KFAI proudly sponsors a terrific double-bill with two of the finest country-edged singer-songwriters around, Mary Gauthier and Ray Wylie Hubbard, at the Cedar Cultural Center, Thursday, August 22, at 7:30 pm. Each of them draws upon a wealth of life experiences and wields a highly creative pen.
In conversation and in public, Mary Gauthier comes off as a practical, no-nonsense woman – stoic, even. Which wouldn’t seem unusual, except for the fact that her songs carry so much emotional punch, they can leave you staggering. She has a way of burrowing into that hole so many of us carry inside our souls, and emerging with universal truths that show we aren’t so alone after all. Her six albums have received countless accolades. Her 2005 album, "Mercy Now," earned her the Americana Music Association’s New/Emerging Artist of the Year title, and 2011’s "The Foundling" was named the No. 3 Record of the Year by the L.A. Times.
The opening track on Ray Wylie Hubbard's latest album, "The Grifter's Hymnal," is “Coricidin Bottle,” and it will tell you everything you need to know about the album in just under two minutes. What it tells you about "The Grifter’s Hymnal" is that the record rocks. What it tells you about Ray Wylie Hubbard is, he’s the kind scrapper poet with the devil-may-care wherewithal to write both “lay down a groove like a monkey gettin’ off” and “shakes the mortal coil round my amaranthine soul” into the same song – and with the lethal charm and chops to pull it off. Hubbard’s ragged-but-right vocals and lyrical wits continue to get better and better with age.
More information is available The Cedar Cultural Center.