th-7th with daily classes, membership specials, and prizes from local vendors. The new Rumble Boxing studio is currently offering a buy one class, get one free promotion for the Nashville community.
Rumble Boxing delivers 45-minute, 10-round, strength and conditioning group workouts, crafted around teardrop-style aqua boxing bags and high-intensity strength training circuits. This brings all fitness levels together to experience what Rumble is known for: combining the sweet science of boxing with high energy and positive vibes.
Rumble Boxing Fitness Studio
Photo courtesy of Rumble Boxing Gulch Nashville
This boutique fitness brand offers serious benefits like increased stamina and strength, with cardio that’s actually fun. The seasoned trainers at the new studio are thrilled to serve their local community while offering this fun, new modern approach to boxing and welcome members of all fitness levels to the Rumble family.
The new Rumble Boxing studio is owned and operated by Blake Baskin and Antonio Compton. With their background in the fitness industry, this dynamic duo is excited to bring their passion for boxing and group fitness to Nashville. As business and life partners, Blake and Antonio aim to create a strong community within their new Rumble Boxing studio and share their message of non-apologetic inclusivity.
Black and Gay-Owned Business
Rumble Boxing Store with Dolly Parton Mural
Photo courtesy of Rumble Boxing Gulch Nashville
“We own who we are, and this brand aligns with that perfectly,” said Antonio. “This is what we want to create and bring to this community: a fitness class that is designed for anyone and a place for people to be who they are. As a Black and gay-owned business, we want to help lower the division we see in the world right now. Our goal is to bring people together through Rumble, set everything aside, and have fun.”
To echo their message of acceptance and inclusion, Blake and Antonio commissioned a local Nashville artist to paint an 11 X 6-ft. mural of Nashville icon and philanthropist, Dolly Parton. The massive portrait features the country star in Rumble Boxing gear in the lobby of the studio.
The excitement and buzz around Rumble allowed Blake and Antonio to recruit top-tier trainers to head up the new studio, including Head Trainer Oronde Jones, a well-known celebrity trainer in the Nashville market.
Rumble Boxing Fitness Studio
Photo courtesy of Rumble Boxing Gulch Nashville
“Compared to other fitness classes, Rumble is a class you can truly get lost in for 45 minutes. With the dark room, you don’t have to worry if anyone is paying attention to you. The music is awesome and inspiring, and the beat drops right when you need it the most. Also, with boxing being a sport you can never truly master, you’re always improving and crafting your skill. On the floor, you’re consistently doing something new, which prevents you from ever hitting a plateau.” Said Oronde Jones about his favorite part of Rumble.
Rumble has massive brand loyalty and widespread appeal, partly thanks to attracting top names like Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Kendall Jenner, Hailey Baldwin, Jason Derulo, David Beckham, and Kevin Hart to its studios.
About Rumble Boxing
Founded in New York City in 2017, Rumble is a group fitness concept delivering a mix (or combination) of boxing-inspired circuits and the transformative power of resistance training. Pro and amateur fighters glove up together, no matter their fitness level or skill, to reveal their inner fighter. The experience is a 45-minute, 10-round, full-body cardio and strength workout crafted around specially designed water-filled, teardrop-style boxing bags. Rumble was founded by Noah Neiman (former Barry’s Bootcamp Master Trainer, and cast member of Bravo’s Work Out New York), Eugene Remm (Co-Founder of Catch Hospitality Group (Catch Restaurants, CATCH STEAK, Lexington Brass), Andy Stenzler (Co-Founder Cosí, Kidville), and Anthony DiMarco (13-time IRONMAN, former Managing Director, Google).
Who would have thought that we would have to get through a pandemic in order to appreciate the small things we have, such as the ability to simply pack our bags and hit the road?
For two years, there’s been nothing left for us travel junkies to do but sit at home and try to find new destinations that we will conquer once we defeat what appears to be the biggest villain of the 21st century. But once that happens, hold your bags tight because we will be up for some of the most interesting travel experiences. Take a look at some ideas for your post-COVID traveling plans:
A Gay Cruise
One of the best options to have in mind when all of this passes is a good, nice and long (pun intended) gay cruise. Or cruise in general, for that matter. Bear in mind, social distancing will still be a thing in the post-COVID world. But COVID-19 likely doesn’t mean that cruises will cease to exist. On the contrary, though cruise ships will probably keep the number of passengers smaller than before, it is believed that they will become an even bigger hit in the following period, especially because they are all going to go a lot more environmentally-friendly. On the bright side, is there any better way of celebrating the end of the pandemic than by cruising around some magnificent seas, stopping by at great cities and having romantic dinner nights at nice restaurants?
A getaway in nature
On the other hand, there is always the option of stepping away from the hustle and bustle of large cities, and spending some time in a place that’s not only healthy, but also beautiful. Some of the destinations that plenty of people will look for are the ones that can cater for both peace of mind and amazing things to see or do. One such destination is New Zealand, one of the greenest countries on Earth right now. Not only will you be visiting the magnificent country that gave us the beautiful Shire from Lord of the Rings; this is also a destination that’s excellent for everyone who prefers relaxing to partying. If you’re up for some partying, you will be able to hit Auckland, while if you’re for something calmer, there’s plenty of amazing places that you can see and visit.
Dancing Around at Pride
Pride parades are also events that you want to have in mind for the post-COVID world. Such events have always been quite important, but it seems that they are now more important than ever. The virus has canceled more than 75 Pride parades all around the world, which is one of the reasons why we must support the ones that will see the light of day once the pandemic stops. Truth be told, the upcoming Prides will perhaps be the best Prides ever organized. Give the gays a couple of weeks of quarantine, then let them outside and see what kind of party they are able to throw!
A road trip
If you’re, as well, waiting for the day to wake up and say “long gone are the days when we were not allowed to go wherever we wanted?”, and if staying at one place gave you a lot to think about, then your first post-COVID travel experience should definitely be a nice road trip. You can practically choose which country you want to tour, and you can either take your own car (you have probably missed it so much), or rent one at your destination. Australia is an amazing country for this, though, as it offers the possibility of seeing the Great Ocean Road, which is an amazing thing to see and experience. On the other hand, if you do not want or cannot leave your country, you can also choose to go on a domestic road trip – there are amazing things to see in your vicinity as well.
Holiday for a single guy
If you’re single, or you’re traveling someplace with another single friend, then you should definitely organize a nice vacation for yourself or for you and your single friend, and hit one of the best European cities. Europe has been greatly affected by the virus, which means that now it’s time to pay it back and get it back on its feet by traveling there and seeing all the amazing things it offers. Any city you choose in Europe – you will not make a mistake. Apart from being able to see great landmarks, you will also have the chance to have a drink at great gay clubs and pubs, and join unforgettable gay parties. And if the gay scenery is not your forte, worry not, as Europe indeed has to offer so many different and magnificent things.