Mary Gauthier's 'Rifles and Rosary Beads' Is Modern Folk Music at Its Best

The songwriter paired with veterans to write the music for her latest album, and not even she could’ve predicted the powerful result. Annalise Domenighini Jan 26 2018, 6:00pm When Mary Gauthier decided to use her role as a folk musician to elevate the voices of the frequently unheard on her latest album Rifles and Rosary Beads , she did nothing more than take advantage of a centuries-old tradition. Working with veterans for her latest record—her overall 11th record, 8th studio record, and first not to focus specifically on her lived experience— is nothing short of a folk music mission statement, and by using her platform she achieves what so many who tout themselves and musicians and activists strive to do: She hands over the reins to those who need them most, in a way that prioritizes their longevity. Advertisement “What saves you in the battle / Can kill you at home,” sings Gauthier on “Soldering On,” mixing electric guitar and fiddle harmonies to create a sound that modernizes folk music while paying tribute to its history. This is how the 55-year-old folk singer opens her latest album, Rifles and Rosary Beads , a collaboration with SongwritingWith:Soldiers , a nonprofit […]

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