In June of this year, award-winning American folk singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier released Dark Enough to See the Stars, her first album in 8 years. On the LP Mary mourns the loss of dear friends by offering an optimistic side of herself with songs that celebrate the joy of new love and personal contentment. Upon encountering this tender and thoughtful album, PBS announcer Ernie was inspired to explore the PBS music library and to dig up Gauthier’s past live recordings here at the station.

Gauthier visited PBS three times; first in 2007, then on two separate trips in 2010. On each of these occasions, she recorded live sets in Studio 5 that went to air on Myles O’Neil-Shaw’s 5ft High & Rising and the late David Heard’s Acid Country. Each of these sessions captures Gauthier’s wonderful ability to tell captivating stories about hardship, trauma and marginalisation in the form of honest, heartwarming songs.

We sincerely look forward to having Mary Gauthier at PBS again. In the meantime, and for our next Studio 5 presentation, we’ve put together a medley of her songs from each of her past Studio 5 Live sessions.

Tune in to Ernie’s Swinging Doors on September 1 to hear this carefully curated selection of her gorgeous songs.

Studio 5 Live is proudly presented by our friends at Mountain Goat.