Mary Gauthier

Mary Gauthier

Blue Moon Coffeehouse Welcomes Mary Gauthier

January 24, 2007

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - Illinois Wesleyan University's Blue Moon Coffeehouse series will feature returning artist singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier at a special Sunday evening performance on Feb. 11 at 7:00 p.m. in Westbrook Auditorium of Presser Hall (1210 Park St., Bloomington).  Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 and available at The Garlic Press (106 W. North St., Normal) or at the venue beginning at 6:00 p.m. on the night of the performance.  Reserve tickets by phone by calling the Blue Moon Hotline at (309) 556-3815 Monday-Friday from 8:00-noon and 1:00-4:00 p.m.  Tickets are also available for purchase by credit card online.  E-mail your request to bluemoon@iwu.edu.

Gauthier describes herself as a truth teller, a term that pays tribute to her musical influences-Bob Dylan, Jim Morrison, Neil Young and Patti Smith to name a few.  Her recent albums, 1999's Drag Queens in Limousines and its 2002 follow-up, Filth & Fire, drew praise from critics and established her as one of the Americana scene's heavy hitters.  She was named the New/Emerging Artist of the Year at the 2005 Americana Music Awards, and is currently touring in support of her fourth album, Mercy Now, which ranked number one on L.A. Times writer Randy Lewis's Top Ten Music List for 2005.  According to Lewis: "The Louisiana singer-songwriter's major-label debut crackles with truths lifted with a surgeon's precision from the struggles of real life.  Following in the footsteps of John Prine, Gauthier exhibits a poet's unflinching eye, a counselor's compassionate heart and a trickster's wry spirit."

For additional information on Gauthier, visit her web site at www.marygauthier.com.  For additional information on the Blue Moon Coffeehouse, visit sun.iwu.edu/~bluemoon/.

 Contact: Amanda ReCupido, (309) 556-3181