|Genres:||Country & Bluegrass|
|Tags:||alt-country singer-songwriter female vocalists folk americana country acoustic|
|Links:||BBC Music MySpace Official Homepage Wikipedia|
1962, Thibodaux, Louisiana, USA. This New England-based alt country singer-songwriter has plenty of autobiographical material on which to draw from. Adopted at birth, she dropped out of high school at the age of 15, stole the family car and landed in detox barely a year later, spending her eighteenth birthday in a Kansas City jail. She began to turn her life around in her early twenties, studying philosophy at Louisiana State University and then attending the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts. Her remarkable transformation was complete when Gauthier opened her Dixie Kitchen restaurant in Boston. While running this successful business, Gauthier began attending songwriting workshops and in the late 90s, newly sober, she launched a performing career with an album named after her restaurant. Drawing on both folk and country tradition, Gauthier ploughed a similar furrow to fellow US singer-songwriters John Prine and Steve Earle. Her lyrics made ample reference to...