Mary Gauthier, Ray Wylie Hubbard | City Winery | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Mary Gauthier, Ray Wylie Hubbard Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Recommended Image

When: Wed., Aug. 21, 8 p.m. 2013

Last year Nashville outsider Mary Gauthier released Live at Blue Rock (In the Black), a career survey recorded before a small audience in Wimberley, Texas, just outside Austin. That locale makes good sense for her, because she’s much closer to Texas troubadours such as Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark than she is to most Music City types; she didn’t get serious about music till she was 35, several years after finally kicking alcohol and drugs, but since then she’s become a hardscrabble storyteller with a clenched delivery and the raspy voice of someone who’s survived a rough life. Many of the songs draw upon personal experiences: “Blood Is Blood” is about learning she was adopted and struggling to come to terms with that, while the bruising “I Drink” deals with alcoholism and the way it runs in families. Gauthier shares the bill tonight with Texas singer Ray Wylie Hubbard, who uses a similar drawling, half-spoken style and is, like her, a thick-skinned romantic who finds the poetry in unsentimental confessionals. She supports her vocals by playing guitar, backed by drummer Joann Miller and guitarist and pianist Scott Nolan. —Peter Margasak Ray Wylie Hubbard opens.

Price: $25-$28, $35 for VIP

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