Songwriter Mary Gauthier is set to release a new album, Rifles & Rosary Beads, on January 26 but before that she will be at a screening of a documentary about the making of the record. The Cinema on The Bayou in Lafayette will be showing the film on January 24 and Gauthier, who will be accompanied by the filmmakers Neilson Hubbard and Josh Britt, will answer questions and play songs.
“Over the last four years, as many of you know, I’ve been thrilled to work closely with SongwritingWith:Soldiers, attending retreats all over the country and writing songs with service members,” explains Gauthier. “Writing with soldiers has changed me. I’ve learned the deeper meaning of service, sacrifice, and love. Co-writing with Veterans has helped me to see what songs do on a higher level, and pointed me to the best use of my songwriting gift.
“Working with service members has made me a better listener, a better team member. It’s been humbling. SW:S has given me an amazing opportunity to meet people I never would have met, and hear their stories, which have moved me deeply. It’s connected me to people who have become like family to me. The process of writing songs with them has been deeply therapeutic for me personally, and some of the Veterans feel the same way. But it’s not therapy. It is empathy: the making of art.”
Gauthier heads back to Nashville on January 25 to teach a sold out Songwriting Workshop, then flies to London January 29 to lead a Songwriting Workshop at the Americana UK Awards and present an Award at the Awards Show. Gauthier and Michele Gazich will perform an Album Release Show in Milton Keynes, UK on January 31, with Special Guest Aaron Lee Tasjan.