Three Women & The Truth: Gauthier/Gilkyson/Peters

Saturday, February 11, 2017

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Mary Gauthier is a singer songwriter whom the Associated Press named one of the best songwriters of her generation.  She has been praised by both Dylan and Waits, and her songs have been recorded by dozens of artists, including Jimmy Buffett, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw and Candi Staton.  Her songs have been used in film and television, most recently on the ABC hit show Nashville, HBO’s Banshee, and Masterpiece Theater’s Case Histories.  She has released six studio albums.  Her third album, Filth and Fire, was named #1 Best Independent CD of the year by Jon Pareles of the New York Times.  Her following three releases have been named in the LA Times and New York Times top three releases of the year.  Her recordMercyNow was named in the top 5 records of the decade by No Depression magazine.  

“With songwriting as powerful as hers, there’s no need to go looking for qualifiers…[Mary Gauthier is] a unique, intrinsically valuable musical voice.  And there’s never a surplus of those.”  Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times

Eliza Gilkyson is a two-time Grammy nominated singer, songwriter and activist who is one of the most respected musicians in Folk, Roots and Americana circles.  Her songs have been covered by Joan Baez, Bob Geldof, Tom Rush and Rosanne Cash and have appeared in films, PBS specials and on prime-time TV.  A member of the Austin Music Hall of Fame, she has won countless Folk Alliance and Austin Music awards, including 2014’s Songwriter of the Year.  In 2014 she received a Grammy nomination for her Red House Records release, The Nocturne Diaries.  On stage, Eliza presents a vibrant mix of laugh-til-you-cry storytelling, political diatribe, and love songs ranging from the global to the most intimate.

“Whether she looks into darkness or light, Eliza Gilkyson’s vision is impressive, and she’s given us another remarkable glimpse at her gifts as a vocalist and songwriter on The Nocturne Diaries.” – All Music Guide

Twice Grammy-nominated and CMA Song of the Year winner for the groundbreaking “Independence Day” (Martina McBride), Gretchen Peters has cut her own artistic path, touring continually in both North America and the UK and Europe, and releasing nine critically acclaimed albums on the way.  Born in New York and raised in Colorado, the 25-year Nashville resident has accumulated accolades as a songwriter for artists as diverse as Etta James, Trisha Yearwood, Bonnie Raitt, The Neville Brothers, Patty Loveless, George Strait, Bryan Adams and Faith Hill.  Her album Hello Cruel World (2012) landed in the top 5 on the Americana chart and maintained the #1 position for a record-breaking 2 months on the EuroAmericana chart.  It was described by NPR’s All Things Considered as “the album of her career.”

“[Peters’ Hello Cruel World is] lean and poetic, unafraid to tackle the deep, poignant stuff, yet strongly melodic too… an affecting, beautifully measured, very grown-up affair.” – Q Magazine

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Three women, three guitars and the words, music, and hard-won wisdom from three lifetimes spent in pursuit of the song. Three Women and The Truth is a trio of accomplished, richly talented, multiple award winning female songwriters whose songs cut through the murky layers of life's complexities. Writing from their own experience, these songwriters are skilled in balancing personal tales with classic underpinnings, which hint at the evocative idea that all our lives are full of events and incidents that touch on the mythic and the timeless.

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